The most important thing about a book is how you write it.
For some, that means writing a long, complex essay, but for many writers, that’s not enough.
“There’s a big difference between writing a short article and writing a novel,” says Michael K. Leach, author of How to Write a Book.
“It’s not just writing a piece of fiction.”
For a beginner, Leach suggests reading short stories to get a feel for the form.
For more experienced writers, a longer story is a great tool to help them figure out what works for them.
But even if you don’t have to go overboard in writing a book, there are some tips that will help you out.
“One of the most important things is that you have a good writing style,” says Leach.
“You can’t just sit back and say, ‘I’m going to be a masterful writer,’ because that’s going to come later.”
Leach’s tips for writing a great book include following a clear writing structure, keeping your eyes on the story and following your head.
“The main thing is that it’s a story and it’s supposed to be read by you,” he says.
For instance, if you’re writing a horror story, write your opening paragraph in a way that’s reminiscent of a horror film.
“Write a short paragraph that describes the horror,” Leach says.
If you want to make your book more digestible, Leaches suggests trying to come up with a single sentence or two to get your readers interested in the story.
“Use those as an opening sentence,” he explains.
For a longer piece, use an excerpt from a book or magazine article to give the reader an idea of what to expect.
Leaches says if you write your book in the third person, you’re giving away too much.
“I don’t think it’s wise to write in third person,” he adds.
“What it comes down to is you have to write the story as a whole, not in third-person.”
To make your writing more digestable, Leachers recommends using an excerpt, like this one, from a movie review.
“If you’re reading the review, try to use a short excerpt from the movie, and you might be able to have the reader absorb it more easily,” he recommends.
“A good way to get that feeling of familiarity is to read the first two or three sentences of the review.”
When it comes to writing your book, try using a word processor.
“Most people don’t know what a word is,” Leaches adds.
If it’s too complicated for you, LeACH suggests using a simple word processor like WordPad or OneNote.
“They’re all great,” he laughs.
“Just keep the basics in mind and use a word generator.”
But don’t worry if you can’t get through your first two chapters of your book.
“Even though it’s written in the second person, it’s still an open book,” LeACH says.
“That’s why it’s so important to write it in the first person.”
Leaches also recommends using audio as your best friend when writing your e-book.
“Be mindful of the voice,” he suggests.
“Keep it to one or two words, but try to make it as clear as possible.”
LeACH also says to use sound effects in your book so you can tell your story through the sound of the words.
For example, if there’s a sound of an explosion or someone yelling, he suggests that you add in an audible click or buzzer sound, such as the one from a car radio.
“When you write in the voice, the reader has a choice between hearing you say something, or seeing you say it,” he warns.
“This is a good time to say something like, ‘Hey, I just saw this guy, who I think is a nice guy.'”
Leach also recommends adding sound effects that tell the story of the characters, like the one he used in this story.
This one is particularly useful if you want your book to stand out among the rest of the literature, Leaks says.
He suggests adding the sound to the beginning of the chapter or at the end.
“Sound effects can help tell a story in the book,” he notes.
“In fact, it will make the story stand out.”
Leachers tips for making your book better read: Before you go to bed, make sure your reader has finished reading your book and that the story has a good ending.
“Now is the time to finish your book,” says the author.
“Make sure you have an ending that makes sense to the reader.”
Use a different type of cover or layout for each chapter.
For most books, you’ll want to use cover designs that are easy to read, while still offering enough detail to make the reader feel like they’ve read the whole book.
Use a large font, but make sure the font is consistent and legible.
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