Five ways to find ideas for a successful novel

Semi-serious guide for aspiring writers and not, edited by Annabelle Lee, author of contemporary romance “Into the Sun”

Days ago the publisher that follows my rise in the Olympus of literature honored me with the request to write an article for the blog he manages. His is a blog that deals with the world of digital publishing (he also says the name and then, we all know) with various derivatives and annexes of the case, so I imagine that the topic I should choose for my article – albeit freely chosen – it cannot be “the minimalist influences in Fall / Winter 2016 fashion” nor “the incredible success of cats’ profiles on Instagram”. Though…


Forced therefore to omit arguments on which I am very ironic, I stop the role of the compulsive of the web and I adopt those more in line with a follower of Hemingway. No, it’s not about drowning in a bottle of scotch, what did you understand? My idea was to sit down and start bleeding on the computer keyboard, as he suggested. He was drunk when he suggested it, you say? Maybe, but it is terribly a “writer”.

Small note, before starting. It is the title. I hate titles that quantify the things one should do / know / eat / avoid and so on. As if the number indicated was not exact you could not live the same. But it seems that the market is asking for this, and if the Huffington Post does it, who am I not to adapt?

But now just digress. Let’s move on to find the right idea for your novel. I guarantee that these are very new, tested and infallible ways. Later I will also read them again.

FANTASY

Ah well, what obvious! Using fantasy to write a successful book is not a discovery! Indeed not, it is not. Most of us are able to imagine things, situations, even different worlds from those around us and so far, all easy. Put our fantasies on paper and describe them so that they become real for those who read them, give them names and definite and consistent characteristics, but that exist only in our mind – this will make the difference.

And this is not so easy. You won’t believe that Rowling woke up one morning and knocked down two lines, thus inventing a new sport or that R.R. Martin has created complex plots within a few hours!

Using your imagination to write a good book is an excellent thing. That works only if from the imagination in the writer’s head becomes reality in that of the reader!

But those who are not gifted with fervent imagination should not fall, there is the second point:

REALITY

Well, we have all experienced it: reality sometimes exceeds any imagination, verging on the absurd, sometimes (I hope for you, very rarely!).

And if the most banal stories can become beautiful stories if filled with well-characterized characters, fluid writing and a pinch of personality, an experience out of the ordinary can become a masterpiece. To draw therefore from an “extraordinary” event in your life, to draw inspiration from a person who has left his mark, to draw inspiration from a touching or frightening experience; all this can be developed to become successful.

People like to identify themselves with the characters, knowing that all this could happen in their lives also creates emotions. So add significant details, emphasize character traits, work on the plot, create a fairy tale ending, or tragic as it is and voila! Ah, a certain predisposition for writing in general is taken for granted.

To draw therefore from an “extraordinary” event in your life, to draw inspiration from a person who has left his mark, to draw inspiration from a touching or frightening experience; all this can be developed to become successful.

People like to identify themselves with the characters, knowing that all this could happen in their lives also creates emotions. So add significant details, emphasize character traits, work on the plot, create a fairy tale ending, or tragic as it is and voila! Ah, a certain predisposition for writing in general is taken for granted.

SPECIFIC THEMES

A recurring tip for aspiring writers is to “write about what you know”. Fortunately this advice is not followed by everyone, otherwise there would be no Salgari. But the stark truth is that the books, besides making us dream, also have the task of opening our minds, educating us (why, do you want to tell me that you were aware of the use of steel spheres before 50 shades?).

Writing and describing places, situations, characters with knowledge of the facts is never a given and can really make a difference! Keep in mind that your book is aimed (potentially) at an infinite number of readers of all types, being able to make them passionate about a new theme or that they have never had the opportunity to deepen involves a certain responsibility, but has results. certain.

So if you are lucky enough to have a thematic “secret” of any kind, take advantage of it!

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Of these, these are the most obvious and also the most pragmatic of the methods listed. This is a very simple thing: identifying the needs of the market. I know, I know, where’s the poem gone? On the dinner plate, I guess.

Ok, once you’ve overcome the cynicism barrier, let’s focus on the evidence, heavily generalizing: who doesn’t like to dream? So let’s create a beautiful dream! Do women want to be saved (even men for that matter, but this is another story and half of the literature should be rewritten)? Let’s get organized! The bad must be punished and the good must triumph? I agree: at least in books, let’s make it happen!

Books are also a way to escape everyday life and I bet someone said it much better than me, but that’s the truth. If we lack imagination, reality is too present and the specific is not our forte, we can always make people dream! And, to do it better … Let’s go straight to point 5.

I had dozed off for a moment. What did I miss? Ah, are you the one who got lost?

DRINKING

With Hemingway it worked. Sure, then he shot himself with a shotgun. Well, we take this off.

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