What goes into the writing of a book?
Writing takes time and what is written down in a book often depends on the writer and the things that influence him during the process of creation. While it may be a subjective process, writing is still mainly a way for an individual to express himself, his thoughts and his beliefs.
What really makes a book great and interesting?
To some people, the success of a book is measured by the amount of money gained from its sales; others through its merits and critical recognition. By all means, a good book can both be a literary and a commercial success and the only thing necessary for the writer is to make it appealing to readers as well as publishers.
Here are some of the essential characteristics that make a book interesting to readers:
- Good title – The title is first thing that readers remember when they see a book. A catchy, memorable title is enough to catch the attention of readers
- Compelling characters – A novel must have interesting and believable characters which help draw the interest of readers and make it memorable. The characters should mimic real people even though they live in the world of fiction.
- Interesting dialogue – Interaction between the characters is contained in the dialogue. It forms a big part of the novel and shows the personality and interest of the characters.
- Conflict – A novel should discuss or address a conflict or struggle where the characters are involved, live, move with it and triumphed over the adversity. A good conflict in a story creates an exciting plot.
- Precise writing – A good novel or book is written in accurate and concise language which all contributes to the development of its idea and build up the emotion of the readers. Therefore, every sentence and paragraph must have coherence and must be related to the main idea of the book.
- Impressionable – A great book or novel must be thought-provoking in such a way that it will leave readers with an idea, motivate and influence them , even long after they have read the book.
- Fulfilling story – A good book must satisfy the readers and must have a clear understanding of the story, its characters and what goes on in it.
- Growth – A good book should encourage readers to grow together with the story its characters, meaning they should be able to derive a lesson from it. However, it must also leave a mystery to its characters or a gap to its ending just enough to allow readers to ponder and gain a new experience from it.
- A good ending – A good novel must also have a compelling story ending where all conflicts have been resolve, problems solved, and destinations are reached. A good story ending should also be memorable and leave the readers satisfied or longing for a next novel from the writer.
Readers’ tastes on books may vary since what is good to one person may not be interesting to another. But more often than not, a good book is always defined by its readers.
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