3 Gerunds That Change Literature
Our tagline here at BYCT is Entertaining. Uplifting. Inspiring. When we think of great novels these words must ring true. Think back to the first time you realized you loved to read. Even to those who maybe don’t love reading but have that one book that was the exception that took you out of this world… Why? What made that book great? Well we believe any book must have all three of these qualities to be great and that is why it is our tagline.
This one is a no brainer. Of course a book needs to be entertaining! But, we included it into our motto because raise your hand if you’ve ever that book you could just never get quite into… Okay so we all raised our hands. How as an author can we make sure to keep our readers entertained and how as readers can we choose novels best to entertain our personalities? As a reader, when choosing a novel, know your preference… If your preference is normally fantasy romance then a historical biography might not be up your ally. But, don’t forget to read outside your comfort zone because you might fall in love with more than one type! Okay now, to authors… Keep your books entertaining by sticking to the genre; develop interesting and relate-able characters; and understanding your audience.
Why is this characteristic so important to us? Novels that leave you feeling uplifted, have long lasting impacts in our lives. With so many bad things going on in the world today that we like to highlight all the good still left in the world. Does that mean all our books are rainbows and roses? No. Our books and the characters within still go through challenges and experience real life hardships. However, we want our readers to feel uplifted and wanting more after reading a book from our site.
Books that inspire us are the reason people read. How many times have we read a book about an amazing story that just flat out inspires us to doing something we would never think to do before? Or maybe just give us the extra push to do something we’ve been thinking about for a while? Great books inspire people. Period. No matter the genre or the plot if it’s a great book, it has to inspire someone.
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There has been a lot of buzz going around how there is no “right” way to write a novel. We disagree. One of the best things about writing is it is considered to be Objectively Subjective. What we mean by this is some writers work through structured outlines while others dive-in head first exploring the path. What is the “right” way to write a novel?
Understand yourself as a writer and perfect your methods.
Whether you are The Structurer, The Explorer or maybe somewhere in between you can create a masterpiece by being Objectively Subjective.
Before becoming an Objectively Subjective writer we need to understand where our methods fall on the spectrum…
The Structurer: Has a clear path of the story and uses a concise outline during the process. This process starts with the basics. Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution. After finding initial direction The Structurer then adds smaller conflicts and climaxes that creates character development and the story. They have the direction of the novel in mind and execute accordingly.
The Explorer: Starts with a blank piece of paper and a lot of words. Explorers use their current moods and passions to develop characters and create conflicts. The story has no direction but also no limits to which direction the final draft will go. Depending on the day The Explores takes their writing wherever their mind will let them go.
Now on a scale of Structurer to Explorer where are you? It is common to be somewhere in the middle of the two. Understanding where you are on the scale as a writer helps the writing process go more smoothly and clears your mind for imagination and creativity.
In order to write a novel worth reading one needs to, “learn to be three people at once: writer, character, and reader.” - Nancy Kress (Author of Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints) Unless you’re writing a fictitious biography, a writer needs to get out of their own mind and into the minds’ of their characters and readers.
How can we do this?
Life is beautiful and messy all at the same time. BUT it’s the mess that makes life worth living. Without challenges, beauty becomes mundane living. As authors, how do we stay clear of the mundane within our novels? Before we jumped into the character’s mind… as the writer we first need to slip into the mind of our readers. Below we’ve mapped out FIVE easy steps to successfully morph the writer, character and reader into one.
1. Establish the Genre
Establishing the genre of your book is going to help develop true dynamic personalities within your writing. If your novel is Science fiction, no need to have the main characters focus on their intimate relationship with one another… Unless you determine the genre is a Science-fiction Romance* By understanding the genre of your novel you will be able to smoothly develop the characters without loosing the overall story.
2. Who Are Your Readers
Once you determine the genre… let’s say, Romance, decide who you will gear your book towards. I know, I know… we want EVERYONE to read our novels but having a group of people who understand you as a writer and your characters will make your novel a novel worth reading.
3. Give Characters Relevant Problems to Genre and Readers
Does it make sense to put a pop star meeting her father for the first time in outer space? Probably not. Relate your character’s problems to the genre and your readers.
4. Characters Should Solve Problems
Don’t let the plot solve the problem. Why didn’t J.K. Rowling shut down Hogwarts and force all the students to go home until next year while the professor took care of Voldemort? Take your characters and make them find the solutions within your novel.
5. Stay True to Yourself as an Author
Don’t forget whose writing the book. You are! Challenge the characters and the readers with your beliefs and thoughts and your novel will be a novel worth reading.
INSIDE THE WRITERS MIND- Jan Hill
Jan Hill has been one of our many great authors from the beginning. Her writing is exquisite and follows all of our main values. We interviewed Jan to get an up close and real understanding on how she has become the writer she is today. Her most popular series currently is the Brylee Hawkins Saga and she is working on releasing another series within the next year. You can buy her books through Amazon or through the online bookshop www.booksyoucantrust.com
Which writers inspire you?
I’ve had two favorite writers my entire life. I came to love their style and voice when I very young. They wrote in first person, giving me a real glimpse into the heart of the main character so I could relate.
Victoria Holt, whose real name was Eleanor Hibbert, is my all time favorite. She makes her readers feel the importance of really caring about someone else even if they are difficult to understand or sometimes just unlovable.
My second favorite author is Phyllis Whitney. She wrote mysteries that made me think. I was always eager to try to guess who the villain was because there was always some twist.
What genre are your books?
I’ve given that a lot of thought and have never felt that my work fits into one specified category, so I made up my own. I call them Romantic, Family Adventures. The trick is to mingle all three elements together so the stories become more real.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t decide. It found me at various times in my life when I needed it most to survive, but the gift came through my maternal grandmother, Viola Ririe. I went to live with her for several months. She was a writer and was always scribbling words on any scrap of paper she could find. I didn’t understand what she was doing since I was only five, but the stories she told would keep me mesmerized for hours. I wanted to be just like her because of the comfort and support she gave me, but by the time I was fifteen and had written my first full-length novel I knew it was all I wanted to do.
How do my ideas come – outline or floating thought?
I never know what I’m going to write when I sit down at the computer, so it’s hard to say where the ideas really come from. They just seem to flow from within, almost as if my characters are friends who are just waiting for me to give them voice. They dictate their own stories and I’m amazed at where their journeys take them.
Why do I write?
I write because I have to. There’s just something inside of me that has to come out. But over the years I’ve discovered that I actually have something to say. I want people to know that I have a strong desire to live righteously, love wholeheartedly and share what I know with others because it is the only way to find peace in a world filled with chaos.