Writing A Novel: The Ultimate Guide [Part 2]

This is a continuation of part 1 of how to write a novel. Read the first part here. 

Write for Your Reader

Writing fiction, you have to kind of guess what your reader wants from your book. You have the plot for your book in mind, you have the characters thought out, and you know where you want the story to go, but what about your target audience? Your reader is going to get just a piece of the story when they buy your book. They will get a snippet of what story you are telling. This is enough to encourage them to read it.


Can your book make them want to sit up all night turning the pages or does it fall short when they open chapter one? If the cover of the book is more thrilling than the story inside, you have let down that reader and they will not recommend it to others. Each of your books will be different.

Each of them will appeal to a unique group of readers. Before you go to print, make sure you know what your reader is going to want from the book you are writing. Will your reader expect a love story? Have you provided it? Will they need a love triangle to take place before the innocent woman devotes herself to the charming scoundrel?

Tie Up All Lose Ends

For a reader, there is nothing worse than reading half way through a book only to realize that now half the characters have miraculously disappeared without further mention or that you have taken a story line and dropped it without notice. It leaves the reader frustrated. 

If a character is noteworthy, but not an important part of the story, mention them in passing or write them away when their usefulness is past. Do not just expect the reader to forget them. If you are telling several stories in one which will ultimately lead up to a conclusion of all combined stories in one, make sure you let the reader know as one part of the story is solved. However, this must be done in such a way that the reader does not say, “Well, that’s how that ended and now the next half of the book will be boring”.

Remind them that there are other things that they must learn before the end of the book.

Write the Story Naturally

A lot of authors mess a book up by writing the end of it before they work at the beginning and the middle. It is okay to know that you want it to end in a certain way, but you should not plan it out too quickly. Write the beginning of your story, develop it, and then write the middle of your story.

Let the story flow naturally and tell itself. Let the words and the way it feels to you dictate where it will finally end. You can still encourage your story to end in a certain way, but do not expect it to go exactly where you imagined when you began. If you simply let it flow in a natural way, the sequence of events will make more sense to your reader and they will not feel that it was rushed toward the end.

This will keep the story true to itself and your readers will appreciate the effort.

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Writing A Novel: The Ultimate Guide [Part 1]

What Makes a Great Fiction Novel?

The writers who enjoy writing fiction novels have a challenge to deal with that non-fiction writers do not. Whereas non-fiction writers have a fact based story that is supported, no matter how crazy it may sound to some, writers of fiction make take an idea that is purely a fiction of their imagination and make it real. The characters must stand out, the story must be interesting, and it must be able to make a person feel as though they are part of the story in some way.


Otherwise, instead of being on the bestselling fiction novel list, you will end up with a book that no one wants to read or publish. That is why before you ever put pen to paper, you need to discover what makes a great fiction novel. Otherwise, you will be setting yourself, and your potential readers, up for failure.

Your Characters Should Shine

In a fictional novel, characters are not someone you can see and know a little backstory on before you pick up the book. When writing fiction, you cannot assume that your reader knows about the characters, but the character needs to become a real person for the time it takes them to read that story.

This means that the characters in your book must have a story. They must have personality, a body type, and a story that may go beyond the one you are writing. If you are writing a story about a grown up woman, explain that as a child she would do other things.

You do not have to dwell on it or devote chapters to discussing her as a younger woman or having done things in the past, but you do need to have the reader believe she did not just pop up out of thin air. If you have a man in the story, talk about his warm, brown eyes when he looks toward something he loves.

What are his ambitions beyond the story or the issue that he is dealing with today, in the area of his life that you are writing. Your reader may not know the figment of your imagination, but they need to be able to relate that character to someone they know, an attitude that they have, a profession that their father has, etc. Stories are very important and just like great businessmen, they need a path to follow. If a kid wants to buy a supercar like a ferrari or lambo, then he needs to follow a path like the one laid out in a story novel.

Plotting Against Something

When it comes to the fictional world, people want to escape their own world for a few moments. The best way to do that is to give them a story that trumps their own.

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Whether it is a romance that has an ex battling for the devotion she no longer has or a suspenseful thriller about a homicidal maniac, your reader needs to have their heart pounding, their anger spiked, their emotions in turmoil, the same as they would if they were in that situation.

This can only be achieved by planning out the story’s plot and making it an action packed adventure from beginning to end. The plot should be described. The issues that each character are facing must be able to make the reader want to know what happens next. If a reader is bored within the first half of the book and feels that the story is not going to take them out of their real world, a person will stop reading.