How do you write a good story or book?

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"Don't listen to any advice, that's what I'd say. Write only what you want to write. Please yourself. YOU are the genius, they're not. Especially don't listen to people (such as publishers) who think that you need to write what readers say they want. Readers don't always know what they want. I don't know what I want to read until I go into a bookshop and look around at the books other people have written, and the books I enjoy reading most are books I would never in a million years have thought of myself. So the only thing you need to do is forget about pleasing other people, and aim to please yourself alone." ~Phillip Pullman

You have to decide where your imagination wants to take you with your writing. If you want to write non fiction then pick a subject you know about (or at least research it). I went to a writing college and it helped a lot and was fun. I met all sorts of interesting people and we exchanged ideas. You don't have to go to school in order to write a good story, though. Most writers don't take writing classes at all.
In order to make a story interesting, you have to have two things:
Good Detail - do your research and be able to describe the scenes, people, dialogue, and actions effectively. This also means correctly, because if you are sloppy with your research and get facts wrong, your readers will not buy your next book. Emotion - good writing is emotional writing. You have to be able to write about emotions so that the reader feels them along with your characters. Invent characters who are believable and likable, not superheroes who have no faults and are stunningly beautiful and genius-level intelligent!

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Jean Ure came to visit my school and she advised writing about things that happen everyday. She kept a diary over the years and has looked back through it to give her ideas. Writers are observant. If you pay attention to the world around you, you will find many ideas for stories, as well as examples of conversation and behavior for your characters. The actual writing process is basically what you've learned in your grammar classes at school. Use correct spelling and punctuation, too, and not "netspeak" - editors won't pay attention to anything that you have written carelessly and improperly.

One good way to get started is to imagine that you're talking. Just pretend you're telling a story to one of your friends, and instead of speaking, write. To write a good story think about what you want it to be about. Then try to stay on topic. Don't constantly change the subject.
Well, for starters, the story has to be 'you'. If the story is not 'you', you didn't write it.

Making it as real to the style as possible, Biographies should never be unauthorized, and stories about flying witches should never have 'How to bake cakes' on the the front cover. Also make it appeal to the masses if you want it to be successful. "One day a boy went to the park and met a dog" should never be read by a 30 year old.

How to write an excellent, exciting, tense story. To write an excellent, exciting, tense, story you should try and use your imagination. If people say you are a rubbish writer don't let it knock your confidence, everyone has an imagination and you just have to find it. To make an exciting story put interesting adjectives in. To make a tense story you slowly tell the story, letting little hints and clues out, this will make the reader want to continue reading the story. Plus, if you get a good paragraph together (this could be a starting paragraph) build your ideas from there. If you have a good idea write it down quickly on a piece of paper before you forget it.

For fiction people say to write about what you know, when you're first starting out. Instead write about what you don't know. Explore the subject and everything that branches off from it, research what you might need to know as you go along, but you don't always need to know what you're writing about. Sometimes it's best to let yourself just make things up as you go along, it makes the story yours, and it makes writing it and reading it exciting.
Fiction is a story that is not true. In order to write a good fictional story, find out what genre you would like to write about. (Mystery, Science-Fiction, etc) Next, figure out what you want to write about, in that genre. (Science Fiction-- what should I write about in this genre?) This step is the hardest. Once you have figured out what you want to write about-write! Make a rough draft. Next, revise, revise, revise! (You guessed it, revise again!) Until you have a clean, fluent, and exciting story!

Terry McMillan's Advice to Aspiring Writers Write as if no one is ever going to read it. Try not to read, revise or rewrite what you've written until you've had a chance to let it simmer. Don't believe your family, friends or lovers when they tell you: "It's great!" What else are they going to say? Try not to think of an idea for a good story. In fact, leave your brain out of it. Write about what frightens you. What you find perplexing. Disturbing. What breaks your heart. And what you wish you could change. Write as if you're telling a story to an old friend you haven't seen in years. It's one way to find your own voice. Read work by writers that you respect and admire. Just don't try to imitate them. You want your reader to see what's on the page, not read the words, so paint a moving picture. Don't compare what you're writing to published authors. They were once in your shoes. Remember that a story is about someone who wants something and someone is preventing them from getting it. Whatever that might be. All of us have flaws. Pass some of yours on to your characters! You want your reader to care about your characters, worry about them and hope they can get out of whatever mess you put them in. You have to have conflict in your story. Even fairy tales and cartoons have them. Even if your early work gets rejected, don't beat yourself up. It doesn't mean your work isn't good. It may not be ready yet. If you feel the same after you finish writing something as you did when you started, you've wasted your time. Fiction is a way of making a lie believable. Write the kind of story you'd like to read. Read everything you write aloud. Pets make great listeners. They don't judge. Don't forget that a story should be life affirming. There's enough negativity in the world as it is. Tell the story from your character's point of view instead of yours.
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