A fiction novel is a kind of genre where a writer has the full privilege of shaping his work through his imagination. Still writing a fictional book isn’t an easy task. You can’t write a successful book by only depending on your skill if you don’t use some basic steps as a beginner.
These are some basic steps to write a fictional novel for beginners to understand that how to write fictional novel:
1. Strong Imagination Power
To become a fiction writer the first and foremost thing you need is strong imagination power. This is the basic key to a successful novel. You must imagine characters, incidents, conversations, and circumstances while creating a good plot. You need to visualize the things in your mind. It’s only a basic skill that will help you to create the plot and write with a great impact. It’s not the first step but a continuing step that you’ll need throughout your writing period.
2. Be A Good Reader
You can’t be a good writer if you’re bad at reading. You need an immense amount of knowledge on the genre you will be working on. Take inspiration from renowned books that are from the same genre that how they write a fictional novel. It’ll help your vocabulary storage to enrich and improve your writing skills.
3. Create A Plot And Some Subplots
- The first thing you’ll need for a novel is a good plot. Try to create a unique yet simple plot if you’re a beginner. Your first book shouldn’t make you confused in the middle. If you’re overloading your first novel with all the ideas you have in your mind, you’ll be in a complete mess. A complete novel should have only one plot. You’ll be working on that throughout the book and finishing it with an impact-full conclusion. For example, your plot highlights the life of a protagonist who has a complicated past and the protagonist needs to deal with that in the present time. So, throughout your novel, you’ll only work on the challenges that he will be facing because of his past.
- Subplots help your story to conclude. These will divide your book into several components. For example, you’ll be dividing your book into a few subplots like the past last of the protagonist, the actual challenge he is facing right now, the connection between his past and present life, how he will be dealing with it, what will be the conclusion and how.
4. Make Draft
After you are done with setting a good plot in your mind make a draft of the whole story.
Don’t make a draft in your mind. Your mind is gonna help you to imagine and set up a plot. But making a draft will have all the essence of your story and a planned layout of your work.
Write down everything that comes to your mind immediately. You can do that with your notepad and a pen or in a notepad app. However, things should be stored in a safe place.
Your ideas are precious which don’t hit your mind frequently. A draft is a detailed version of your plot and imagination.
Write down every key incident step by step.
In which situation your novel is gonna begin, what the protagonist will be doing at the beginning, how many incidents will gonna take place, and in which sequence.
5. Re-read The Draft, Edit And Add
The human brain is never out of ideas. You may be out of ideas while making a draft for a certain amount of time.
However, after taking a break and refreshing your mind you can come up with more interesting ideas which will help your story to become more interesting.
Go through your draft again after taking a break with a raw mind. Edit the outline, add stuff that can enrich your book with interest, erase stuff that is non-benefiting or unnecessary. You can follow the step 2-3 times to get a better draft.
6. Build Characters
More than a plot audience is attracted towards the characters of a book. They can relate to the characters, feel their happiness and sorrows. Sometimes, the readers are so connected to the characters that they can’t digest the struggle them.
Describe the protagonist to the readers as an open book. The readers should know the detail of the character to engage with them. Make a different layout for each character of your book and write down every key thing about them.
- Their body structure, the way they talk, their habits, behavior, bonding with another character, positive and negative sides, tastes, preferences, etc.
- The more you build a character nicely the more your readers will be hooked to your book.
- The basic introduction of the protagonist, how he/she is, what his/her flaws, in what way he/she thinks, what makes the protagonist feel good and bad, how the protagonist is connected to the other characters.
You need to go deep into the characters and get into his/her shoes, live the character completely to bring out the actual character you want for your story.
7. Make A Draft Of The Characters
During the writing procedure, you may need months or a year to complete your book. You can’t store every detail of every character in your brain storage.
There are high chances of forgetting details when you’re writing a chapter. Sometimes a character seems to be confused to the readers when you miss any key point about it.
It’s highly necessary to make a draft of every character of your story so that the readers don’t have any confusion about it.
Note down what the protagonists do when they are in dilemma. You should use the same thing again and again in your book whenever you show the same situation to save the consistency of the character.
8. Be Your Own Reader
Go through every chapter after completing it. Read your chapters thoroughly and judge it on your own.
You need to forget that you’ve written the chapter and put yourself in a reader’s shoes. Find your own mistakes and edit your chapters.
Try to learn what you as a reader want from the book. That’ll gonna help you in story development.
9. Story Development
Track your story development on a regular basis. Re-read your story and examine the draft. Your story must follow the draft you made earlier.
Or else you can change your draft by the time if it’s required. Don’t hasten your storyline. Every incident needs a specific time to build and maintain the flow. Your story should meet the requirements of an ideal novel, one of them is to develop a story.
10. Create A Meaningful Conclusion
An effective and meaningful conclusion is the last sign of a good novel. You must satisfy your readers with a satisfying and logical end so that they cherish your work even after completing it.
Whatever the conclusion is, good, bad, tragic, scary it should convince your readers and go well with your book. It works as a final touch of your book and justifies your hard work.
Try to build the last situation effectively so that it melts the hearts of your readers and leave a deep mark on their mind for your book. For writers, the biggest achievement is to win the hearts of their readers.
11. Promote Your Work
A writer isn’t called a writer if he doesn’t have a reader. You need an audience to read your work, appreciate it, judge it, and even criticize it.
It doesn’t matter where you are publishing your book; online or offline. You desire to have a promotion of your novel. A writer launches a book but a reader finishes it with his feedback.
Without the feedback of readers, your work is considered to be incomplete. Don’t hesitate to promote your book on social platforms but don’t make it look clumsy. Your promotion shouldn’t offend the audience.
Choose your ways that make them curious about your book. Write a great synopsis of your work and present it before the audience.
There’s nothing more effective than setting up a plan to write a successful book. A fiction novel needs to have the combination of your imagination and step by step procedure. Good luck with your amazing writing journey.