1.What is the Hook of your Story?
The most important aspect of fiction writing is a hook. Your hook should be like an anchor in the ocean, you may move away from it but too far and you’ll have to bounce back! Write down the genre of your story on a page, then pick up the most important one. Remember it is upto you to decide what your story is.
2.Dont Write Long Introductions!
Prologues are a common part of novels since they started. It gives the readers a basic idea about what is in the book,before they turn the pages! But most of the readers skip that part.
One, because it flattens the excitement, two because it just adds to the bulk. You can get over this problem by writing an interesting prologue. Like telling about the features readers won’t find in the book or giving meanings of some concepts which arent defined in the book.
Like J.Tolkien wrote the appendix for The Lord of the Rings which made the readers clear about Elvish tongue and how few words have to be pronounced!
3.Who is the Hero?
This is another important thing to note while you are writing. Many novels have multiple characters,but the acclaimed ones are which show atleast one above all. Sometimes people write dark novels, in that case it is okay to have many heroes and the readers always end up with discussions about who really was the hero! So you have to be strict about the former or latter based upon the genre of your novel. Another rage among new artists is Anti-Hero.Well its good to have one, but in the end remember as you write think of your anti-hero as the hero.Whether he does good deeds or bad, he is smarter than the rest and he wins in the end!
4.Do not use Half-Knowledge
Most fiction writers are misled by the very word FICTION. They think they can use their imagination on every aspect of their work. But that is wrong, if something exists and you manipulate how it looks, your readers maybe infuriated. It altogether doesn’t make any sense to write something about which you have little knowledge. Do research on the subject if it is indeed necessary for you to write the thing.For Example-Paulo Coelho has every minute information about the topics he mentions and he willingly discusses it with the readers and thats what fascinates the subject!
Novice writers are often led into writing the word got. It is a very common verb which can be used almost universally.But,more you use the word, the more readers conclude that you are not a professional.for example,this sentence is what most writers would tend to write:-I GOT on Horseback within ten Minutes after I GOT your Letter. When I GOT to Canterbury, I GOT a Chaise for the Town. But I GOT wet before I GOT to Canterbury ad I HAVE GOT such a Cold as I shall not be able to GET rid off in a Hurry.
The better version of this sentence would be:-I MOUNTED my Horse within ten minutes after I RECEIVED your Letter:as soon as I ARRIVED at Canterbury, I ENGAGED a Post Chaise for Town. I was wet through before I REACHED Canterbury and I have taken such a Cold as I shall not be easily CURED!
6.Depiction of Persons and Surroundings!
Most of the writers these days proceed in their work keeping in mind that one day a movie would be based on it. Thus they start giving minute details about the persons and surroundings. Some can do it very well but some are stuck up doing the same. For example Ayn Rand has used a very brilliant writing technique in The Fountainhead to describe the persons, she concentrates less on the environment on the other hand JRR Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings creates a scenery first and then minutely describes the character. Most of the writers are confused which trend to follow and thus they end up doing both of them. Thats not right,you should have your own ways since your first novel. Always be a trend-setter. Also do not describe the persons again and again,the readers are intelligent enough to remember the picture once drawn!
The writers read on various websites that repetitions aren’t good for a book, think of more and more words for each situation. That is correct but in case of dialogues SAID is the only word that should be used most of the times. Most writers end up using different verbs for different dialogues. That is okay upto some stretch but not beyond that.Don’t start digging up the thesaurus for synonyms of said. The reader would feel angry about opening a dictionary in the middle of an interesting scene!
8.How to Start?
This is the most common debate, even amongst non writers. It should have been in the starting but as most of you know a lot about this topic so I keep it at 8th. From when we were kids our teachers have been telling us to start a story, essay or anything by a phrase or a scene that catches the attention of the reader immediately. Same is the case with novels, keep your most disturbing chapter on the top.Like if your novel is about a fight between two groups, do not start with the conditions which led to the scuffle, rather start with the fighting scene, tell the readers what is happening on the field. Then later give the descriptions! Now the last 2 points would look naive to many, but they are important.
Now as the title suggests its about giving ample time to your novel. There are a lot of disturbing factors once you sit to write, like a call from a friend for usual chatting, your mom asked you a favor, a cousin came to meet you at your house, all these are important too but amongst all this give the time your book deserves. Once you are in a flow,don’t let anyone disturb you, because that is the moment when you write your best!
10.Use a Pen!
This point may confuse many of you, but this is an essential one. Writing your chapters with a pen is lot different than typing them into your laptop. One reason is that you may lose the files in your Computer and then have to brag about it. But the main reason is when you write with a pen,your brain synchronizes with your pen and regards it as an extension of your hand. As it thinks, it compels the pen to write. Whereas you lose ideas when you open your fingers to type, the neurons are shaken and they lose the signal. So always prefer a pen and notebook!