For many writers getting ideas is actually the easier part of the creative writing process. From overhearing a conversation on the train or bus, reading something in a magazine or newspaper, to your own life. However, taking that idea and forming a short story or a novel requires a lot more work.
There are integral aspects that must be followed if you want your short story or novel to stand a chance of being published.
So you have got an idea. It could be anything, for example a woman wanting to flee from an abusive marriage to an idea about a haunted house. The first thing you need to create is a main character that is strong enough to carry your plot/story right through to the end. This is vitally important when writing novels as it is obviously a longer piece of work than say a short story, therefore you need to keep your readers turning the pages.
It is worth spending a large proportion of your time creating the main character including as much detail as possible. Treat it as if you are constructing a real-life person, that includes personality traits, looks, family background, career, relationships, everything you can think of. The more you know about your main character then the easier it will be for you to write convincingly about them.
Once you have developed your main character then you need to create minor characters to support or oppose your main character and thus move your plot along. Although minor characters do not need to be as thoroughly constructed as your major character it will still pay off well the better you know them.
When writing a novel or short story you will need a clearly defined plot. This what your story is essentially about so it is vitally important to devise your plot before you actually start writing. More experienced writers for example Stephen King, write without detailed planning. However, for the novice writer a plan will help with the structure of your novel and will tell you before you start any major work whether this particular idea can be made into longer fiction. If you find that your idea is not strong enough to sustain a full-length novel it can be turned into a shorter piece of fiction such as a novella or a short story.
When writing fiction it may be useful if you see your main character as wanting to achieve something, but something else, usually the antagonist, prevents them from achieving this. Conflict is a vital element of all good fiction and is the reason why your readers will want to read to the end. If we use the above example of a woman wanting to flee an abusive marriage. The woman’s desire is to leave, whilst her husband wants to prevent her from doing this. What happens in between and the eventual resolution is your story and if written well, should produce an engaging piece of fiction.
About Sharon P. Wilson
Sharon Wilson is an aspiring writer who is serious and passionate about the art and craft of creative writing. She has undertaken several courses in this field and has gained extensive knowledge of writing novels and short stories. Sharon has a keen interest in poetry and is an avid reader. Her blog, Sharon's Writers Tidbits @https://sharonswriterstidbits.wordpress.com/ is dedicated to all writers, especially the new writer.
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While in the Air Force I was commissioned to paint several squadron murals. Shortly after serving I went to a local art school and learned everything that I needed to know to create children's books. I was excited to learn about Typography, Printing, Layout, Computer Design and all of the software used in book design. I graduated my little college with honors and was asked to come back as a guest speaker on several occasions.
After art school I worked at a production company in the city. There I learned all about art direction and project management firsthand. I was always interested in bringing artwork directly to the printers for small and large jobs so that I could see how books were printed and how the various print machines operated.
When I had enough orders of my own to start off on my children's book illustration business, I quit the production company and started Illustrating books full time. This has been my life for the past 16 years and I have Illustrated over 500 books to date.
My favorite part about the process is actually taking someones dream and making it a reality. With the step-by-step design of children's books from concept sketch to final illustration, I keep the author and their vision in focus.
I cannot wait to see what the future has to offer. I continue to improve my design skills and never stop learning. I can now create E-books and hope that I will be designing books well into the future and on mediums not yet imagined. ”
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