The Noble Art of Writing

Writing is something I’ve always loved. My first story was created at age 9 using an application called Storybook Weaver. I would spend my afternoons after school writing tons of stories and adding imagery to each story. I loved it and to this day my love for the written word lives on. I’ve always loved the classics. My favourite is the classic epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

I’ve always found coming up with stories to be easy but putting the details in to be tricky and often take many weeks/months before I can feel satisfied with something. I tried my hand at script writing since I thought maybe focusing on dialogue would be easier. Before I knew it, I was writing a full-blown novel. I managed to finish it and actually post it on this blog. It took months for me to finish it and it’s only 8 chapters and a short epilogue in the form of a letter.

One of the 11 steps to writing a novel as written by is a short title and short sentences. This helps to keep the audience engaged. People tend to want you to get to the point when writing. According to statistics, romance novels make up 52% of successful bestsellers. With thrillers and contemporary novels starting to make their way into the best-sellers lists. Some books even open the flood gates for other stories of the same genre. One book we can take as an example is Twilight. Twilight was the famous vampire romance book that opened the flood gates for other novels in that genre.

Nowadays, we are seeing more and more the emergence of eBooks with more authors self-publishing their novels online as opposed to going to hardcopy. Don’t get me wrong in my mind nothing replaces the smell of a book’s pages, but the world has moved on to GoodReads and Kindle.

Planning is another vital aspect of writing a novel that can sometimes be overlooked. Even writing simple articles takes planning and research. This is something I have learned the hard way. Believe me going into a novel or article without any planning is a bad move. Although over-planning can also be a killer to any successful writing project. Leaving no room for free writing can actually stifle your creative energy and prevent you from creating imaginative writing. Sticking to planning isn’t a bad thing, though. If you plan out the skeleton of your book and leave room for colour, you’ll find yourself writing a book that is well worth reading. I do thorough research before I even put down a single word when I write an article.

A rough draft. Now this is probably the best part of writing. I love doing the first draft but going and having to edit it is painful. With Stranger I had to go back and re-write portions of my book, just like I’m probably going to probably have to do with this article.

A lot can be said for the written word and certainly a lot of work goes into creating it. Picking a genre, picking a niche, and finding what you’re most comfortable writing. These are all things that are heavily considered by every author worldwide. You can’t just jump into writing. It takes years sometimes to write a book and sometimes even longer to write a good book. Preparing and researching are probably the most vital part of the writing process. Once all this is done, you can start your writing journey and find your path to that coveted No. 1 Bestselling book.

God bless you all, my darling avidReaders

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