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How Do I Write A Book?

  1. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    lol Don't worry. I'm not daft. I'm just wondering what the best way to go about writing a book is.

    I've been wanting to write a book for awhile. I have the story in my mind, but I need some advice on how to go about actually doing it.

    So... any advice for an aspiring author?

    1. jenniferoutwater profile image52
      jenniferoutwaterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations for wanting to write.. it's a great outlet!  I have written two books so far and am working on my third.  For me it is best to just start writing then after a page or two stop and look at what you've read.  I'm always amazed at what happens when I don't over think the process.  Just follow your gut and write about something that feels natural to you.  Editing can be handled on the back end, although let me suggest a few things that will help save time in the preparing your book for print.

      First think about what size book you wish to publish.  Hard back, soft back, 9 x 11, 6 x 8, ??? Then set your format before you start.  This will make the file easier to download to a publisher.  Also make sure to use proper page breaks at the end of each page.  If you can, set up an automatic spell check as you type and that will take some work off the editing.

      These are just really basic things but they help... Good luck with your project!

  2. dave272727 profile image61
    dave272727posted 8 years ago

    Start with a beginning, then as the words start to come keep writing.  When you reach a stopping point, read back over what you have written.  Re-organize your thoughts.  Pretty soon you will have a pretty good sized document.  You can either edit as you go, or wait until you get done.

    1. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
      Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So... just like writing a hub except longer. Cool, thanks smile

      1. dave272727 profile image61
        dave272727posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Basically the idea.  Take a look at Dohn121's I, Fraternity.  Or my Escaping the Hunger.  I am sure there are other examples on the site, but those are two off the top of my head.

  3. TheGlassSpider profile image71
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    I generally reserve editing for after a first draft. Let it all ooze out onto the page first, then worry about organizing and cleaning it up...Of course, I'm sure every writer has his or her own way of doing it. I just usually like to get into the grip of the writing...and don't want concerns about commas to the get in the way! lol

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    blatvaposted 8 years ago

    For me, It all starts with one word. Doesn't matter what the word is, or even what it means. Just.. If i can find that one word That inspires me somehow, I use it. And i title my story that word.

    From there, I just think about how that words means something, and How it will effect my characters...

    Maybe I'm a dork ^^  idk.  That's just me though

  5. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for everyone's advice. I've been trying to start writing a book, but I get frustrated too easily. I once wrote about 70 pages, but deleted them all because I got frustrated with my own writing style. I guess what they say is true, you are your own worst critic. lol

    Question about formatting: If I wanted my book to be in standard paperback style, what format would I use?

  6. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    There are programs you can download to help too. I have one which helps to organize it - page four - it's free but there are others too with a price tag. big_smile I want to write one too just not sure on what though tongue lol

  7. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    I'm downloading Page Four right now. Any help with organization is a great help to me. My inner ramblings now might make some sense lol

  8. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    I'm liking this Page Four thing already.

  9. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I'm not quite sure on how to fully use it but I thought it was a great program to have for writing smile

  10. Sa Toya profile image71
    Sa Toyaposted 8 years ago

    I'm writing a book as well right now...well not really I'm on hub a dub dub.

    It is frustrating.

    I find setting aside 2 hours everyday just for your book, that could be reading it over and writing.

    Try reading books in the same genre to have a general idea on how the wording works if that makes sense?

    Good Luck big_smile

  11. sudamaprasad profile image65
    sudamaprasadposted 8 years ago

    very nice

  12. jellydonut25 profile image60
    jellydonut25posted 8 years ago

    WRITE....A LOT...even when you don't know what to write on YOUR STORY...just WRITE something, anything, everything...get used to writing and the language you want to use. Writing is like a muscle, if you don't exercise it, it will get weak and will be harder to continue writing when an idea does eventually come

    other than that, set clear, well-defined, attainable GOALS for your story. say, 10,000 words per day or something like that, and keep TRACK of how you do, this will motivate you to spend more time writing when you have the time available because you'll want to make sure you're at or near your goals all the time!

  13. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I would also recommend making a map smile have a centre bubble then let your ideas offshoot from there wink helps to create a flow and organize your thoughts. Should look almost like a spider lol lol

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    My best advice is to get a journal, write out all of the important facts like setting, time period, characters names and what you want them to look like. Once you have all of this down, sit and reread what you had written, then get either a notebook or get on your Microsft Word and just write. let it all flow from your imagination and onto the screen or paper.

    And if you ever need any help, hit me up. always ready to help my fellow writers. smile

  15. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    Okay, so I need some opinions on a character's name now. I keep changing it lol

    The main character is going to start out as a normal teenage girl. Due to some bad luck, she winds up in a mental institution and you will follow her path to destruction in the book. Names I've been thinking: Calysta, Elizabeth, Lovina...

    Anyone like those names or have some suggestions of their own?

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      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      For names I have bought myself a baby name book. it's a great tool to have! has great names plus the meanings so if you want something specific there you go. smile

  16. Alessia Amnesia profile image56
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    Maybe Annaliese?

  17. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    Calysta is nice smile

  18. apricot profile image73
    apricotposted 8 years ago

    I can offer my humble advice - everyone has their own methods but this is what works for me.

    Once you've drawn up a plan for your story (nothing too rigid because it usually changes as soon as pen hits paper or your fingers hit the keyboard) you're left with one simple thing to do - write.  If you really want to write a book you've got to sit down and write every day - as if it were a job and it helps if you treat it as such - give yourself set hours and try to show up to work on time!  Even if some days you spend more time finding the right words than writing just don't move from your desk (except perhaps for the loo)smile - the key is to be disciplined.  Write every day and try to avoid going back and making corrections as you go along - only when (some weeks, maybe months later) you've typed 'the end' you'll be ready for the rewrite. 
    By then you'll have your first draft but before you go back and rewrite you should get a bit of distance - perhaps a month or so.  And then the process starts all over again...
    Hope that helps!

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    focus on just one page at a time and let it take you where it needs to go.  big_smile

  20. jellydonut25 profile image60
    jellydonut25posted 8 years ago

    I always just open up the phone book and pick a random name...

    unless of course i'm doing a setting-specific piece...like something down south, I doubt there'd be any "Shaunta"s or anything like that...

    a character of mine hails from Louisiana and is named Beau...

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      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Cool I have a cousin named Beau big_smile