Monday, March 21, 2011

How To Write Your Own Novel

by Criss White

Everyone of us has a novelist deep inside of us. Whether you are someone who reads every single book on the bestseller list, or reads at least two to three books in a year, or someone who gives books as Christmas gifts or favors such as wedding bookmarks, everyone of us has an inkling to reading in one way or another.

For someone who has a great story in mind and wants to share it with the world, writing a novel is a dream accomplishment. Not all published writers or novelists are experienced. For the writer of the worldwide bestseller, the Twilight trilogy, it was her first time to have written a novel. If she can do it, then you can do it too.

Writing a novel all starts with writing down a map of how the story will flow. Begin by identifying the major parts you want to be included in the story from the start to the end of the novel. You now have the outline of the story, and you can work on the wordings of each part of each chapter later on. You can also go straight into writing the novel without the outline. Whichever works for you, as long as you get to start and finish writing, then it's the right way to go.

You should also identify the plot or the major events, situations, realizations or twists in the story. The plot has a rationale behind it and also a beginning, a middle, and an end. The ending is not the only important thing but rather all three play a crucial part in the development.

You can now identify who your characters are, what they look like, and the backdrop against which the characters are set. You must have a protagonist, the character who goes towards and around the main plot of the story, and the antagonist who is the exact opposite of the main character. You should also create other supporting characters because they are important in the development of the story and solidifying the personalities and values of your two main characters. They may have their own side stories, but they should be weaved towards the main plot. Make them realistic so the readers can relate to all characters.

And of course, the plot and characters should move around an environment that you have created for them. Describe all the major and minor details of the scene but make sure you don't derail the readers from the main storyline. You should eventually go back to the characters and plot once the environment or backdrop has been established.

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Criss White is a professional article writer. To check out some wedding bookmarks and to look at some wedding keychains, visit Bridal and Wedding Favors.


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