Every writer wants to create a good novel, but not every writer knows the secret that may make the difference between an effective novel and a failure. The secret that every writer needs to know is that every novel is just a mystery. I know that may sound ridiculous in the beginning, especially when you’re writing a romance or a technology fiction novel. At their core, though, even westerns and horror stories are mysteries.
I’d like to explain what I mean. When I say that every novel is a secret, I am talking about that there’s something (a mystery) that the main นิยาย character must figure out throughout the story. In a murder mystery, this is pretty obvious. The key character must figure out who committed the murder. This search for the murderer then provides the framework around that your rest of the story is structured. In a romance, the protagonist might need to work out how to get the person she loves to fall deeply in love with her. In a technology fiction novel, the main character might need to work out how to get back home after his spaceship crashes on a strange planet. In all these cases, solving the mystery in the story provides the framework.
This mystery can’t just be a passing comment in the story. It must function as the bones of the story. Therefore, the initial step in writing your novel is to find out what mystery most of your character will probably solve.
First, answer these questions. What is my character’s main task throughout the story? What does he or she need to discover?
Next, give most of your character a seriously compelling reason behind completing their task. Let’s use our previous science fiction novel being an example. Our main character must work out how to get back home because he wants to witness the birth of his first child. Maybe he is carrying a vaccine that may cure an epidemic on his home planet. Maybe he only has three days of breathable air. Maybe he includes a message that must be brought to the president to be able to prevent war. The more dire the effects, the greater the story will be. The list of possibilities is endless.
You can see how important the phrase “because” is when you’re writing your novel’s statement. It can turn a good idea for a novel in to a great idea. Try by using this format for your novel’s mystery sentence: The key character must (write the problem here) because (write a compelling reason here).
You need to use this mystery statement within your marketing material when the novel is finished. It can appear in your press release and in your online advertising.
If you’ve already written a novel, check to see when you can write a secret statement. Or even, there’s a good chance your novel lacks focus. I’ve seen some pretty decent writers spend plenty of time writing very mediocre books which sold only a few copies simply because they ignored this simple secret.