Recently I attended a writer’s conference in a foreign country. To all of you wondering, foreign in this context means not America.
Most aspiring authors have been at the point where they have twenty different, brilliant ideas for book plots and try to write every single story all at once.
Or maybe some of you have an idea for one book and start writing without a plot or any sort of idea of where the book is going to end up you just have a few ideas of what you want to include in your book.
The problem with these tactics, is that:
- If you start too many stories at once, you will end up mixing the characters’ personalities and possibly even confusing the plots (not to mention no one has time to finish 17 different novels)
- If you write a book with tons of events with no real goal in mind, your readers are going to be very confused.
Or maybe those tactics work for you just fine. In that case you can stop reading this right now.
But for those who want to write a book but just aren’t sure how…
In the spirit of Thanksgiving lets take a few moments to be thankful for all of the blessings we have. When it comes to writing what do you have to be thankful for?
Take inventory of your writing
Good story boils down to these four factors: plot, character, setting and craft.
While there are countless other elements that make up the intricacies of a good book, these are the backbone of a good story.
Odds are, you already know what you’re good at. If not, ask your friends or writing community—anyone who’s read your work. Or you can take this quiz to find out. What’s your specialty?