So, thinking of writing a book? Want to edit a book? Bored? Well, whatever reason you’re here for, you obviously would like to know the main elements of a novel.
There are many HUGE elements to a fictional novel. In fact, it was very hard to pick just 10. Many of these make writing very difficult or stressful for many authors, like myself.
#1: Writer’s Block. The hardest part of writing a novel is getting past that rut in your mind. You can do certain exercises, but your brain just won’t give you the pieces you need to finish your puzzle.
#2: Good leads. If you can’t pull the reader in from the start, then they probably won’t bother to read your book. But if you have no leads throughout the book, they’ll eventually get bored, and we can’t afford that.
#3:Theme. If your novel doesn’t convey a message to the reader, they’ll wonder what the heck they’re reading it for. Sometimes themes are easy like, “Beauty is only skin deep.” But some themes are hard to figure out, and they’re not planning on solving your little riddle unless you’re writing a mystery.
#4:Pertaining to a wide group. who are you writing for? Well, first you have to figure out who buys the most, and then figure out if you can write that sort of literature. If not, you have to settle for something you’re comfortable with. If you don’t think about who would like your book, then not a lot of people will want to pick it up and read it.
#5: Good Climax. You need something to give your reader an adrenaline rush, and a need to figure out what happens next. If your book is just quiet and has no rising action or some sort of conflict, who’s gonna read it?
#6: Vocabulary. If you misspell words and have a short vocabulary, it will bore the reader, and Nobudee wll no wut yer sayin.
#7:Length. Should your story be long or short? That’s all up to you! But if it stops abruptly with hardly any material or good climaxes, or runs on and on until the reader falls asleep, then you have a problem. Like i always say, “Keep a novel like a skirt. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting.”
#8: Setting. Where does your story take place? A certain era or a place? Either way, this is also your choice. But sometimes the setting cane make or break your story. If it was in the 1700’s, then it would be way different from something in the 21st century. If you screw up and put cars instead of wagons (Unless that’s your story) then you’ll be confusing every living soul reading your book.
#9: Interest. Make it interesting! Don’t keep the reader bored, or tell them a bunch of stuff that is irrelevant to the story. Make it unique and fun to read.
#10; Last but not least, The Conclusion. How do you end a story? For most authors, that is the most challenging part of a story. How do you wrap up everything you spilled onto those papers? What should happen to the characters? Should the ending be sad or happy? There are so many choices to make, and it personally stresses me out to the core.
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