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Plot There are many definitions of plot, but plot is essentially the story, or the events that make up what the book is about. Plot, of course, is defined by conflict, either internal coming to terms with the loss of a spouse, for example or external, a stalker is watching through the window, and the best plots are both original and interesting.
Complexity of the plot is a matter of taste, so is the setting such as time period. No matter what other definition is given, the very best plots are defined by readers with the simple phrase, "I couldn't put the book down. Character Development Bringing the characters to life in the reader's mind.
They can range from thumbnail sketches to deep, wordy, highly detailed biographies of each character. It's important to note that different genres and stories require different types of character development.
Writing Style How the novel is written. Is the writing style efficient or complex? Does the author use an extensive vocabulary or get straight to the point? Are words used appropriately with regard to meaning, or do they seem written to showcase the "sound" of a sentence?
Style should always be appropriate for the genre or story. An appropriate style adds to the texture of the novel; an inappropriate style does just the opposite.
Literary fiction tends to lean toward complex sentences with original language. Thrillers tend to use shorter, more efficient sentences, especially as the pace quickens in the novel.
Of course, basic writing rules always apply. Limit the use of adverbs when describing dialogue "he said angrily" should read, "he said"avoid words that add unnecessary emphasis "he was a little tired" should read, "he was tired," or "she was very thirsty," should read "she was thirsty" avoid cliches like, "It was a dark and stormy night," use words appropriately and with their proper meaning, make the sentences clear and coherent, make them original without seeming to strain for originality.
And most important of all, "show" whenever possible, don't "tell. Not this, he thought, anything but this. Click here to become an AutoCrit Member today. Length Just what it says. How long is the book? The length should be appropriate to the genre and be appropriate to the story. The Notebook, which in its final form was 45, words, was originally 80, words before I edited it down.
Why did I cut so much? Because the story was so simple only two main characters and two settings, and the majority of the novel was devoted to only a couple of days that the additional words didn't add much; in fact, all they did was slow the story to a crawl.
According to what I've heard about Hemingway, his advice was to take the first fifty pages of your novel and cut them down to five pages. Sometimes when writing, less is more. Ignore the use of the cliche, but it's appropriate here. In most books on writing that I've read, this final aspect is often overlooked, though I don't know why.If you want to learn how to write romance, my recommendation is to start by reading lot of romance novels.
When you have a good familiarity with the imprint or series you want to write for and the types of novels they published, then you can start coming up with ideas for your own novel.
Sep 05, · A romance novel usually has to have several key elements to make it to my "keeper" shelf. These elements might cause some readers or writers to classify romances as "formulaic." But essentially, those tried-and-true elements are the building blocks for penning a winning romance.
The 5 Essential Story Ingredients. By: Guest Column | May 9, Like Steven James’ advice? Understanding the fundamentals at the heart of all good stories will help you tell your own stories better—and sell more of them, too.
After reading this article by Steven James I feel very encouraged because my story has the 5 essentials. This entry was posted in Random Idea Generators, Writing Resources and tagged 35 Random Idea Generators for writing a Romance Novel, Darla G.
Denton, Idea Generator, Random Idea Generator, Writing Resources, Writing Romance. Books shelved as romance-drama: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven.
On October 22nd my first romance novel will hit bookshelves. As a writer, I'm a neophyte to the genre, but in creating this novel, I held fast to what I've discovered as a .