Thinking of writing a book.

Discuss writing, including writing tips & tricks, writing philosophy, writer's block, etc. If you have grammar questions, marketing questions, or if you want feedback on a poem or short story you wrote, please use the corresponding forum below.
Featured Topic: How to Get Your Book Published
Forum rules
If you have spelling or grammar questions, please post them in the International Grammar section.

If you want feedback for poetry or short stories you have written, please post the poem or short story in either the Creative Original Works: Short Stories section or the Creative Original Works: Poetry section.

If you have a book that you want reviewed, click here to submit your book for review.
Post Reply
User avatar
edaurio
Posts: 1
Joined: 13 Feb 2018, 15:44
Bookshelf Size: 0

Thinking of writing a book.

Post by edaurio » 13 Feb 2018, 15:50

So basically I think my dad’s family has a really good story to write a book about but I don’t know how to go about it. I feel like one book is hard to fit all the crazy stories into. He has 11 siblings and each of them literally have lived a crazy life. So I don’t know... should I separate each character to their own book, or do they have their own chapters. Also I don’t know if it would be better from my point of view or theirs. I’m not exactly sure how I can go about this. I’m thinking of putting some stories up on here and getting some feedback, too. Maybe that would help.

User avatar
DustinPBrown
Posts: 176
Joined: 10 Oct 2017, 15:58
Currently Reading: God of War, Ares
Bookshelf Size: 312
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dustinpbrown.html
Latest Review: These Lies That Live Between Us by Kai Raine

Post by DustinPBrown » 16 Feb 2018, 04:31

It's hard to really give you a good recommendation based just on this, but have you considered doing a short story collection? You could do a story from each sibling's POV as they all grow up through the years. I think it'd end up being similar to giving one chapter to each of them. Difference being of course that if you think of each event as it's own story, then you'll have to come up with a beginning, middle, and end for all of them, whereas in a normal book you don't have to stress so much about a climax in each chapter.

User avatar
billaicher
Posts: 4
Joined: 25 Oct 2016, 14:59
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by billaicher » 28 Feb 2018, 22:56

I recommend the short story approach as well. If you tried including all those characters and each one's point of view in a story, it's going to get really complicated.

Also if these are going to be pretty true to life, you are going to want to get permission to write about these people.

User avatar
authorswrite
Posts: 15
Joined: 14 Mar 2018, 20:44
Currently Reading: From Hill Town to Strieby
Bookshelf Size: 12

Post by authorswrite » 15 Mar 2018, 19:23

Why not write short stories of each sibling? Then you can decide about a book. The short stories could be an impetus to help you settle this in your mind too.

User avatar
See_B00kReaDs
Posts: 132
Joined: 29 Jan 2018, 09:18
2018 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Favorite Book: The Bible
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 13
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-see-b00kreads.html
Latest Review: Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks by Morton E Tavel, MD

Post by See_B00kReaDs » 30 Mar 2018, 21:21

authorswrite wrote:
15 Mar 2018, 19:23
Why not write short stories of each sibling? Then you can decide about a book. The short stories could be an impetus to help you settle this in your mind too.
I agree in writing it as a short story first.
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
– Francis Chan


God bless you! :D

User avatar
Morgan Jones
Posts: 366
Joined: 16 Apr 2016, 12:24
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 10
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 94
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-morgan-jones.html
Latest Review: Secure Desire by RLDunnAuthor@gmail.com

Post by Morgan Jones » 12 Jun 2018, 02:55

When there are many characters I always use third person perspective. It helps to delve from one point of view to another without annoying the reader much. As for the 11 siblings, it depends on their story. Do you find their stories worthy of a whole novel? Interesting enough? If so, go for it. But, if you think some parts of their story interesting, you could add them all in one book like you said to prevent the reader from getting bored.
"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well." - Mark Haddon

User avatar
Sushan
Posts: 289
Joined: 04 May 2018, 19:13
2018 Reading Goal: 10
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 90
Currently Reading: Dodging Satan
Bookshelf Size: 80
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sushan.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 3 by H.M. Irwing
Location: Sri Lanka

Post by Sushan » 17 Jun 2018, 20:09

Just start writing how you encountered with each of them and then go on elaborating each character a bit further
:techie-studyingbrown: $u$han €kanayak€ :techie-studyingbrown:

Post Reply

Return to “Writing Discussion”