Have you ever contemplated writing a book? Most of us have, and yet only a few actually pluck up the courage to start writing. This is mostly due to the common misconception that writing and publishing a book is a challenging, time-consuming and expensive endeavor… but it doesn’t have to be.
Print or Ebook?
The first thing you need to consider is the type of book you’ll be publishing. Both print books and e-books have their advantages and disadvantages and you might need to consider different formatting, depending on the type you choose.
Select a Genre
Some people start writing with a clear idea and even an outline in mind, but if you’re not one of them, don’t despair. Think about the story you want to tell people – a romantic or mysterious tale, an action-filled horror or a self-help guide – and select the right genre for it. Spend some time, brainstorming idea and don’t run with the first thing that comes to mind. Polish your main themes, characters and ideas to ensure they are original and captivating.
Start With an Ending
Once you’ve done that, focus on framing the content of your book. Start with a clear idea where the story will end and think about character development. Each one of your characters should have a story of their own and should adapt to the circumstances, as your plot unravels. If you’re writing an instructional book, break down the chapters by subject or process to improve readability.
Create a Rough Draft
Create a rough draft and revise it, once you’re done. Polish it yourself and give it to a couple of friends, as well. Once you’re certain that your book is exactly how you want it to be, you can finally send your final manuscript to a publishing house or consider self-publishing. If you decide to go with the former option, it’d help to spend some time researching publishing houses and even researching authors with a similar book to note their publisher.
Lastly, it’s always a great idea to have a friend or colleague go over your manuscript, as this will allow you to get back feedback from the reader’s point of view and make any changes that you see fit.
You wanted to know how to write a book, well here’s how!