Basic Skills of Novel Creation

If you want to write a good story, if you want to turn your text into a book, if you want to become a novelist, you might as well take a look at this "Basic Skills of Novel Writing".

Starting from the basic writing skills, the core mystery of novel creation is opened up. The book covers themes, settings, perspectives, characters, plots, main events, key scenes, dialogues, clues, etc...

Let readers cultivate in-depth writing awareness from basic skills, and become a qualified and excellent writer in the process of many writing practices.

The creation of a novel is divided into seven elements. Through the explanation of each element, readers can learn how to write and conceive the plot.

01: Theme

The theme is the core of the whole novel and the most important thing.

Therefore, if you want to write a novel, its theme should be something you experienced personally, or something that you often think about and have deep insights.

Such as love-lost, failed exams, layoffs, loss of relatives, betrayal, marriage failure, etc.

Because what we personally experienced is what we are familiar with, and it is also the expression of our true feelings, and real emotions can move people's hearts even more.

02: Setting

After choosing the theme, we have to choose the time and place for the story to take place.

Is it contemporary fiction, historical fiction, or science fiction?

Is its location and environment (social or workplace) familiar to you, or do you need a lot of information?

When choosing a time and place for a novel, first ask yourself this question: Is your setting necessary for the theme or plot?


For example, if you put the characters in the novel in a city that you are not familiar with, just because you have been to a place when you travel or where you want to go, such an approach does not actually make much sense.

Scenic spots or landmarks have their own characteristics and atmosphere, but don't place your character in Rome just to "add some exotic colors".

The interaction between the role and the place must be meaningful and able to promote the theme.

03: Perspective

That is, are you writing in the first person or in the third person?

Before you mention the pen, you can think about whose story you want to write. When you think about whose story you want to write, you can make a choice between the first person and the third person.

04: Characters

What information do you have about the characters in your novels?

Write down any scattered photos about them, what they look like, how they speak, their age, hobbies, etc.


05: Plot

A plot is an event that takes place in order to depict the theme of the story.

That is where the story begins, where does it end, and how do you plan to connect to the starting point.

In fact, writing a novel is to set up a path between two points: the beginning and the end.

06: Main events/key scenes:

The main events promote the development of the storyline.

So when you have a good idea of a certain plot in the novel and know how it will happen, then your story is basically more systematic.


07: beginning

Before you start writing, you must think carefully at the beginning. Why did this incident become the beginning of your story?

When we first started writing, we always made the mistake of putting the time point of the beginning of the story ahead, letting readers understand the full background of all the characters before opening the plot, thinking that everything should be done at the beginning of the novel. Clear explanation is indispensable.

for example:

You can "introduce the protagonist in detail"-before he is hit by a bus, bitten by a Rottweiler, or trapped on the top of Mount Everest without a down jacket, you have to count him and the seven aunts and eight aunts. .

You can also wait until he has entered the intensive care unit before letting the seven aunts and eight aunts enter the reader's field of vision, and let them chat in the hospital corridor and wait for the doctor's news.

But compared with the two, it is obvious that the second one is better. It cuts directly into the subject and arouses the interest of readers.


The above are the seven elements of novel creation.

After a brief understanding of these seven elements, the next step is to start writing.

In fact, novel writing is not difficult, as long as you start to write, you are already half done

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