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There are many reasons why you might want to write a Kindle book. Maybe you’ve got an idea for a novel, or you’ve been inspired by a current event to write about it. Perhaps you’ve got some compelling life stories that you want to share with the world. Or, you might just want to earn a few extra bucks from the thousands of people who use Amazon every day.
No matter what your reason is for wanting to write a Kindle book, you can use Amazon’s sophisticated tools to make it happen. In this guide we’ll discuss everything you need to know about how to write a bestselling Amazon Kindle book.
The Building Blocks Of A Book
Whether you have a completed manuscript or you’ve just begun writing, you’ll need to decide what kind of book you want to write before you can start to build it. Just like a real building, you can’t just throw up any old structure and call it a book. There are certain building blocks you need to have in place before you start laying foundations. These are:
The theme of your book will govern the entire content and tone of your writing. Themes can be pretty flexible things. You can have something quite serious, while also being completely light-hearted. The theme you choose will impact the kind of people who are likely to engage with your book. Once you’ve chosen a theme for the book, you can start to think about the narrative you’ll use to tell the story. This could be in the form of a journey, an encounter, a confession, etc. Your theme is the foundation upon which you’ll build your book. It will help you to decide what you should write about, and in what order to write it.
Your characters are the people you’ll play with in your book. It’s extremely unlikely that someone will buy your book if they don’t know who the characters are, or if they don’t care about the characters. You can have a very high concept book with completely generic characters, or you can add some extra fleshing to your characters by giving them complex, three-dimensional personalities. It’s a great idea to write generic characters at the beginning of your book, and then sprinkle in some personality traits as you go along. This way you’ll engage with your readers on a personal level and they’ll feel that you’ve genuinely got their interests at heart. The more you know about your characters, the easier it will be to write solid, engaging scenes. When you find yourself stuck for ideas, re-reading the chapters comprising your characters will often jog your memory with an idea or two. Having characters with different perspectives can also help your writing to flow more naturally. The world will also seem more real to you, and your readers, because you’re including more detail about it.
Your plot is what happens in your story. You don’t need to have a fully-formed plot before you start writing, but you should have a general idea of what is going on. Your plot will serve as the skeleton of your story, and you’ll need to flesh it out with each successive chapter. Think of your plot like a chain letter. One piece of information is passed on from one person to the next, creating a chain reaction of events. The more you know about your plot, the easier it will be to follow along and the more you’ll enjoy the writing process. When you reach the end of your plot and you find that you’ve forgotten something important, you’ll have to go back and fix it. Rewriting is a lot easier when you’ve already got everything in place, as opposed to trying to figure it out as you go along. Writing a book is a lot like baking a cake. You have to plan everything, and make sure that every ingredient is there, in the right place, at the right time. Plotting will help you to stay organized and ensure that you don’t get distracted by any new ideas that arise, or by external events that might occur during the course of your writing.
While your theme will govern the entire content and tone of your book, your backstory will set the scene for your story. Backstories provide context to your characters and the events that transpire. They are not required, but they can flesh out your characters and make your story more interesting. For instance, if your theme is romance, but your backstory is set in the Victorian era, you can incorporate a lot of interesting quirks and accents into your characters without feeling like you’re forced to. The more you know about your characters, the easier it will be to write engaging scenes, and the more you’ll enjoy the process. When you find that you’ve forgotten something important about your story, digging into your backstory will often jog your memory with key details that you’ve forgotten. In addition to this, having a solid backstory will also make it easier for you to find your characters’ motivations, and the reasons why they do what they do. Backstories should be concise, but also comprehensive enough to give the reader a good picture of where your characters are coming from, and what has led up to the present day.
Your introduction is what comes before the plot. It will give the reader a brief overview of the book, and set the tone for the entire piece. Your introduction should match the theme of your book, and be inviting enough to draw the reader in. A good introduction will engage the reader and make them want more. You can use a combination of the above to create a unique, one-of-a-kind introduction for your book. For example, if you’ve written an historical romance about the plight of female slaves in America during the Civil War era, you could start your book with a prologue set in London, in 1861. There you could meet the colorful characters who will come to play a significant part in your story. This way your readers will experience a fascinating insight into the Civil War era, while still being able to plunge straight into the heart of your story. Writing an introduction is a great way to flesh out your theme and plot, and to show how the events of your story will resonate with the reader. It’s also a great place to incorporate important details about the writing process, and where the story came from. As above, making a good, attention-grabbing introduction is easier when you know exactly what you’re trying to achieve.
Once you’ve got your story in order, it’s time to start executing it. There are many different ways of doing this, depending on what you prefer. You might choose to write a linear, straightforward narrative, or you could opt for something more creative, like non-fiction where you use interviews and observations to develop your argument. Whatever method you choose, make sure that you stick to it, and don’t deviate from the plan you’ve established. When you execute your plot, you’ll find that the easier it is to follow along, the more you’ll enjoy the writing process. The more you know about your characters and the story you’re telling, the easier it will be to develop an engaging plot that keeps the reader turning the pages. The execution will make or break your book. If you find that you’ve gone off course while writing your book, there’s no shame in returning to the original plan and redoing a few scenes. This is something that all writers go through from time to time, and it’s a part of the creative process. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to avoid rework.
Your conclusion is what comes at the end of your book. It brings everything together, and provides some form of closure to the story. It might be a summary of the key events that occurred, or it could simply be a reiteration of the theme you set forth in your introduction. This is usually the last part of your book, and it should match the tone of the rest of it. The conclusion should leave the reader feeling pleased, fulfilled, or maybe even a little bit sad. Whatever emotional reaction you want your reader to have, put that here. The conclusion will anchor the rest of your book, and set the stage for any subsequent, related work. Conclusions do not have to be lengthy, but they should leave the reader feeling that their time has been well-spent. Just like the beginning of a book, the ending should match the theme of your work, and leave the reader feeling inspired or satisfied.