How to Write a Book
Every author has
their way to write a book. Some work; some don’t. As an author, I too have my
way to writing a book/series.
I stumbled onto
this method by accident. My friend and fellow author, Weston, and I had joined
a group called AMPTGuard, in seventh grade. AMPTGuard is a group that kids make
from weapons and play games in a medieval setting. In AMPTGuard, we were
required to create an alias for ourselves. As an Ancient Greece fan, Weston
chose the alias Leonidas; I had a harder time finding my medieval self. After
weeks of thought, I discovered the name Darkblade and since my birthday is on
the nineteenth, I created the name Darkblade 19th. Throughout the
year, Darkblade’s name grew into a person and soon following, a
personality. He formed his brown hair
and blue eyes; his strengths and weaknesses; his natural-born leadership.
Darkblade 19th is the real founder of “Fallen”.
If you haven’t
understood yet, my novel-writing method is to make the characters first. An
easy way to fully create a character is to use Jahira’s Window. Look for the
link below. I believe that a writer should create his or her main character
before they even think of a plot. The protagonist is the most important part of
a book. From the protagonist, you can look at his/her personality; his/her
strengths and weaknesses; to see what troubles they would most likely go
through. Let the main character make the storyline, but never write without an
outline. Never improvise your story. Before I really knew what I was doing, I
started writing “Fallen”, improvising the whole way. At the time it was called,
“The Life of Darkblade”. After writing about 100 pages, I realized that my book
had grown up with no plot whatsoever. Unfortunately, but fortunately at the
same time, I started over and “Fallen” was born.
Don’t rush your
writing. It’s good to set goals, but when you are compromising your writing to
meet your goal, then you need to stop making such stringent goals. Harper Lee,
he author of the bestselling “To Kill a Mockingbird” used two and a half years
to edit and proofread her novel.
Finally, don’t let
anyone discourage you from writing. Write because you want to, and write what
you want to write about. You can write what you want, but make sure you’re
writing what you believe in. if you don’t write what you believe in, writing
just isn’t fun anymore.
I really hope this
helps your writing, I gave you my honest opinion on what I feel is one of the
best ways to write a book. This is what I believe in.