How To Start Writing A Book

August 1, 2011

in Book Writing

They say that the hardest thing about writing a book is getting started, yet they also say not to think about it too much and instead to just to do it! Sounds easier said than done, right? Indeed, however, there are a couple of essential things you need to do to make sure you don’t end up lost in a maze of thoughts, or worse, with complete writer’s block.

Compile a Concise Summary

Often a person sets out to write a book and ends up with their thoughts being pulled in too many directions. This tends to dilute the essence of the book and the core purpose/story becomes weak and the content begins to lack substance. So, before you sit down and start writing, write a summary of your book. Detail exactly what the purpose of the book is, and exactly what the reader should experience and end up feeling as a result of the book.

Ask yourself these questions to get started:

  • What is the purpose of the book?
  • What should the reader learn from the book?
  • What form will the book take (novel, autobiographical, reference, etc)?

The idea of this summary is to create a concise clarification of the purpose of the book that can be referred back to should you lose your way when writing. This summary will remind you of your initial intentions and put you back on track. IT will also help you combat writer’s block.

Brainstorming and Chapter Mapping

The second essential thing to do is to map out each chapter. The way to start doing this is to brainstorm ideas on paper. Write down words and phrases that best describe your book. From this you will form topics, and from the topics you can start to build a skeleton of the book’s chapters. Of course, these chapter titles are subject to change and elaboration, but this template, along with your summary, will help you secure the direction and confidence to start writing.

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Madness Mary January 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This is really helpful! Thanks for the information, because I’m not the best writer and I don’t know how to begin with my book.

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