Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

In a business novel can characters read real books?

Can you write about real people in books?

Using real people in your fiction—whether they are correctly named or not—can be legally hazardous. If an author includes enough details that a specific fictional character is identifiable as an actual person, that person could possibly pursue legal action.

Can we use real life in fiction?

Using your life as a source for a fictional novel is a great way to turn your own stories into something new and resonant. Retelling and adapting true stories is a time-tested method that many great fiction writers use to produce iconic fictional stories.

What is difference between a novel and a book?

While a book is written on a specific subject without a fixed count for the minimum amount of words to be used, a novel is a book of a story or stories (in the case of the collection of short stories) written in not less than forty thousand words. Any book of stories short of that amount of words is not a novel.

Can you reference a character in a book?

For the sake of moving on, let’s assume that whatever character you want to use is protected by copyright. If all you want to do is make a brief reference to a famous book or character (perhaps your character is a Harry Potter fan), you’re probably okay.

How many pages does the book have to be to be considered a novel?

Novels are typically 250 to 350 pages; with about 200 to 300 words per page.

How long should novels be?

If you’re writing your first novel, the general rule of thumb for novel writing is a word count in the 80,000 to 100,000 range. While anything over 40,000 words can fall into the novel category, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. Anything over 110,000 words is considered too long for a fiction novel.

Can I mention a famous person in my book?

The good news is that celebrity names are not copyright protected, just used as a name. If the name is only used to describe the person, it is not covered.

Can I mention Disney in my book?

As a rule of thumb, you can mention trademarked items, have characters visit there etc – so long as you don’t say anything untrue or defamatory. To set an entire story in a Disney-owned trademark – probably not wise.

Is it okay to copy characters?

In fact, you should try to make your character unique. If you do that you don’t have to worry about copyright. As far as I understand, and I am not a lawyer, if you use a different name and alter the powers, you should just get on with writing and not worry about copying someone else.

How many pages is a 80000 word novel?

An 80,000 word non-fiction book works out to about 350 pages. Either way, even if you write only one page per day, you’ll have a completed manuscript in less than a year.

What is the average age to write a book?

On average, it took a writer 11.6 years to sell their first novel, a number that rose to more than fifteen years for authors without degrees who had never attended a workshop or a convention. With a preparation time that long, it’s no wonder that the average age of a debut novelist in the survey was 36.