How do you write a great book?
The fundamental differences between good writing and great writing is the persuasive use of words. No matter what, there is always 101 ways to write a sentence. For a quick example; The man walked to the park as the sun set. Alternatively; The man strolled to the park. The saturation of red hues from the setting sun, transformed the colours of the trees ahead of him. The second sentence providing the reader with a more imaginative scene. A lot of the time writers don’t use enough descriptive words or skip sections where they think it’s not necessary. This doesn’t just work for scene setting but can in fact work for other parts like character descriptions and dialogues. Don’t ever decide to remove content from your writing that you deem unnecessary until the finished product. Once you have written your book and, upon final review you may find a need to either remove some detail or add more detail as quite often happens.
The mind thinks in images and it is essential to paint a detailed picture in the reader’s mind. The greatest writers in history were the best at imagery. ‘The Hobbit’ was a prime example, if it wasn’t for JR Tolkien’s creative writing, the movies would not be what they are today. The use of English words back in the day were primarily enticing words that you wouldn’t necessarily hear in today, especially since the vernacular from region to region, era to era changes all the time. This is where some of the more modern day writers could utilise modern slang to level with their readers. I have mentioned this before in another blog, the book 50 Shades of Grey isn’t what I would say intelligent writing however, there is a market out there for that type of literature. You don’t have to be a genius nowadays to make it as an author.
Nevertheless, there are ways to perfect your writing skills; one of them being research. Research is a fundamental way to increase your vocabulary and assist you in creative writing techniques.
One of the key things to avoid when writing is to say things such as; he said, he replied, he asked – repetitively. I have created a resource that is now available on Amazon called An Authors Journal, within this Journal there are loads of alternative words you can utilise instead of the basics. This separates an experienced author from an inexperienced one.