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How to Begin Writing a Book

January 28th, 2011

book-writing.jpgWriting and publishing a successful book is the dream of many aspiring writers. To follow this dream, aspiring writers must choose topics that interest them and cover material they are familiar with. Readers will be able to tell if you do not know your subject, resulting in failure. To avoid this, writers must research their chosen topics well and write authoritatively. Some writers enter the realm of writing a book with the goal of publishing only one book. Getting started on that book is an important step towards becoming a published writer.

Choose your topic. Write about something you know. Whether you are writing non-fiction or fiction, it is important to write about something you are interested in or knowledgeable about. One of the biggest mistakes writers make is writing about something they do not know.

Research your book’s marketability. Many writers who have never been published do not think far enough ahead. They assume that their book will sell and sell well. Make sure there is a desire for books of the type and subject you are considering beyond your circle of family and friends. This can be done by Internet searches on your topic and checking already published books and their selling trends.

Ask yourself who will be interested in your book. This is your audience. The voice you choose to write in and the vocabulary level that you use should be determined by your audience. You would write differently for a first-grade storybook than you would for a biography meant for adults.

Establish yourself as an authority on the subject. The Internet is a great way to do this. Create a Web site about your subject. This step can also help you determine if your idea will sell books or not depending on the quantity and quality of your website traffic.

Create an outline for your book. This reminds you of where you are headed with your book and allows you to pick and choose what you write. Books do not need to be written in order. Write the parts you are more knowledgeable or excited about first to create momentum.

Write frequently. Writing a book can take a lot of time. Many writers get into a flow when they are working on a book on a regular basis. Even if you are too busy to write daily, set a goal for your writing. Dedicate time once or twice a week to complete a chapter at a time.

Write without worrying about editing. Once you are in the flow of writing, stopping to edit can disturb that flow. Wait until you have written the entire book before you go back through it all to edit and make changes.

Submit your first few chapters to publishers. Write a book proposal detailing your plans for the book to submit along with the chapters. This will give you an idea if publishers will be interested and if they are not, you can refocus your efforts. If you wait until the book is completed before submitting, you may find all of your efforts wasted. It is more difficult to find a publisher when you have not yet been published.


This article on the challenges of book writing was supplied by Kim Finnigan from Constant Content.

Related article: Pros and Cons of E-Book Publishing


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