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The Topic of the week: Getting Started

September 21, 2012

The most difficult objective when you decide that you want to become an author is: How to Get Started. The first thing that you want to do is decide what  type of *genre you want to write. I recommend that you choose a genre that you like to read so that you are familiar with the general style of that genre. And if you write a genre that you enjoy then it will be much easier to keep yourself and your readers interested. The second step is to decide what point of view you would like to use. Listed below are the main point of views:

1st person: You allow the readers to see into the inner thoughts and feelings a character(s) is experiencing. Uses pronouns such as: “I”, “my”, “we” and “us”.

2nd person: For this point of view you directly address the readers. It is one of the most difficult point of views. It uses pronouns such as: “you”, “your”, and “yours”.

3rd person: This is the most popular point of view. It uses pronouns such as: “he”, “she”, or “it”. The readers are only allowed to see the physical feelings and motives of a character. The readers can’t look into the mind of the character and see what they are thinking or  feeling internally.

3rd person omniscient: This point of view is almost like 3rd person but the difference is that your readers will be able to see the thoughts and inner feelings of your characters. It uses the same pronouns as regular 3rd person.

After you choose your point of view you must decide on a topic. Choose something that you take true genuine interest in or know a lot about. Helpful tip: Create strong connections between your readers and your characters. If you do so your audience will create a relationship with your character(s) and therefore will stay interested in your book. Also keep your targeted audience in mind and imagine their reactions to your writing.

After you start a story you will eventually run into what writers call “Writer’s Block”, which is when the writer is stuck at a point in their story and either becomes unsure of how to continue with their plot or is temporarily disinterested. The important thing to keep in mind when you begin your story is to enjoy your writing and not turn it into a hassle. Write whenever you have relaxation time. You will find that the writing will come to you more naturally if you relax. Second of all…Don’t FRET! If you are stressing over your writing or maybe struggling through a “Writer’s Block” phase take a break from writing for a while. Don’t give up on your book! Just give your mind time to re-coop and come up with bright, new ideas. If you are writing your first book it can be exciting, as well as exhilarating. So now that you’re all set… Let’s get to writing!

Examples of genres: Action adventure, romance, sci-fi (science fiction), western, non fiction, historical fiction, etc.

*Genre: categories/classifications of different book subjects or book topics


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