Giving birth to a novel is not easy, but from today it can be a little more. in this article you will in fact discover all the best advice on how to write a successful book that is published and appreciated by thousands of readers.
Writing a book is a fantastic adventure, a dream that feeds thousands of people. But giving birth to a novel is not a trivial matter and requires not only a lot of time, but also a lot of passion and commitment. Writing a novel is an important goal, which should be conducted with the right moves.
This is why in this article we will see the most important tips on how to write a successful book, or a novel that is able to guarantee publication and eternal glory (maybe not, but try the same). The advice you will find below comes from both my experience and the biographies of the greatest writers ever.
The advice you will find is therefore good both for those who do not know how to start writing a book, and for writers who want to discover other approaches.
8 Tips on How to Write a Book
If your dream is to see your book appear in shop windows, then prepare to immerse yourself in this reading, thanks to which you can pave the way for writing a book. Below I have collected eight tips that will help you to write more productively if you follow them.
Not only will you be able to write faster, completing your book sooner than expected, but you will also be able to write it better, characterizing it in its entirety. Ready for writing tips? Let’s start now!
1. Work on the idea
In my opinion this is the starting point for learning how to write a successful novel. Every day I am convinced that it is the very idea behind the novel and the book that makes the difference between a successful and a mediocre book. For this reason, I advise you to devote as much time as possible to the creation and development of the idea on which your book will be based.
A novel that has nothing to say is a novel that is worthless. You need to know exactly what you want to be able to convey thanks to your words and how you want to do it. It does not matter that the idea has something already seen: reinterpret it, look at it from another point of view and develop it in your own way, in an original and fresh way.
I have already amply discussed this topic in the two articles you find linked below, in which I explain how to develop the idea to write books and stories, and give some ideas for original books.
If you believe that writing a book means taking some time out of time, then you are completely off the track. The most important advice that can be given to someone who is starting to write a novel is to get organized, to plan his time and his book in a meticulous way, so that he can proceed as a train.
Mainly you have two things to design: your book and your time. Designing a novel means laying out a plot and a detailed synopsis, creating character sheets, spreading the setting in detail and writing a storyline with the most important events in chronological order.
On the other hand, you will need to organize your time and your writing. What I advise you is to write every day, to get your own moment of the day in which you can devote yourself entirely to writing your novel. If you really want to write a book that can be published, then you must be the first to really believe it and spend as much time as possible. Buy an agenda and set yourself goals, marking yourself when you write every day.
Daniele Imperi, curator of the pennablu blog, explains the reasons why you should plan your novel. I can assure you that, if you convince yourself to design your novel, you will soon realize how much your productivity will be improved!
3. Care for your characters
Writing is a bit like cooking, did you know? Try cooking a simple pasta with sauce, using rotten tomatoes and expired pasta. What will be the result?
What you learn from this cooking lesson is that the ingredients are fundamental: you can be the best cook in the world, but if the ingredients are bad, the result will be bad. Here we understand how important it is to correctly characterize the characters, especially the protagonists, and to accurately describe every single detail.
Before starting to write you should write a character sheet for each of those that appear in the book. This will have to bring every element, from the aesthetic and physical to the psychological. You must describe characters with a soul, which are original and motivated by sensible reasons. A well-structured protagonist, with an equally well-thought-out nemesis, will help you a great deal in writing the book and, indeed, sometimes it will seem almost as if they are keeping it going, and not you!
If you do not know where to start I wrote a long and thorough guide on how to create characters for books and stories, where I explain step by step how to characterize secondary characters and characters.
4. Find your Zen place
This is a piece of advice that comes directly from my personal experience and that, therefore, could only be suitable for some readers. Many writers, in fact, manage to write profitably in the most disparate situations: on the uncomfortable seats of the train, with loud music, in the parks.
What I have learned, however, is that in many cases, choosing a Zen place dedicated solely to writing increases productivity. The atmosphere is also very important. Personally, for example, I prefer absolute silence and low light when I write: my thoughts, my imagination and the characters that jump me in the head to make noise already think about it. My advice is therefore to reserve your time and your special place for you, where you can dedicate your body and mind to writing.
And please: no distraction! No cell phone, no connection. You must be able to immerse yourself in writing and become one with what you are writing.
5. Care for the setting
I tell you plain and simple, okay? Careful attention to the setting of your manuscript is essential. During the planning phase you will have to outline all the elements of your book and produce a sort of scheme to always keep in hand.
If you have done so, you will have an accurate description of the environment in which the story of your book is immersed. This means that you will know perfectly the spaces and the places and the features that describe them, but also that you will know the psychological environment of your book, or the collective thought of the inhabitants of the country, their ways of doing and thinking.
Taking care of the physical and psychological environment is important because it allows you to avoid blunders in the plot of your book, errors that you may not get, but an editor or a publisher will. Inconsistencies, gaps in the plot and errors can easily be solved by providing an accurate description of the environment upstream.
6. Always be ready to write
“Remember that the best ideas come when you least expect it!”
A real writer never leaves the house unprepared, but always has a notebook, a notepad or a PC with which to sketch thoughts and ideas. Yes, because as much as we try to design and organize ourselves, we cannot choose when to have the illuminations, or even stop the imagination.
The best ideas may surprise you in the most diverse moments of the day, when you are being treated by your boss or when you are in the queue outside the bathroom: it’s up to you to be ready to sketch them or let them fade away.
7. Cares for dialogues
I admit, the dialogues are one of the aspects that I find it most difficult to develop, yet first of all I realize how relevant they are, both for the plot and for the experience of the reader. The dialogues can be the engine of the plot and can have an important relevance to the story. Furthermore, the reader often visually searches the parts where the dialogues appear, because he is aware that in them the plot will be sent forward, the language will be faster and more fluent and he will discover intriguing things in history. The dialogues give rhythm and involve, but must be well written.
When you write the dialogues, they are consistent not only with the plot, but above all with the characters. Thanks to the dialogues, we can succeed in giving even more depth to the protagonists and more effectively outlining their character and their psychology. This is why each character should have his own particular way of speaking, almost as if the readers could hear the timbre.
Ask a close relative or friend you trust to read the pages of your manuscript, but make sure they are people who will give you their true opinion, not just a sop. If you can choose an avid reader, someone who has a good culture and who knows how to discern between a good book and a bad book. If you have nobody to ask you can always turn to an unpublished evaluation service, thanks to which a professional will send you an evaluation sheet to show you the weaknesses of your book.
These are the fundamental tips for learning how to write a successful book. Tell me about your experience instead: what are the best tricks and tips that made it easier for you to write your novel? Let me know in the comments here. And don’t forget to share the article if it was of any use to you