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How to Write a Book

Updated on November 30, 2014

Write, Publish and Sell a Book

You can become a published author, but it may take time to learn the skills you require. This lens will help take you some distance along that path.

Everyone has a book inside them, at least one. Many can write about any subject at any time. They are the real writers. Many, however, want to write but have a reluctance to expose themselves in this manner. It is a case of opening your most secret passions, emotions, thoughts, and knowledge to the rest of the world. But they are the same characteristics that people respond to so the more open you are the better a writer you will become.

This lensography details some lenses on helping you to write and then to do it better. There is not a heap of lenses here because there does not need to be. Just a few good pointers will get you there and that's the aim

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Reading, Writing and Expression Go Together

Do You Read?

The brain is adapted to reading, writing and solving problems. It has evolved to do that and we can utililise its abilities to better ourselves or let it go to pot. But its not that simple. The brain wants to learn, so if we ignore the brain we suffer the consequences. That's why children need to be trained from a young age to read and write, otherwise they may never adapt to it.

We have all heard the adage "use it or lose it". The more we use the brain and exercise its abilities the more we open the channels and ward off their closure, as in Alzheimer Disease and senile dementia. That doesn't imply that we are all geniuses if we learn young. But what it does do is enable us to take on any job or interest that comes our way.

Just about everyone can and does read in Western educated societies. But even here many struggle to put words to paper, even when writing a simple letter. They start and stop. Throw it away. Start again. The first line seems to matter more to them than the message they are going to send. Why do you think that is?

The Importance of Reading

Reading and Writing Go Hand in Hand

By reading you learn how stories are put together. You understand how, when. where, why and who and the importance of these 5 things. If you read a story without these 5 ingredients it won't make much sense to you.

How much you read is variable. Some absorb the newspaper on a daily basis and cannot get through their day if they don't do so. Others turn to books or magazines to get a fix on the world. Sometimes people just want crosswords and puzzles which all newspapers generally include.

Newspapers are Tailored to Their Audience

Just as books are

Newspapers try to cover the interests of their readers from several directions. They look to social and human interest stories for the most part but may also include news for hobbyists, fashion followers, celebrity goings on, and so on. So no matter your age group, job, main interests, or other, you are able to get something from the tabloids.

That variety keeps people coming back and magazines are specialists in this area as the returning customer is its bread and butter. Serials are a great way to ensure that no one misses the next episode but sensationalism is also a great selling point.

But with all that print material out there it is writers that are in high demand. People are needed who can write short stories, report on events, compile children's books, author a great fiction story or present the world with facts about something else. It's all there to do for the one game enough, talented enough and willing enough to put pen to paper and do it.

Children are in need of heaps of reading material and teachers are always reading to their class from books, magazines and other things.

But where does all this reading matter come from? Well, from people like you who have a story to tell. You don't have to be a writer of classics but of simple short stories, children's book, magazine articles, interesting fiction and non fiction books, and articles on just about everything else.

Whatever your skill in life you should and can write about it.

Not Everyone Writes Stories

Composers can also write

Once you start and get a success or two behind you it is time to look at developing your skills and writing better. Become a wordsmith. but it won't happen overnight.

You might not write stories at all but might be a composer of music or something else.

Writing is Also a Great Hobby

Not all writers do it for money. Many write for their own enjoyment. I do that to a certain extent by writing lenses that others get something out of without paying me anything, just like this lens.

Sharing things is part of good writing because you build up friendships and can turn your talents to other things as well, such as marketing online. To be a good marketer is very much about being able to get messages across and putting them out there.

Don't Go Overboard

Or you might lose your audience

Don't exaggerate and try to make more of an incident than is necessary. You have heard that "less is more". Well that is so true and if you put more in then you are waffling and no one likes waffle. Stop beating around the bush.

My writings are always straight to the point. Don't pull punches. If you have something to say then say it in the simplest possible way and let the reader deal with it.

Are You Encouraged to Write? - Or do you handicap yourself with negatives?

Do you want to write?



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    • Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like it :)

    • phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      I enjoy it and do it often, but time is always the limiting factor.

    • David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I write seven days a week and publish online and in print. It's a groove thing.

    • Arquinn 6 years ago

      I've always loved tobut it seems that ideas don't come along with the writing skill.

      There are people who writes well but are not creative enough, there are people who creates good stories in their imagination but is not able to write it and express it effectively, while there are others who can do both

      I wish I have both :D

    • FrederickWebPromotions 6 years ago

      I write for a living, sales copy makes the world go round! I'm a professional blogger

    • Philippians468 6 years ago

      yes i do!

    • MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      Yes, I love writing I just need to get published! :)

    • DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      Yes. I love to write

    • rwoman 6 years ago

      Yes, but I have decades of experience as a writer and writing teacher so I know to give myself a kick in the behind when necessary. I used to work as a reporter and still frequently write on a deadline. Don't have the luxury of giving in to "writer's block"

    • ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I have published one book and am considering another. The writing is fun, but publishing is work. I may publish another but not for awhile.

    • SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

      It's important that I keep things to the point. I tend to go overboard, with too much info. So, I'll stop here!


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      New VidTips on Book Writing

      Would you research a subject and write about it? - Or are you only interested in writing about what you know?

      Many authors look around for stories in their community and then research the facts before putting pen to paper. This often results in a grand tale with some historical background that may be focused on an incident occurred in the past. Many have written about the London knife killer, Jack the Ripper. Other write astounding fictional accounts of soldiers on the battle fields, and so on.

      So what would you write about.

      Would your story be based on research?

      yes - definitely need to have the facts right

      yes - definitely need to have the facts right

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        • David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

          Who knows enough without research to write a lot? Not me. And besides, the great discoveries of research and the people you meet are rewards in themselves.

        • DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

          Yup! Research memories in my mind! Memoir is my chosen genre but does involve a bit of research!

        • MoonandMagic 6 years ago

          I write a lot of fantasy but I love incorporating some history or mythology in there somewhere. I have recently been researching the moon Titan for a sci-fi story! I love research!

        No - just my imagination

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          • Arquinn 6 years ago

            One of my stories should be based on a little research because the setting is the 17th century england

            However, most of the stories created by my imagination does not require much research because they are mostly fictional :D

          Research Helps You To Write

          Remember the question at the top of the age in the introduction. Why do people struggle to begin even a letter? This video answers that.

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              Takkhis 4 years ago

              It is a very informative lens! I do want to write a book someday :)

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              Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

              I've been quite pleased with my self-publishing efforts using Blurb (print-on-demand). So far, I've edited books with my parents' memories and one with my sister's poetry. I'm encouraging everyone to write about their childhood and family memories and turn them into a book.

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              David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

              Nice work here. Should be a lot of help to newcomers, especially. Blessed. Thanks.

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              DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

              Thank you for the feature of my lens "What is Memoir?" Great resources for writers.

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              Arquinn 6 years ago

              Very well done :-)

              This lens will add up to my inspiration :-)

              Btw, thanks for reaturing my lens here :D

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              FrederickWebPromotions 6 years ago

              Not only is this lens interesting and what I was looking for (I need to trademark a book title BEFORE I write any of it) BUT... how did you manage to get this lens redirected from the FB page? kudos to your social media marketing combined with astute SEO/ webmastering! was it a 301 redirect? That was impressive!!!

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              MoonandMagic 6 years ago

              Reading while writing is an excellent way to review your work, I always find new ways to structure and hints about how to keep long stories consitent. I love reading about different worlds and seeing how the author has brought their vision to life. This is a lovely lens and has really inspired me to get back to my stories!! Thank you

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              DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

              I agree the more your read the better a writer you can become

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              ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

              What great advice!

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              GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

              Wow!A lot of great helpful tips you have here!! Thank you so much for taking your time and writing this wonderful lens! God bless you!

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              ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

              I published My Mother's Shoes two years ago. I finally talked my publisher into re-editing it. It should be back on the market soon. I'd like to publish another one...

              Thanks for sharing


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              vanidiana24 7 years ago

              Encouraging me to write books again, thanks!

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              hNizam 7 years ago

              Great information..I give 5 stars for your lens..It means so powerful..

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              SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

              Good writing notes for us! I like your use of the various media.

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              bbudoyono lm 7 years ago

              I really admire your writing skill. Thank you very much for this great lens.

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              semas 7 years ago

              Well crafted lens.5* So much to learn from.I am working on my writing skills as I create lenses and blog posts.

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              emmaklarkins 7 years ago

              Great lens! Lensrolled to my lenses on Writer's Associations and Novel Writing Months!

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              hairgrowthremedies 7 years ago

              I also have lenses on writing, and I really could relate with your lens. A fabulous lens you have, and I will rate it a 5.

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              Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

              Great tips on writing! I love to read and I'm glad to read here that reading definitely relates to writing. So I'll keep doing both!