As well as writing my own material, I have also taught the art of writing. I decided to write about this using my very first gif post! Let's take a look at the steps necessary for a great book. Shall we?
First, it is required that there's a character that, though you don't yet know, you're willing to trust on the journey of a book.
A setting that leaps to life is also important. This is particularly true in historical fiction, that the past not feel static.
An exciting premise, with intrigue and twists and turns is essential. Catch your readers completely by surprise. This is accomplished best when there is not a single reveal, but several throughout.
In order to meet these challenges, the characters must rise to the occasion. Situations and fears must be faced head-on.
If you're writing historical fiction, remember that women are still important characters. They may have had less opportunities at times in the past, but that doesn't mean that they should be passive in stories. Make them women of action to create a richer and more true to life story.
Remember to include a strong supporting cast of characters. Helping each other accomplish goals and sometimes complicating those challenges makes a story all the more interesting.
Think outside of the box, in order to deliver new and innovative solutions to problems. It's been said than an effective technique is to offer two solutions to the problem and then have the characters find a third.
Add in a little magic- through vibrant characters, beautiful metaphors or unexpected plot twists. Better yet- all three!
Join me next week when I continue this topic and discuss writing in relation to other authors and in becoming a part of the conversation.
My best to you all,