How Do You Write a Book

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How do I write a book? It's the question that many beginning writers grapple with. Often you start, but you quickly run out of inspiration. Or the story gets bogged down in tedious twists of thoughts instead of powerful page turners.

The tip we give to any budding writer: Break up the task and work in steps. We have listed those steps for you.

Step 1: Write, write, write

You have been longing to write a book for a while.

You imagine that it must be wonderful: at least one day a week you look for a pleasant place to write nicely. Away from work and from home. Surrender completely to writing. You may even have already written something. And you want to finish that, to eventually print your own book.

But in practice... you hardly have time. There is always something more important.

To be able to write a book you'll have to block time. Grab your diary and book an hour every day, half a day every week, a day every weekend... as much time as your diary allows. But realize that you'll have to leave things to it.

It's important that you get the writing flow started. And that only works by writing regularly. Quality comes from quantity. You develop quality while writing and rewriting.

Unsubscribe? That's how you do that:

- Take a nice notebook and a pen that writes nicely.
- Set an alarm for twenty minutes.
- Put your pen on the first line and start writing.
- Write down everything that comes to mind. Wrong thoughts. Bad construction of the sentences. Wrong spelling. False thoughts. Protest against this exercise.
- Write them down. Don't cross out anything. Anything goes, as long as you keep your pen moving.
- Practicing this loose writing regularly will give you more confidence in what logs into your mind. You will listen better to all kinds of ideas.

Step 2: Come up with a storyline

What's before? Thinking up a storyline or discovering in writing what your story should be about?

There is no unequivocal answer to this. As a writer you often have a preference for one of the two methods when you make a book yourself.

The emotional writer preferably starts by writing a first scene. As he writes, he finds out what his story should be about. The ideas for his storyline arise more or less playfully.

The schematic writer prefers to work from an idea. He first works out a storyline, makes schematics, thinks up the main points that his story is about and only when he knows where the story is going does he start writing.

The storyline is the sequence of events that a character goes through on the way to a solution or to a question, a problem or a loss.

Step 3: Do your research

Where do you get the information that you include in your book?

In general, it's advisable to stay close to your own experience. Especially as a starting writer.

But an unknown world can fascinate or appeal to you so much that you've to write about it. In that case, you'll have to consult the knowledge and experiences of others.

Where can you find that information?

You map this out by answering the following questions:

- Which experiences belong to the experiential world you want to write about? *
- Which of those experiences have you had yourself?
- Which are still strange to you?
- Is there an experience that you could look up in real life?
- What do you've to do for that?

The answers to these questions will help you take the next step.

Step 4: The right perspective

Your choice for the perspective of your story is closely related to the story you want to tell. Often you choose the right perspective in a natural way. You probably know from which character and with which point of view you'll tell the story.

Many chapters in writing manuals have been written about the technical aspects of perspective. However, what is most important here is that you as an author must be able to empathize with your protagonist. To really know and understand them. That makes your book credible.

The perspective you choose influences the person form in which you write, but does not determine it exclusively. You can write your story from the main character in both the first person and third person.

"Best advice I've ever received: Finish."

Step 5: Apply structure

In the entire writing process you are, consciously or unconsciously, concerned with the sequence of the fragments and thus with the structure of your book.

Logically, structure and time are closely intertwined in a story.

You can choose to tell the story chronologically. In that case it's important that your whole story is written in the same grammatical time.

However, you can also go back and forth in time. For example, start at the end and then jump into the past. If you choose to do so, study grammatical tenses thoroughly and apply them correctly.

In this step you're also going to give your reader a helping hand. You will distribute the text correctly on the pages through a logical chapter layout, clear headings, blank lines, paragraphs and new pages.

Step 6: Rewrite and prepare for editing

Most books are only created during the rewriting process.

Your book keeps growing and changing as you contemplate it sentence by sentence over and over again. You work from small to large.

In the initial phase of rewriting you often come across new substantive discoveries. As you've worked through your text more often, you'll notice that the changes become smaller and more detailed.

Write without fear. Edit without mercy. '

Tip to start writing your book

The best tip we can give you is to just start writing.

Because you shouldn't fantasize about books, you just write them.

Do you find it difficult or would you like some guidance along the way? Then we definitely recommend our writing course. As a writer in development, you'll find 12 modules here that will help you write.

What are you waiting for?

Your book is ready to be written!


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