As many authors will attest, the best way to write a book is with a well-planned OUTLINE or story arc. Having this roadmap available to you eliminates writers block, as you always know what you’ll be writing, and can decrease the time is takes to complete your manuscript since you won't slow your pace wondering what will happen in the next scene.
Let’s look at the first step, START WITH A BROAD IDEA.
What’s your vague idea for a book? For this article we’ll take the example of a young boy going away to school.
Your next step is to CREATE SUB-STORIES under this main idea, such as buying school supplies, the first trip to the school, and meeting new classmates and teachers just to name a few. These points can become chapters.
Also DECIDE WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE STORY TAKES PLACE. This is known as setting. Let’s choose London, England and present day.
We also need to decide WHO WILL BE IN THE STORY. These are your characters. Giving your characters names, backgrounds, and feelings will help you create a believable story. If you can see, hear, and understand these fictitious people then your readers will too. Let’s choose names of: Fred, Harry, George, Ron, and others.
Now, let’s MAKE THIS STORY UNIQUE. Our example won't be about an ordinary school, it’s going to be a magic school for wizards.
See how we did that? We took a very mundane and relatable story idea, added some supporting facts, and punched it up to something that many will find exciting which you can turn into a book that many could buy.
As any writer will tell you, the job of story creation is hard and lonely. Most never finish their dream of being published. That’s why it’s important to HAVE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT. You can achieve this through online blogs, a writers group, or family and friends.
Also know that the process takes a great deal of time. But if you SET WRITING GOALS you will know how much longer it will take before you reach the end. If you do not track your efforts the work may feel like it's dragging on forever.
One last planning step in the process of story creation is how will you create and store your words. Many prefer blank journals in varying styles, everything from lined yellow legal notebooks to handmade moleskin journals. Others prefer a typewriter, laptop, desktop PC, or even a smaller electronic gadget.
Using this presentation as a guide, I combined all these topics – a fillable outline, inspirational comments, writing goals and targets, and lined pages – into one product that is easily toted around for instant access when you are ready to create - The Writer’s Guided Journal & Notebook.
The goal of this book is to assist aspiring writers in the challenging journey to write and complete a story. If you need some direction in your writing then take a look at this product or at least consider a similar method.
If you have a story in you, get it out! No matter what means you use to write and no matter how long it takes, keep writing and don’t give up! Look for inspiration and support everywhere and whenever you need it.