Monday, August 23, 2010

How Do I Write a Book? Easy Guidelines to Write a Book by Donna Monday

Writing a book of your own isn't as difficult as it seems as long as you get yourself organized at the beginning. Contrary to the myth, writers don't just sit down, look at a blank page and suddenly have this great flood of inspired writing come magically out of thin air. The reality is, there's quite a bit of background preparation to be done before the first sentence is written.

So, you want to know: How do I write a book?

Here are some guidelines to write a book:

Guideline #1: Have a Clear Idea of What You Want to Write

The first thing you need to think about is what type of book are you going to be writing?

Is it a fiction or non-fiction book?

These are two completely different types of book styles that require preplanning and preparation. If you're writing a fiction book, then you want to choose a genre for your story: drama, mystery, fantasy, horror, action adventure, romance, etc.

If you are writing a non-fiction book, then you want to know which niche your book falls under: cooking, business, self-help, memoir, etc.

Each type of book will require various types of research, note taking and coming up with ideas for chapters and content.

Guideline #2: Create an Outline

Now that you know what you're going to be writing about, you need to create an outline that will serve as your blueprint during the writing process. If you're thinking of skipping this part, I can tell you that it's not a good idea. It's very difficult to try writing a book from nothing but bits and pieces that come up in your mind.

Writing a book this way, won't be very organized and may have major problems with plot or natural flow of information. So, commit to writing your outline. Yes, this will take some work to do, but it's going to be well worth the time and effort.

Guideline #3: Think Up a Good Title

Every book needs a title and you'll need a good one for your book. Non-fiction book titles should contain the major benefit that your book will provide the reader. In this case, your book's title will serve as a mini billboard for the type of information you're giving someone.

Fiction book titles can be pretty much anything. However, it should try and capture the essence of your story in some way.

Guideline #4: Set Aside Time to Write

When you begin writing your book, you should devote from 1 - 4 hours at a time to doing nothing but that. There shouldn't be any interruptions or distractions. Writing takes a tremendous amount of concentration. Let family and friends know that you can't be disturbed when working on your book.

If you schedule your writing time on a regular basis, you'll find that this discipline will help you to get the writing done faster, than randomly working on it whenever you're in the mood.

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