How to Write a Book

Writing a book can be challenging as it is a long process filled with intricate checks and balances, but the end results can be something truly spectacular that can give you a sense of accomplishment as well debut you as a writer into the world of bestsellers. There are a million and one ways on how to write a book, but some of the most tried and true ones may be just your ticket to finally cracking down and writing that bestseller you’re been dreaming about for years. So below you’ll find 9 tips on how to write a book to get you on track to making your writing dreams come true.

  1. Get an Idea – This is one of the most important steps in writing a book because without a truly good idea taking the time to write a book may prove worthless. Book idea are a dime a dozen and oftentimes books will have the same old plotlines as too many others, but a good book idea is like a black pearl, rare and hard to find, but well worth the search for it. A book idea that is unique and well thought out will stand out from the pack and make your likelihood of success that much greater.
  2. Create a Book Outline – Creating an in-depth book outline can help you to get organized, know your book plotline from beginning to end and help you to work out any kinks before you write yourself into a corner. Creating a book outline can get your original book idea fleshed out and help you to understand exactly where you book is going, thereby helping you to get the book written that much quicker.
  3. Begin Writing – Once you’ve got your book outline done, start writing. Too help you keep on track and stay motivated, create a schedule of when you are going to write and how much your going to write and then stick to it. The best way to keep on track in writing a book is to treat it like a job by getting dressed, organizing your writing corner and sticking to your “working hours” like clockwork. If you treat it like a job where you can’t “call in sick” then you are more likely to get chapters hammered out quicker than if you just wrote the book whenever you had the time.
  4. Keep an ‘Ideas’ Folder Handy – As you start the writing process more ideas will come to you, but it may not be the right time to incorporate them into the book, so keep track of them as you go along to slip into the book when the time is right. This will allow you to keep your book fresh and organic, making the book feel more natural and flow correctly.
  5. Create a Rough Draft – Creating a book rough draft is the best way to get your book written, but still have wiggle room to fine tune it as you go through the editing process. With a rough draft you should have most of the plot written out and have nearly all of the scenes/chapters fleshed out save a few that may still need to be reworked if they are giving you trouble. By creating a rough draft you don’t have to worry about spelling, grammar, etc., all you have to worry about is getting the scenes and chapters written so that the book is a readable story.
  6. The Editing Process - Once the rough draft is complete then you want to go back and read through it and begin the editing process. This is when you need to check for any plotholes and any miss used characters, settings, names, etc. The editing process is there to make sure that your book is not only readable, but is a professional and enjoyable read that will allow the reader to feel as if they read a complete story from the first page to the last page. Many writers use the editing process to first check for plotholes and things similar to that and then once that is done they then go back and check for spelling/grammar errors after the story editing process is complete. Whichever way you chose to do it, by the end of the editing process your book should be free of any plotholes, missed appropriated content and spelling/grammar errors.
  7. Type Up the Final Draft – Making a separate final draft from the rough draft allows you to ensure a professional book that is free of any errors whether writing wise or grammar/spelling wise.
  8. Come Up with a Book Title – A book title is another one of the most important things in the book writing process because a good name will allow it to stand out from the crowd and a bad one will make it blend in or ensure that readers have no desire to read your book. A good book title should draw a reader in and spark their interest by its uniqueness and its relevance to the book’s plotline.
  9. Getting Your Book Published – There are a few ways of trying to get your book published such as finding an agent, submitting your book straight to publishers or trying to self-publish your book. There are pros and cons to each option, but the best may be to submit the book to publishers. Find publishers that are familiar with the book’s genre as submitting say a fantasy book to a true crime publisher is a sure way to get a rejection. However, whatever option you go with make sure that it is the right choice for you and all of the hard work you put into the book.


34 comments posted

Somebody please help me. struggling teen with multiple writer's blocks A DAY. what do i do???

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:13
Hey, you.

What are you doing?

You should be writing.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 04:17
I was wondering

I have been reading a lot of books and trying to figure something out. I love to write but I'm in what you might say a bit of a writers block. Anyway if there's any lovely books out there with a lot of inspiration to them or just a very interesting story with very interesting stories I'd love to know about them. Nothing particularly romantic though I'm trying to write something... I suppose you could relate it to Science Fiction. Anyway sorry for the trouble:)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/03/2015 - 02:14

Me and a friend are writing a book together. Two heads are better than one.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 20:13
correction please it right to

correction please it right to say my friend and I ...

