How Can I Write A Book

How can I write a book? There are easy ways to spark your writing and continue it until you have a book completed to your satisfaction.

Before beginning to write a book you can prepare by following these tips:

1. Write in a genre that you like. If it is enjoyable, you will be more likely to put more time and effort into working steadily and finishing it.

2. Determine the reason you are writing and work toward that goal. If you want to become a best selling novelist then you need to produce material that is well accepted and will sell easily. If you are writing for your own pleasure and money is no concern, then this will not be most prevalent.

3. Gather your ideas, research, and clippings in a notebook or binder so they are all readily accessible when you begin writing.

4. Research your material. Even if you are writing fiction, you want to understand how to make your characters believable. If non-fiction is your chosen path, you must present documented resources for your facts and opinions of others.

5. Read articles from other writers about publishing books. Information from the experienced is often very helpful.

6. If you plan to have your book published, it is a good idea to research the different types of publication, whether you need an agent, and the cost you will have to pay up front to make this a reality.

7. Make time to write. 15 minutes per day should produce one page. If you wrote daily for 6 months, you would have approximately 180 pages. One hour per day could increase that to over 720 pages, which may be longer than necessary.

8. Work during your "free time." You have more of it than you think. Carry a tape recorder or small notepad and take notes while in line at the grocery store or in a doctor's waiting room. If you use the tape recorder method, you could talk while you are driving, sitting in traffic or stopped at a red light as long as you also concentrate on the road.

9. Join a local writer's group or one on the Internet for support. You will have someone to turn to for encouragement, sympathy, or help.

10. Reread what you have written and make changes often. Don't be afraid to go in a whole different direction than you originally intended. Often change is good.

11. Do not use any previously published material without written permission. Plagiarism is against the law.

12. Do not use anyone's likeness or quotes without their written permission.

13. Do not pressure yourself with a strict deadline if you cannot adhere to it. The goal is to produce good material, not bad material written quickly.

14. Check the finished manuscript for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation before submitting it. Consider hiring an editor to proofread and suggest any changes that need to be made.

15. Brace yourself for rejection from agents and publishers. Only a small number of books written each year actually get published by vested publishing houses. But with today's advances in the Internet, you can produce your own copies for a small amount of money. It would be your responsibility to advertise and arrange payment methods and shipping.

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