Today we’re going to be talking about creating your very first fictional book. We’re not going to be talking about nonfiction as much as fiction today but you can still use some of the key plot points and some of the key ideas in a non-fiction writing. Let’s hop straight into it with step number one.
Step number one it’s simply having an idea. If you don’t have an idea, you don’t have a story. An idea can be as simple as a little boy trying to make ends meet by getting money and having to live in this house where all these terrible and crazy things happen to him.
Anyways, as long as you have an idea you kind of have a base to go off of. Make sure this idea is completely original and completely yours. It can take inspiration and some ideas from other books or other movies that have inspired you.
But if it’s about a teenage girl who shoots the bow and has to compete in games to live for her life or win to save her life, it’s not going to sell, because it’s already been done. It was a fantastic book that everybody already knows about.
Video Transcript (cont’d)
Your characters are the heart and soul of your book. If you don’t have characters that people know about, or characters that people can’t relate to and you don’t expand on them, people aren’t going to know what you’re talking about.
You have to have rather a much likeable character and somebody who actually can experience human emotions, or you have to have something that’s devious and evil. Somebody that you can get to know really well and you just want them to fight. It just has to be somebody who is believable and can actually make a good story great.
Your character is very important to your story. If don’t have one, you don’t have a story. He can be extremely simple or you can make it the most complex person ever. Make sure that they are unique though. If they’re just an average day boy who just walked home and plays video games every single day after school and nothing exciting happens in his life, I don’t want to read about him.
But if it’s this kid who was the world champion video games lord, master of all, I might want to know about that. I might want to know about his rise to a success in the gaming industry. His rises and his Falls and his terrible home life, or his great success and his rich parents. It could be whatever, as long as he’s an interesting and unique individual, I want to know about him
Step number three – your world. It can be set in just a normal modern day society like we live in today, or it could be a world where people have to fight for their lives with swords and crossbows.
Oh my gosh! Why am I talking so much about the Hunger Games? It wasn’t even supposed to be about the Hunger Games, or there can be a Gers that roam the streets at night and destroy homes and are terrible and drooling at the mouth.
You can have all these different aspects about this cute world that you create. It can be just a normal world or it can be a completely unique one. This is where you kind of have a little bit of creativity.
Step four – you have your character, you have an idea and you have your world. Now what you’re thinking to yourself is ‘what comes next?’ , or you know exactly what comes next. Your plotline – take away a little section of your day or just set aside some time some other day to create your plotline.
If you don’t know to plot, I’ll show you just a second but I’m going to explain it to you. A plotline is what’s going to happen in your book. It’s the events that are going to occur and it’s just a very loose outline of all the stuff that you want to happen from chapter 1 to chapter 999.
But you need to have some section in between there if, you know how your story is going to start and you know how it’s going to end. what’s going to happen in the middle. Take some time to sit down and think ‘oh yeah, my main character is going to go on a quest somewhere around here.
He’s going to meet some other character somewhere around here, gonna do all these other things from here to here, and you’ve got a story, you have your outline. You know what your story is going to be about. You know how it’s going to end and you know some of the characters that you’re going to introduce.
Once you have an outline you can expand on it and you can actually start to explore different areas and different aspects of each one of your characters. Each one of the events, their past stories and all these little things that make it more believable, and much more enjoyable to read, so this is what a basic story plotline looks like.
You have your exposition, which is to start and introduction to most of your characters, and if it’s not most of your characters it’s usually your main character introduced at this point. The main dilemma is resist rising action is when he goes out and he goes and does something and you starts to experience some of these little events.
The climax is the most exciting part of your book. It’s the real go-getter. It draws people in. It’s the most action that happens. Following action is when stuff starts to cool down. Just opposite of rising action, stuff starting to get revealed.
Everybody’s just kind of winding down end of the story. In The Hunger Games after Katniss Way and you know, falling action, conclusion, how the story will end it, depends on kind of your outlook on your book.
If you’re planning on going into another sequel, if it can set up another question which will go straight into another exposition and another plotline, that would be drawn in right around there. Like over to the site of the conclusion but it can set up for another book or to resolve everything in this little area or can leave your readers to wonder what happens next.
