The Good Book Checklist for New and Experienced Authors
Ever feel like you want to write a great story but – you’re not sure you know what exactly is needed… to make a great story?
Yeah, welcome to the club! Almost every writer feels this way.
As writers we’re full of ideas but sometimes, the structure we need to follow isn’t understood well or we’re missing elements that help to wrap everything up in a pretty little bow.
Essentially, what it all comes down to is; we want to feel confident as a writer.
How do we feel confident if we don’t know exactly what our writing needs?
Along with using the right plot structure, I’d say having these key elements will help ensure your book is good and enjoyed by your readers.
The Good Book Checklist:
Make it so that even if they didn’t want to like your book, they can’t let it go!
How to make a strong hook?
If you can hook your reader, you can hopefully get them invested so they simply can’t put the book down.
Create characters that pull on your readers heart strings in both a good or bad way. They should be fully developed and believable.
Make it unique and interesting. Create a story your readers have never heard before. You should also raise the stakes continuously throughout the story. Include plot twists, surprises and create unforeseeable events appear at some point in the story.
What your characters say and how they say it can leave a long lasting impression.
Somethings to include:
Make it believable. Avoid info dumping or talking for too long.
Step into your own voice as a writer. This will help you stay true to who you are as a storyteller and also help you stand out.
Unfortunately, sometimes your voice doesn’t fully come out until a few pages or chapters in. So if this is you, simply go back and fix the first pages or chapters you’ve written to keep things cohesive.
Paint a picture of things that are relevant. Use your senses! Use fun words! This part should be really fun!
Make every scene count. Every scene should give important information or move the story forward.
If it doesn’t do these two things, consider cutting the scene and adjusting it accordingly.
I hope these tips help you!
You can always get more support in the Writing Program where you’ll also have access to a private FaceBook group for writing accountability.
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