When you write a book, you not only have to develop the skills. You also have to learn the elements involved, especially when it comes to writing something fictional. If you’ve done some reading and writing before, you may naturally find yourself getting through the whole thing without a problem. But if you are inexperienced and quite unfamiliar with the process, writing a novel or short story may not be as easy. Nevertheless, nothing is impossible to achieve for a determined heart. To give you a brief insight into making a fictional masterpiece, here are the essential parts of a story that you must identify and create.
a. Setting. This refers to the time, place, and circumstance the story takes place in. To keep the creativity, writers are encouraged not to say it outright. Instead, they must describe it through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. The setting usually helps you introduce the possible background of the characters and set of the plot. When you make a clear depiction of it, readers would be able to understand better the other aspects usually incorporated in the story.
b. Characters. These are the people who are directly or indirectly involved in the development of the plot. They can either be major or minor characters, protagonists (heroes), or antagonists (villains). It is important that you are able to introduce who’s who in the story, so that people can directly identify with them in relation to the setting. Don’t fall into the trap of expounding every single person you incorporate, as this may distract you from the narrative. Prioritize – keep your focus and then leave the rest to the reader’s imagination.
c. Conflict. This is the dilemma that the characters are facing or set to face, within the setting. It can be something as predictable and obvious as good versus evil. But most literary students identify them as person versus self, person versus person, person versus his environment, person versus society, person versus the supernatural, and person versus technology. There can be a number of conflicts existing in a plot. But you should have a general one that people can follow more closely.
d. Climax. This is the most interesting part of a story. It is where most of the questions get answered, and the fates of the characters are determined. You should be able to carefully relate the climax with the resolution, to avoid upsetting your audiences with an abrupt and confusing conclusion.
e. Resolution/Ending. Obviously, this is the segment where the problems are resolved, and the story comes to a full close. As a writer, you must always treat the ending with high regard, since it is what your readers will remember most about your work.
You don’t have to go to college in order to write a book. All you need to do is look for the relevant references and follow a few tips. And of course, you also have to practice, to eventually make it perfect. With a little imagination and a lot of heart, it wouldn’t take long before you get your own Pulitzer Prize book published.
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