Writing can also be a matter of inspiration, but there are rules for writing a book (a novel, a long or a short essay, a story or other text) that allow you to increase the quality of what you write and expand the audience of people who they will read your work. The following are not just rules for writing “good” but also suggestions for writing something that can affect the public (you can in any case keep in mind that if necessary you can rely on a ghostwriter and limit yourself to be so to speak the “directors” of their book).
Choose a theme that is familiar to you
The fundamental rule for writing a book and getting it published is to choose a suitable theme from the beginning. If the theme is right for you then maybe you won’t have to do superhuman efforts to “create” your book, but the book will, so to speak, be created by itself. If you are not on the right track, you risk finding yourself on a dead track. Choose themes with which you are familiar or very interested. Don’t accept the first fashion theme or the first theme that happens to you. You would end up losing motivation. The theme must involve you and excite you. It must be made for you, for your interests, and must come from your experiences.
Choose one or two kinds you love
Do you love fantasy or yellow books? Historical thrillers, comic books, adventure novels, love novels, psychological novels, generational, vampire horror? Do you write short stories? Are you interested in scientific essays? Do you want to write stories and fairy tales for children or a novel about your life, an autobiographical text, or an experimental narrative text or a textbook text? You can choose one, two or three kinds and combine them. However, you must also consider that some combinations of genres may not be interesting for a publisher. Often for publishers the adherence of a text to a specific genre is important, because this means the insertion of the text itself in a specific series, which has a precise commercial function. If, for example, there are many series of detective novels, or series of fantasy novels, it will be more difficult to come across a series specializing in fantasy yellows. Coming out of a genre or creating a hybrid of genres can be an indication of originality on the one hand but on the other it could create difficulties in editorial positioning.
Choose a “hot” theme
Try to address your writing to the reality in which you find yourself, to problems and live themes that touch the lives of the people around you. The closer you get to the eye of the storm in your writing, to the circle of the wave of contemporary life, the greater your chances of going to people’s hearts and, therefore, of triggering emotions and interest.
Do research on the subject
How can a theme become a book? The next step is to go deeper into the topic. Read other books, magazines, articles, films on the subject and / or meditate on your own experiences: research is the indispensable condition for every good compilation book, for every good essay and for every good novel. If you can, try to internationalize your searches. If you don’t know a foreign language, study it and read the books in that other language. Write a bibliography, that is a list of books that will be useful to you. Try typing a few keywords here, where you can search in all Italian libraries.
Take notes on that theme whenever an idea comes to mind. Bring paper with you, even a portable recorder, any means that allows you to record your ideas instantly. Without disdaining even the toilet paper, if necessary …
If your book is an essay that requires specific documentation, remember to always mark the source from which you take inspiration or from which you get the information, with all the necessary bibliographic data and page number. If it is a foreign source, write the quotations in the original language and translate only later. Always remember to keep both the originals and the translations. If it is a website, mark the internet address and the exact date of consultation (in fact an internet page could easily be transferred elsewhere). It is also advisable to save the web pages in a folder.
Learn word processing with Word / OpenOffice
If you have never used Word or another word processor, take a short course, have someone teach you or practice short texts before you start writing your book. Avoid making gross mistakes, in particular remember:
– never enter the footnotes by hand by writing the numbers, but use the appropriate footnote button in your word processing program.
– never enter the line spacing manually by entering at the beginning, but select the text in which to insert the line spacing (or select all) and use the line spacing tool in the “Paragraph” section.
– never enter page numbers by hand, writing numbers page by page, but use the appropriate button to enter page numbers.
– never head to the end of the line by pressing “enter”: the computer wraps itself and is not a typewriter.
Of course, if you really want to start with the best possible tools, you should go to a school, or rather a creative writing workshop.
Write a plot or a ladder and decide which person to tell
Write a plot, a lineup or a more or less articulated index of contents that can act as a guide. As a guide you can choose a sort of binding “roadmap” or a simple “compass”: it depends on you.
If you are writing a novel, try to decide as soon as possible in which person to write it: if you write it in first person you will enter into greater intimacy with the character, whose voice is the narrating voice, but you will always be bound to his point of view; if you write it in the third person you can choose whether to remain bound to the point of view of a character or to multiply the points of view according to the characters, or you can decide to be an “omniscient narrator” able to travel at will in time and space . If you are starting out and you want to be on the safe side, the first person may be advisable.
These aspects and many other rules of storytelling in a novel are fundamental and are as important as grammar rules, if not more so.
Take into account other narrative and stylistic aspects
Good narrative texts must be treated, for example, in terms of:
– Characters, which generally must be sufficiently characterized in everything they do.
– Descriptive. The descriptions are well measured, the descriptive excesses slow down the pace too much, the absence of descriptions risks flattening a story.
– Suspense, twists and surprises. These aspects can be of great value not only for genre novels such as thrillers, thrillers and detective stories but also for almost all other fictional texts.
– Of the incipit and the ending. It is fundamental to start and conclude a narrative text in an incisive and memorable way, never banal.
– The clichés. It is important to avoid any kind of banality and cliché, except in parodistic, satirical texts and in similar cases, where clichés are ridiculed.
– Of the adopted point of view (which is not the same as the person in which it is told).
– Dialogues, which must always sound natural but never banal and instrumental.
– Information overloads.
– Narrative summaries, which must be checked and often resized.
– The text economy.
– The effectiveness of rhythm and rhythm changes.
– Attention to detail.
– Of the verisimilitude.
Remember the five basic elements of an argumentative text
The good essays are structured in:
Introduction (where we talk about the purpose and the research plan)
Methodological part on the criteria and methods adopted (and, in scientific theses, on materials and instruments)
Argumentative part where data, analysis and observations are inserted to support the thesis (which is the central body of the thesis)
Conclusion, where research results are presented and discussed
Bibliography, which contains the documents consulted
If you write a novel take into account the three crucial elements, to be treated with particular attention: beginning, development and end.
Write down all the ideas gained. The secret of a diary …
Another important rule is to write the ideas you have matured but without worrying too much about the form or where you write, whether on a calendar, a shopping card or … a sheet of toilet paper: the important thing is not to arrest the flow of ideas that, as you write, reach you. Your notebooks or written journals may be for you a guide and a basis for writing many parts of your book, and often, due to the extemporaneous way in which they were written, they will have the merit of giving freshness and immediacy to your pages.
Review and request the editing service of Quick Drafts
When you have written a satisfactory amount of words, the time will come to review everything: at that point you will have to try to patiently eliminate the superfluous, the repetitions, arranging some sentences, some terms and concepts and removing some errors. Doing this work on your own text can be boring and difficult, and even after having done it personally, it is often better to entrust it to another person, who has not already read the book and who knows how to see it with “fresh” eyes. Much better if this person is a book expert. If you want a truly professional quality book with the keys to success, professional editing is very important, which you can request directly from us.
Many professional writers value the editing of their books and many submit their manuscript to editing even before offering it to publishers. Professional authors have known for centuries the importance of “betareading”, ie the careful reading and revision of their text by another experienced writer, a professional editor or a literary agent. The consultants of Bozze Rapide can also be a guide for you to exploit the potential of publication and success of your novel, offering you ideas to write a text (be it narrative or essay-argumentative) more engaging and readable, and therefore potentially more effective in triggering word of mouth and climbing the rankings of the best books and best-selling books.
Here’s how. The possibilities to protect your rights and prevent any problems are different. The classic option is registration at the SIAE or at a notary. An inexpensive alternative is to allow yourself the novel via PEC or registered mail. In addition, for preventive purposes, a note on copyright and copyright may be inserted in the manuscript.