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.

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6 thoughts on “How to Write a Book”

  1. I would recommend The Grace Year by Kim Liggett or Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge which are both very artistic and a although a bit romantic, they use beautiful language and definitely helped my mind open up to thinking and overcoming writers block.

  2. Lots of good free advice online. I subscribe to the NY Book Editors and you can get wonderful articles about all kinds of writing issues for free. Also the web sites for magazines like Writers Digest and The Writer offer good advice.

  3. 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:)

    1. Julia Cameron wrote a terrific book to help people get out of their writers block. She is a teacher to those who have dreams but cannot access them because of parental comments, upbringing environments, lies told in society that we think are true, etc…
      The book is called The Artist’s Way.

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