I think that I’m just going to say it really quick because I talked about a lot in this video already. Originality – just like The Hunger Games thing you want it to be completely original. Don’t try and steal from other people. Plagiarism isn’t good. Just make it yours. Everybody’s creative in one way or the other. Find your own specific way that you like to write your books.
You like to draw your pictures. Find your own different way that sets you apart from everybody else and people will rather love you for it or hate you for it. but guess what? If it’s yours, it’s yours and you should be proud of it.
Step 6. Remember the sets aren’t in any really particular order, but it is really nice to follow them in order because it has a very nice flow to them, but step 6 can go anywhere in here. Once you have your plot lines kind of drawn out you want to have some sort of mystery or suspense element in it to keep your readers interested.
Because if you have the greatest first chapter ever, and then all your answers are figured out in your first first couple paragraphs, people aren’t going to want to know about what happened to your character’s father after his mysterious disappearance, because it’s explained in the first chapter.
You don’t exactly have a hook. You don’t have something to draw people in and make them want to continue reading. It’s not saying that has to be a huge reveal at the end but something to keep your readers intrigued with your ideas.
Step 7 is your hook. This goes at the very beginning of your book. You can have a prologue in there if you want, if you want to explain some stuff. It’s completely up to you. Prologue or optional bio, you’ll find them extremely helpful. If you have a hook it will draw readers in. It will get them stuck on your book.
It’ll make them want to finish your book. It will make them want to read more and more and more. It can set up a mystery or consent of a terrible chain of events that are about to occur. A hook is something that when your readers open up your book and it’s the first couple of sentences, that they read and they know right off the bat that they want to finish your book because they need to know the answers.
It makes your readers care about your book. It makes them want to know what happens. It makes them feel for each one of your characters and it makes them just anticipate and needing to know what’s going to happen in the next couple of chapters.
Step 8 one of the most important steps of all, and this isn’t really set at all, it goes throughout every single one of the prior steps. But it’s everything that you are about to make is completely yours and even if it’s bad and even if people don’t want to read it, it should be proud that it’s yours. You should be extremely happy that you were able to accomplish something like this.
My first ever book that I wrote and got it in like a nice little cover and stuff like that. What’s more, in five years when I went back and I and I reread it, I laughed so hard and it was such a good memory.
It was me going back and exploring my terribly put together characters in my loosely written plotline but it was it was so much fun. No matter what you write today, you’re gonna like it for the rest of your life.
You will look back on it and you will say ‘wow, I did something that a lot of people don’t ever accomplish’ because what you write is yours and you should be proud of that, no matter what. Step eight is just you are completely original and you should be proud of that.
Okay some bonus advice that you should probably take – don’t over populate your town or your city or just your main character pool. If you have 999 characters it will be extremely difficult to emotionally connect to each one of those characters. If you want to have some background characters, that is completely fine.
I need to know some characteristics about him as well but if it’s 50 different people and I need to know a little bit about each one of them, so I know how they contribute to the story it’s going to take up a lot of space and I don’t have the mental capacity to keep up with all of those new characters that you bring in.
Background characters are fine and if you want to introduce nine characters, and then have those nine characters extremely important, and you can capitalize on each one their emotion, a little bit of each chapter until the end of your book, that is fine … another bonus little thing for you guys to hold on to is you don’t need to write every single day of your life, but it is important that you get a little bit done at a time at least.
If you can only spare the time to write 100 words per day then that’s completely fine. If you can only spare the time to write a thousand words a week and that’s fine. But if a person sayts you have to write five trillion words a minute if you ever want to become successful, don’t listen to them!
If you have the original idea and you have the go-get-’em attitude and you can get a little bit done at a time whenever you have a spare second, then you’re going to be completely fine. As long as you’re thinking about ideas and writing them down in the notebook, or just taking mental snapshots of all things you want to happen in your book, and how you want to expand on it the next time you have a free second to write.
So that’s perfectly fine as long as you get your book done. It’s a huge accomplishment and stay motivated to get it done, no matter what. Well that wraps up my little segment about how to get your book kind of outlined and started to write and how to stay motivated kind of throughout.
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