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:46
Life experience - true story

I have five decades of moving around as a refugee. There are so many incidents that I feel excited about telling. What is the best topic and how do I start?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:02
best topic is to write about what made you to live as a refugee

a Refugee or a homeless traveler . most of the people don't know about the lives of refugee and yes most of them even don't even know the meaning of refugee. Introducing the world with a refugee life and your thinking about the world will make the world think about peace and human rights. But if you can write about the cause of your condition and those who destroyed your cities than it would be a plus point.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 19:39
Just start writing. I know

Just start writing. I know this seems basic and easy said...but trust me, it's just that easy. Just write. I am a published author and that was the best advice given to me.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:47

Always start at the beginning. It may not be the chron ologoical beginning. Where the meaning of your experiences and feelings about them are seated. This is where you begin. Then lead the reader through your narrative to the place where you are today, as though you have brought them alongside you as you continue on your journey.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 08:38

i have written a story book but i did not know how to do day, i know i will be like wole soyinka and chinua achebe.i need a publisher and a reply

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:39

So I'm only still a teen with little to no experience for looking for publishers. I have no idea where to look for one. Can someone please so kindly point me in the right direction?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:07
Yeah dude!

I is like totally gonnna right a book! I is goona be the next Earnie Hemmingway!

Peace out.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:06
thank you this is so very helpful

this is going to help me right a book better:)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:42
Awesome tip

its gonna be a great help to gonna follow the so inspired mostly by prof.Wole Soyinka and late Chinua Achebe writting...i know am going to be a great writter someday...Thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:00
Great tips

I really want to write a book but I can never keep with an idea even if it's a good one. Anyone have any idea what to do?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:51

just let all ideas flow.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:32
A really helpful tip

You need to find an Idea that you love. You may have an idea that is good, but not truly love it. Find a story that is clawing at the back of your mind desperate to be told by you.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:54
So very helpful :)

So I'm writing a book, and this helped a lot!

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:10
The first point is only half right

I have discovered that coming up with a new idea has its downsides. Many stories are hardly ever fully unique, and the stories that are aren't necessarily successful because of it. Every story ever written or told can be broken down into two basic categories; either someone goes on a journey or someone new arrives (or leaves).
What I'm trying to say is this: It's not the idea that makes a book, it's how you tell your idea that makes your work truly a piece of art.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 04:20
this is helpful

this is helpful

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:24
Sagging in the Middle

My novel gets off to a great start, and I have a strong ending in mind, but the middle just doesn't want to cooperate... Any tips? How do I complicate the storyline enough to give me something to write about, without losing the tension? Help, it's sagging in the middle like a fallen corn souffle!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:46
This will help...Hopefuly

Think about the character and his/her weaknesses. If you have a strong ending think how the journey to the end of the book mad the character stronger may it be physically, or mentally. Also try not to make the plot too predictable.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:01
Thank you!

What a great find! I needed some inspiration, and this post did it for me. Ideas are what I'm not short of; it's getting all of those ideas into stories--and I have always hated creating outlines. :) I guess I just found one of my root causes for never completing a book.

Well, I guess it's time to put my outlining skills into good use. I didn't enjoy it in college, but maybe I will now. It's probably far better than pulling my hair out.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:31

Thanks for the tips!!! This really helped a lot and I'm sure to use it while I'm writing my book. :)
I love writing and I love putting the stories together, which is why I'm working on a book at the moment.

That's a great start The Lost Girl. :) Keep at it!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 16:26
Nice one...

I have the talent, and I know I can become something with it. I'll definitely do something,I have been inspired with the lives of Late Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and many other great writers. I believe I can,Yes,I can... .

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:28
The Lost Girl

Once Upon a time there was a 13 year old girl that was very afraid to talk to her parents about ANYTHING , she doesn't know why . She Lived HER WHOLE LIFE not telling her mom about anything, but wanted to so dearly . She Loves her mom so much but never told her , but wants to so bad .

Hows That Start ?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 16:34
Reply to Lost Girl

It doesn't sound awesome. You gonna wow us. Someone will help you.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 00:41
Reply for lost girl

I learned tht once upon a time is not really a good start. Start with some action like well time to go back home. Then , what happened today honey? Then she says ll nothing ll
I know how to write so that will help
Or i can be your publisher! :)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:21
The lost girl tips

Use some more interesting vocabulary words like desperate, willing, lenient and more! Use a thesaurus to help you

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:17
Great start!

That's a great start. Try, while you are refining it, to be a little less repetitive. Replace the repitition with more detail on the girl's thoughts and her parent's responses to her silence. Put lots of descriptive words and phrases in there such as "she felt trapped by her silence" or something like that. I see a lot of potential in it!

Don't take my constructive critisism as insults to your writing. I used to HATE writing. It was only when I got older that I started to have fun with it. I still seem to never finish my best books. That's a real problem for me! I'm really trying on the one I'm on now, though. Do not give up like I have in the past. Push on! Don't let something bring your writing to a screeching halt and never start back up again.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 03:51
Great tips. I will sure try.

Great tips. I will sure try.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 20:15
Uhmm IDidn't Read .

I'm Going To Write A Book , Just For The Fun Of It .

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 16:30

im gonna write a book !!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 06:15
This has been so helpful. so

This has been so helpful. so very helpful.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 03:51

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