Creative processes, including the process of creating a book, can hardly be reduced to the only correct scheme: "Do this, and everything will work out." Any mode of operation you choose will be ok if you enjoy it and move towards the goal. However, some reference points will help the novice author not go astray and not quit what he started because the idea has ceased to captivate, the plot has reached an impasse, and the creation is no longer attractive to anyone, including the creator. So where to start and how to end this exciting journey called "manuscript"?
1. Formulate the plan and plot.
The book's real purpose is not an abstract idea taken from a universal cauldron, but the author's problem, which meets his question to himself and the world. The plot is a story about people with whom certain events will occur. With the help of the plot, the author tells his plan. Throughout the book, the plan remains unchanged, while the plot develops according to the laws of storytelling, revealing the original idea at ever new levels. Here comes to the aid of Robert Mackey's book "Storinomics" (chapter "Full story").
2. Get to know the main character.
And also with supporting and episodic characters. We know the most about the main character: name, notable appearance, personality and temperament, fate (revealed in the plot), strengths, and weaknesses. The quantity of information depends on the role of this or that character in the novel. Occasional heroes serve to show the main character - the events of his life, ways of reaction to circumstances, essential qualities. And of course, all the characters should be introduced into the story for something - they must connect. Techniques that help to work out the figures: the "station" of Alexander Molchanov and the scheme of American scriptwriters "diamond hero."
3. Collect the "texture," that is, the necessary material.
Find out everything possible about the character's everyday, social, and cultural life within the framework of his era - not only in the case of a historical novel but in everyone else. Do not be afraid to immerse yourself in a professional environment with slang, technical features, and a specific way of thinking. Factological errors are unacceptable! Where to get information? At your disposal are the Internet, memoirs, photo and video archives, professional forums.
4. Write a synopsis and an arrowhead.
Some authors neglect this point and work as if they are knocking out a sculpture from stone, breaking off a piece from it, and ultimately not knowing an ending. It is is also the way, and it makes sense if you are sure that you will not run into the wall sooner or later. Detailed planning helps to avoid plot deadlocks, but it does not mean that you should not break boundaries. Even if you have a clear plan in hand, you can follow your hero into the dark. However, working out a synopsis and a headband allows, firstly, not to forget the main storyline if you postpone the work for a long time, and secondly - gives a feeling of support because nothing needs to be invented on the go. This is really important. Synopsis - a short (no more than 5,000 characters with spaces) retelling of the plot. In the future, it will be useful to you if you are going to send the manuscript to the publisher. Synopsis can be deployed - of unlimited volume and only for your use. The flipper provides a detailed description of the events of each chapter.
5. Start working with text.
Allocate for him as much time as you can afford, and do not feel remorse if it seems to you that this is not enough. Anxiety is the killer of inspiration. Even if you devote an hour or two a week to the book, let it be only your hour or two - and complete immersion in the text. In the writing environment, there is the concept of "flow state." Being in this state, you continue to write, even if you don't have anything at hand. Dialogues of heroes sound in the head; the surrounding space pushes new thoughts and ways of description. It is also part of the work on the text - do not miss it! Write everything that comes to mind in your phone notes, dictate phrases and images, even if they seem crazy to you, onto a voice recorder, get a notebook that is convenient to carry with you, so you don't forget anything. You may have to wake up in the middle of the night because you will see the answer to your question about the heroes in a dream. Urgent to the notes!
And edit again. The last point set is not the end, but a pause in work. Set aside the manuscript for several months and return to it with a fresh look, forgotten details. Pay attention to repetitions and literary stamps (all these young girls with sharp collarbones and deep blue eyes will not decorate your text with anything, but will make it averagely uninteresting), eliminate mistakes and typos, check the texture. If necessary, turn to a focus group - unbiased people who love books in your genre and immediately find inconsistencies and logical incidents that are hidden from the author's eye due to the fact that the author already knows absolutely everything about his characters.
7. Love your text and the state in which it immerses you.
Only a plot that hurts you and destroys you can do the same with others. Find your own pace and motivation, and everything will be fine!