Welcome, future author…Because you are reading this, it probably means that you are a writer, that you plan on becoming one or dream of becoming one. If you aren't a writer, then telling you that you're not far from becoming one could be considered a lie. Writing is easy, being a writer is much harder. If you already are a writer, you know what I'm talking about.
But please, don't be discouraged by this. That is what this guide is for - to help you find your way into or back into writing. This will not be a step-by-step instruction to how you write, telling you what you can and cannot do. While you read this guide I hope to help you find your inspiration, get creative, work out your own organization plan and tackle obstacles on your journey to creating your very own, unique novel or story.
What is this guide?
This guide will be divided into parts, which you can read in order or choose whichever ones you like. We'll be going through the following key milestones:
- Finding your inspiration
- Your writing style and genre
- Developing a plot
- Creating the beginning and the end
- Developing characters
- Creating settings
- Writing the background story
- Catching your readers
There will also be special parts where I focus more intensively on, for example, different writing genres or other important, helpful stuff that requires more time and space than I can fit into the original guide. Some of these will be:
- Fantasy: Creating a new language
- Developing the perfect love story
- Designing the villain
All parts of the guide will be available on deviantART through me, *AOnceToldStory, and in #dArchives' gallery as they are finished. They will be properly linked to one another so that you can easily find exactly the help you need.
Examples and references
Throughout this author's guide I will be using stories and novels I've come up with myself, as well as characters and settings from these stories, as examples to help you. These stories and everything related to them belongs to me and are not public property, and I trust that you won't use them as such. After all, you're here to create your own, unique story with your very own characters, plots and settings, right?
I will also be referring to some popular/classical books and movies in this guide, such as Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games, J.K Rowling's Harry Potter, J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. Mostly, this is because they are very well known throughout the world (and this guide is supposed to be internationally friendly), but also because these are the books that I know the best.
In advance, I claim no rights to any material created/owned by these authors that I use for this guide, such as quotes, pictures or text snippets.
Before you go on to reading this guide, you should know that I am a young, Swedish author-in-training, and that ENGLISH IS NOT MY NATIVE TONGUE. I have studied English, though, for ten years and I've been writing stories, novels and fanfiction even longer than that. Still, my English is not perfect, and I ask your forgiveness in advance for any errors in grammar or spelling that you might find in this guide. Thank you for your understanding!
So, are we ready to begin? STAY TUNED FOR PART 1!