How to Write a Book
Anyone with a story to tell can write a book, either for their own enjoyment or to publish for all to see and buy. If you find yourself permanently weaving creative narratives in your head, writing a book might be for you. Commencing may seem daunting at very first, but once you get began, it will be hard to stop. Read this wikiHow for some advice on writing a book.
Method One of Four:
Getting Commenced on Your Book Edit
Buy a notebook. Or several. While you may or may not wish to type your novel directly into a computer, it’s not always possible to be near one when inspiration strikes. Thus, it’s best to have good old-fashioned pencil and paper no matter where you are. Moreover, many writers swear by the connection from mind to arm to pen on paper, so at least give it a go before dismissing this as an option to aid your writing practice.
- A leather-bound or intense card notebook is the most sturdy and can take lots of manhandle in a backpack or briefcase, whereas a spiral-bound notebook, while not as sturdy, is effortless to keep open. Better still, should you determine the page you just wrote is utter garbage—it’s effortless to rip out!
Put your thinking cap on. Now that you have your notebook, it’s time to squash the traditional bugaboo of all writers: that empty very first page. Use those very first pages to write out ideas for stories. Once you feel you’ve written down enough ideas, read over them twice. Then, take your ideas to someone else to get feedback. Determine which idea to go with and make sure it doesn’t sound like anything recently published. Then, wait a few days, read over the idea again to be sure, and budge onto the next step
Create the overview of your story; including an outline, notes about characters (possible names, descriptions, “backstories” etc. ), places – all the little things that go into a larger story. There are several advantages to this overview treatment, including:
Set up a table or chart and write down all the characters that have a special meaning in the story. Use your notebook to write a lot about them.—Even create a backstory for a duo of them. This helps you visualize and think about them more and even learn about your own character more.
Create your outline. An outline will help you define the arc of your narrative—the beginning, development of plot and characters, the setting up of all the events leading to the big conflict or orgasm, and then the resolution and ending.
Edit without mercy. If you find your plot goes nowhere, and nothing you can do will help it—back up to where it last made sense, and attempt something else. Your story is not required to do anything you tell it to do in the outline. Sometimes, the story has other ideas where it wants to go. Wherever you are in the process, the muse may beckon you elsewhere. Go after her—this is part of the joy of writing.
Write out the name of each chapter for your book and determine what you’re going to put into it, that way you’ll always know where you’re going with the story. Writing about your characters at the begin, too, can be helpful down the road.
Know the elements of a good novel. If you want to be a successful writer, think twice about taking creative writing as a course in college (unless you’ve already done so); instead, take English Literature. You have to know how to read with discernment and a critical eye before you write anything. Sentence structure, character distinction, plot formation, and character personality development all fall into place if you know how to read critically before you write.
Write out your plot. This will give you a kicking off point to anchor your story. Nothing fancy, just a general idea of what goes on. Halfway through the book, look over the original plot you wrote down. It’ll be amazing how your perception of your book may have switched. You can switch your book to match the original plot or scrap the plot and go with what you’ve written. You could even integrate and mix the two––whatever you want. Recall this is your book.
Begin writing! This is the best part. If you’re having trouble kicking off, skip to the conflict of the story, and go from there. Once you feel convenient with your writing, you can add the setting. You’ll very likely switch explosions of things in the story, because the good thing about writing a book is you can let your imagination run wild. The only thing you have to recall is that you have to love the process, or your book will most likely end up in a cylindrical metal container flecked with deep brick-colored oxidation and peeling shards of turquoise spandex pigment (namely, a rusty old trash bin).
Reminisce that your notebook should only be used for planning! It is best to type up your story so you can create numerous copies of it, lightly eliminate mistakes, and pitch it to publishers.
Pick something you know, or want to know—about. Your nonfiction book could be information about a place where the reader might be vacationing, or information on a place in general. It could be about today’s society, or a contemporary or historical leader or person of interest. The only caveat for true non-fiction is that it be factual.
Research. As much as they may know, every accomplished has at least one fresh thing to learn! You can never know too much about a subject. If you are having trouble or reach a stumbling block, attempt these things:
Format your book. The books that don’t get published are the ones that are poorly organized. For example, don’t talk about good places to fish and good beaches in Europe in the same chapter. For more information, consult the Related wikiHows below.
Add copious descriptive details. No one wants to read a boring book! Good books are enriched with details and color.
Be persistent. A cabbie was stopped by a youthful man in Manhattan who asked, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice,” replied the cabbie. Practice makes ideal. Write constantly—whether it’s your story, or just a thought or an observation. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. It doesn’t have to be flawless, it doesn’t have to read how you want it to initially––what matters most is getting it out. There will be slew of time to review the approaches to writing taken later.
Keep asking questions of your motives, your story, and your characters. Everything and everyone in your novel should have a reason for being there—saying the leaves are green shows the readers it’s spring or summer. Telling the character had a three-day beard shows that he’s under duress of some sort (or he’s a Hollywood actor). Every character has a motivation for what they do, so ask “them” as you write. “Why are you about to get on that plane and leave him alone in Morocco?”
Take violates to get back some perspective. Writing improves with distance. On returning to it, you’ll often see what works and doesn’t work in your written chunk, whereas attempting to perceive this when you’re stuck in the middle of it is a lot stiffer. Set aside a chapter for a week and come back to it later, refreshed and with fresh eyes.
Find opinions other than your own. Let other people read your book’s manuscript. They can give you valuable feedback, and perhaps even help you as you proceed to write.
Ditch what doesn’t work. Unsurprisingly, there will be slew that doesn’t work. Don’t be afraid to delete characters, plots and anything else from your book if it isn’t working. Identically, don’t be afraid to add fresh elements and characters that seem to bridge gaps and give sense to what you’re writing. In the case of non-fiction, never be afraid to find more facts to back up your statements!
Recall that many authors fail at many drafts before they find an actual idea that’s good enough to stick with. Take Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy. She says in her blog that it took her at least 48 attempts to find an idea to stick with, and that was in college!
Write what you know. This old telling can either work for you or not. It’s good to not need to do a entire bunch of research before writing, but a little doesn’t hurt. Also, it’s a good exercise: Writing fresh things could help unearth an idea!
Keep at it. Attempt to make your mind churn out ideas all the time, so you never have an excuse not to write. You don’t need to fit EVERYTHING into your story, just enough to please the reader. If you get sick of writing, and just come to a stop, take a break and re-connect with the world outside, where you get some ideas from. Or attempt free-form writing-just write, no edits, no erasing “because it sounds bad” just write, write and write, – even if they are scattered scenes, rhymes, or two words.
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