Creative writing is difficult enough, most of the time so without adding the extra pressure of writing about something you may know little about. Try to focus on your own past experiences or subjects you do know very well and feel comfortable writing about. I would highly recommend you start your first manuscript in the genre of “Fiction”. This is because the Fiction genre is much more forgiving when it comes to writing about most things as you are the one in control of the settings, characters, events, timeframes, and overall plot. You do not need to accurately reference for example whether you used the right police procedure for knocking down a suspects door or how arresting officer takes someone into custody. You are in control of everything whether it seems far-fetched or not.
The other advantage of writing Fiction is you are a lot less likely to get taken to court for Defamation, Privacy, and Publicity Issues. We live in a world that scrutinizes everything and if an offence is caused, you could likely end up in court over it. This is where the safety net of writing Fiction comes in as all your characters are made up and you can make up any scenario with them without worrying about breaking any laws. *NOTE: I would throw this word of caution to you as to not base your characters on famous people or people you know personally, using any of their obvious traits or past incidents. As basing your characters on well know individuals or any situations those individuals may be connected to could land you in trouble with Defamation, Privacy, and Publicity Issues even though you have them under a different name. Some court cases have been very successful in prosecuting authors that have written fiction novels using real people.
Some tips on writing Fiction
- Know what your characters wants and needs are. This helps in establishing a compelling character that you can connect with. Examples: Operation REVERT – Jason’s character wants to rid Northern Ireland of terrorists to keep everyone safe. Michaels character wants to bomb, kill and maim all the British out of Northern Ireland by any means possible.
- Try to look at your whole story as an algorithm. Successful books always seem to follow the same algorithm to which there is a ton of references on the internet. An example of an algorithm would be: Start of the chapter – describe setting – an introduction of characters for that chapter – situation arises – COMPLICATION – PANIC – solution to the problem – SOLUTION DOES NOT WORK – PANIC – end of the chapter.
- Keep your audience engaged. Start your Novel off with tension right away. Don’t use a long build up as you have to keep your readers interest. When you get more experienced on how to keep your audience on the edge of their seats then I would try using a slow build-up as you would have mastered that particular writing technique.
- Before you write it, plan it! Where will your story take you and how it will engage with your other characters. Plan everything from start to finish using a timeline for each character. This way you can accurately write about situations that involve other characters or timelined events.
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