I am a writer and a poet. A soul searcher and a realist. A communicator and home decorator.
What Makes a Book Good?
Books are in abundance, while good books are rare. "How do I write a good book," is the most frequent question asked by aspiring writers. Many at times we stress ourselves in the wrong direction only to find what we need right at inside us.
Your ability to write a good book is in your thoughts, your mind, your subconsciousness and at your finger tips. To help you understand the way it works, I will list and explain how it works point by point.
Born to Write
I am a creative professional writer. I have been an online writer for eight years, and I have done lots of freelance. I love writing passionately and I believe in every story, poem and article I have written. Writing is my career, my hobby, my world.
Be creative: Being creative can never be over emphasized! Do not always do you, and be you. Be a million persons, and do things your mind hasn’t created yet. Use your imagination widely, and tactfully take advantage of the happenings and experiences you have either seen or heard. Blow your mind, wow your readers.
Always take notes: I make it a habit to keep my phone next to my bed every night, so I can easily type some keys thoughts on my notes whenever they pop up. Our subconsciousness can breed the best pop ups if we take notes of them quickly. You can be writing a story during the day but just lose concentration or ideas. But at night, those lost ideas seems to find their way back and play on our minds. Or sometimes, these ideas just tease us at wrong places. Places where we cannot just write. So instead of losing those thoughts and brilliant ideas; its better we take them down on notes, either manually or electronically.
Be confident : If you lack confidence as a writer, your book will lack confidence. It will just end up being a book, never a good one. Do not compare yourself to any other good writer out there, so you do not lose your confidence. We all started from somewhere; and whatever we have, we have received. So instead of greasing your lack of confidence with the idea of being inferior to other writers; remember, one man’s meat can be another man’s poison. Some best sellers have been labelled a boring book. If some people do not like your book, others will. If some call it poison, others will call it meat. Do not be afraid to write with confidence.
Accept criticism: Accepting criticism is as good as never allowing it bother you. God’s word is the best book that has ever been written, and will always remain the most read and translated book ever; still it has been criticised many times. Does it lose it’s authenticity and importance? No. It is however timeless! So do not stop writing because you are being criticised, even the bible was criticised: is the lesson we have gathered here. Instead take advantage of such criticism and look for areas to develop yourself. There is no end to learning; continuous learning makes you young, fresh and active in mind — and that is something your critics do not understand: but you do.
The right title and book cover : Make sure your title and book cover are related to your story. Do not be a liar by creating a very captivating cover of a beautiful lady, when your storyline is about a drunk who lost his young wife to death and he had to struggle with life all alone. Do not trick people to read your book. Always remember; once beaten, twice shy. To get a good book cover that links to your title, think about your characters and their roles. Think of the main dialogue in the story, and create either an animated cover displaying their naughtiness, or a picture portraying the action, or the meaning, or essence of the book itself.
Think clearly : This is very crucial in making a good book. When your thoughts are clouded by what will people say, or how they will begin to view you after your book is published — will hinder you. You must write and write well. Stop thinking that readers will attribute a naughty character to you, or feel you may have experienced the same situation in life. Think of your book and remember, it is a book, a story you never called a biography.
Take your time: Being in a hurry can lose good points, cast, narration and dialogues. Yes it is good to have a dead line for the completion of a book but it is never good to have an unrealistic deadline. While you are drunk on writing and getting ready to kill reality — make sure reality doesn't kill you at the end of the day by making your book a write off.
Read passionately: It is always said that you cannot give what you do not have. So what are you waiting for? Go in search for what you do not have and give it! You do not have to travel abroad to know what’s happening there. And you do not need to be divorced to know how divorce hurts. All you need to do is read about these things. Read online and offline intelligently. Read humans and animals. Read plants and our environment. Read situations and motives. Read, read, read. Read with an intention to give.
Appreciate yourself: Tell yourself, well done Jade. Well done James. Well done Uzor. Praise yourself in your heart. Tell others about yourself and your works appreciatively. Love your books and every line in it. When people read your book, they will feel it too. They will appreciate it and you will for a certainty make best seller if you never give up!
Clear your head of doubts :Be very careful about the kind of opinion you have about your storyline. Do not for a second feel it won’t appeal to the public. Stop trying to fit in by writing what you feel the world needs. Our needs are numerous and that’s the beauty of good books. Just make sure your storyline is good, and be passionate about it. Believe in your story and it will certainly be appealing to the majority you never knew.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jade George Anibor
Jade George Anibor (author) from Nigeria, Lagos Lekki Ajah. on June 24, 2020:
Lazeric Freeman on June 24, 2020:
LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on June 24, 2020:
Very nice article.
Jon Rose on April 14, 2019:
Thanks for the advice. I have not made any money from my writing; it's more passion projects that I feel like could eventually become something more. I have so many stories I want to write, and I worry that I will not be able to get them all done. I would love to be paid, but that's not my goal with my writing at this point in my life since I'm still young (20).
Jade George Anibor (author) from Nigeria, Lagos Lekki Ajah. on April 14, 2019:
Imran Khan. Writing an article in this site is so easy. Just follow the instructions and directions accordingly.
Then choose a topic you are friendly with and can express more on. Make sure you are not forcing out your words. Stay original, do not be someone else, or feel inferior. Its your article right? So feel free to write it. When you are done, go through it again and edit where necessary.
Jade George Anibor (author) from Nigeria, Lagos Lekki Ajah. on April 14, 2019:
John Rose. Thanks for opening up; that is the first step - recognising and accepting your challenge. Sometimes we choose to refer to this as writers block, because when you do not have the right lines we easily become distracted. If this is a writers block; then just give yourself time, go out, have fun, be adventurous, do research and discover things, your zeal will be back in no time.
Stay positive and believe in yourself.
Stay in the writers mood: be dedicated.
Avoid surroundings that do not inspire you.
And lastly, the aim of making money should not be the first thing on your mind when you write; because if its just to make money, you will tire out quickly.
Jon Rose on April 13, 2019:
I'm a writer, but I have ADD so I can become easily distracted/ be so distracted that I don't start writing when I have the time to do so. What tips do you have for staying/becoming focused and in the writing mindset?
Note: It's not impossible for me to get a writing project done I've written a novel before but I'm hoping to find a way to get them done quicker than my current pace. (about one 200 page novel every 3-5 months)
Jade George Anibor (author) from Nigeria, Lagos Lekki Ajah. on March 19, 2019:
IMRAN KHAN from PAKISTAN on February 26, 2019:
How to write article
Jade George Anibor (author) from Nigeria, Lagos Lekki Ajah. on February 24, 2019:
A must read for everyone.