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Writing a book is not hard, it is like learning a language. Persistance is all that is required.

Writing a book well does seem to be very hard. Reading a good one always makes me want to create one of my own. It would require lots of Practice.

Tips

  • For your beginning, start in the action. If you feel like things are dragging, cut the beggining until you get to the exciting bit. Same with scenes, if the scene ends slowly, just cut the last paragraph, you don't need to show everything.
  • Real people are not perfect, fearful sometimes, trying to make it in the world. Don't make perfect Mary Sue types. People who have no doubts and plunge ahead perfectly are not interesting. We like people who have doubts sometimes.
  • At the end of the first draft, before the ending, take 30mins to brainstorm 10 alternative endings, then choose the one you prefer – avoid the obvious ending?
  • Write hot, then scale back the emotion/tension in editing if necessary. Easier this way round than trying to 'heat' scenes up later.
  • People judge the book by the last page (if they finish it) so make it a great ending.
  • What makes a book memorable is the changes a character undergoes as he experiences the plot, not the plot itself
  • To avoid cliches, whenever you are planning a scene, put down the first thing that comes to mind, then brainstorm 5 alternatives before you continue.
  • Linkback: Three-Act Structure

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