Writing a book is not child’s play, and combined with the competition that exists, the chances of having your creation published are low. Many successful writers have had their books rejected hundreds of times before the time ship finally convinced someone to print them. One of the commonly rejected authors was Paulo Coelho. The novel that made him known to a large audience was none other than “The Alchemist” which was his first book. The book was embraced by millions of readers around the world and encouraged Coehlo to write more novels which turned out to be huge bestsellers.
Today we’re going to talk about the 3 key rules that protect a book against failure:
- Easy to read
The number one rule for a successful novel is to be easy to read. Think of the reader as a young child who would rather hang out and play with his friends than sit in a chair exploring the mysteries the writer wants to share with them. If the emotions that a good book can arouse are precious, it is essential that the reader be convinced of the importance of creation. Introducing readers to the topic and making them feel like they want to connect with what you want to communicate is crucial. Especially the first pages are not easy to read because the reader is not yet engaged in the plot.
Descriptions are what a book is. They are important to activate the reader’s imagination and begin to imagine the landscape. Here is an interesting clue, however. Descriptions were very common in books for centuries, allowing people to get an idea of what things they had never seen looked like. Once traveling became easy and airlines started offering super cheap deals to travelers, people became aware of what foreign countries and mysterious places were like. Tourism has become a trend, so describing what the furniture of a house in Paris looks like to an American reader is not a spectacular idea. It is very likely that the reader has been to France and is already aware of the decoration there. Additionally, the fact that we travel so much means that in many cases we may have tech items and products from other places in our own homes. Globalization is present, and its effects are numerous. Finally, let’s not forget that the invention of photography and video opened up a whole new window in people’s cultural interaction. We see that not only travel but also other forms of art have allowed people to broaden their horizons, whereas in previous years this was mainly done through reading books. Therefore, giving specific details in descriptions is not so popular these days. The new trend is for the writer to focus on describing the feelings of his characters rather than the clothes they wear or the way their house is built etc. It’s also a way to introduce the character to readers while allowing them to reach their own conclusions. For example, if the author writes that one of the main heroes is evil, he doesn’t give the reader many options. On the contrary, if the writer says that the hero is full of jealousy or hatred, it gives the reader more freedom to decide what they will think of the character.
One way to make a book easy to read is to have dialogue in the text. Wherever there is dialogue, the pages can be read quickly because the reader does not need to think much to understand what is written. The dialogues also have the power to make the book more realistic. If it is important to describe landscapes or the feelings of people, dialogues have a more direct way of allowing the author to say what he wants. Descriptions and metaphors are always important, but sometimes they fail to convey the sense of liveliness that the dialogues bring to the text. Let’s not forget how Agatha Christie used dialogues in her own books and made them not only popular but also enduring.
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