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Books - Can you write what you think?

By Tibby Defleck

Anyone who has tried writing a book at some point or other would agree how difficult it can get going on it. Though we have lots of ideas and we discuss them with people, when it comes to write them down on a computer or a typewriter, words do not come easily. The page sits there as if mocking us, daring us to mar it and fill with words. What is it in the process of writing which makes us so blank? Most of the time its nothing but not knowing where to start and finish.

What takes the paradox further are the writers that flood the market in an attempt to teach others how to write a book. However, the fact is that the writer probably has never written a book in true sense on any other topic. The writer would usually tell us how to write books, or give seminars and workshops. They'll tell us about proper diction and about how to make sure the characters run the story, or how the story runs the characters. They'll fill our heads with plot lines and character arcs, and never get to the part we need to know the most - how to recognize the story?

The Basic structure of all the stories is common. It would have a beginning, middle and end. All the elements must be in order to make it complete and believable. The nucleus of the book is its plot that you must think about. Other questions are equally important. Who is the lead character? What events start the story? What ends it? If you don't have the answers to these questions, it's time you go back to research and know all the answers beforehand.

When you ask well known authors how to write books, they invariably answer the same way: you need to write a lot and you need to read a lot. When you spend your spare time reading the type of books you'd like to write, you learn how to construct a story line. It doesn't matter what your favorite type of book is, either. Reading Dumas and Voltaire may help with your cultural education, but it won't help you to write bodice rippers. If you want to write for Harlequin, you need to read their books. If you want to write horror, choose an author who sells quite a bit. Don't imitate that author's voice, but pay attention to how he or she uses the language to express thoughts and feelings.

Books are great fun to write. No matter whether they come in paperback, hardbound, leather bound, or in the form of ebook without paper or ink, they form the very basis of a solid educational background. Books are the kind of heirloom that passes not only knowledge but also a sense of the way life was at the time it was written. Listen to your inner voice and make all efforts to write what you have within you. Who knows, maybe you will be the one to pen down the classic that would get passed down from generation to generation.
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Copyright 2006 Tibby Defleck. All rights reserved.
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