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How to Start Writing a Book: A Peek Inside One Writer’s Process

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K Rowling began with an idea that came to her on a train, an idea she refused to let go of. If you truly want to learn how to write a book — the best book you can — begin today with one easy action. Maybe do an exercise you find by clicking one of the links on this page. I am writing about a immortal character who lives around years and keeps journals of his life how far can I skip in time through out his. Can you use the confession of a thief, for example, as a way to answer some questions that the reader might have?

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The education from your wonderful site has made me a better writer and your words have inspired me to get back to work on my novel. I should definitely never write books and should probably just push papers for the rest of forever.

What I wanted to know was how to write well. How to structure my story. Not just the book, but a paragraph. I opened the first page of one of my favorite memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love.

Lucky for me, the first scene was about a kiss. Oh, but there are so many reasons why this would be a terrible idea.

To begin with, Giovanni is ten years younger than I am, and — like most Italian guys in their twenties — he still lives with his mother. I was sinking into the couch, surrounded by an array of other sweaty thirteen-year-olds, tugging at my shapeless T-shirt, praying someone would dare him to kiss me.

It was just getting dark outside, the floor-to-ceiling windows, curtain-less, making me feel like we were alone, tension rising, in a cave. A headspace where I could more easily capture tone and rhythm and sensation. A headspace I trusted to tell my story. For weeks I did this, religiously opening my favorite books and copying their structure. It they started with an action, i. Copying other writers only lasted a few minutes before I found myself mid-rampage, tearing through my story, able to tap into my own style.

At the beginning, I was using Evernote to create a new note for every memory. Every morning I would pick the memory that seemed most appealing and I would tell it as if I were writing a novel. After while though, my brain scattered. Where was the kiss story again? Unfortunately, Evernote sorts by the date you last edited a note, and it was getting messy. I did a bit of Googling and discovered Scrivener , a tool to help you organize not only your writing, but your notes and table of contents and research.

I downloaded their free trial and played around. Each Evernote file became a section in Scrivener, complete with a quick summary for each scene, so I could easily scan and organize. Dedicating the time and energy into writing every day is the only way to get your story on paper. So every morning before work, instead of walking the dog oops or reading a book, I work for a maximum of one hour on one story.

Sometimes a story takes me 20 minutes. Sometimes I find myself going for hours. That said, I took a memoir-writing class while working on one story in particular. I shared it with the class ,and after the critique I realized it worked both as a chapter in my memoir as well as a stand-alone personal essay.

So I took a break from working on the book and have spent almost two months perfecting this one essay. I hired an editor and have a big hairy dream of getting it published in the holy grail of personal essays, Modern Love. Have you written a book, especially a memoir?

Do you have any tips for me as I embark on this journey? Part of her heart belongs to the internet, too. New to the popular writing program? Get up to speed quickly and learn how to make the most of Scrivener with this course. It gives you a starting point and a framework.

I do this with my copywriting and it jump starts the process. Otherwise, I just continue to read about writing and not actually writing.

At least this way, you kick start the juices or some other mixed metaphor and usually something great happens and you get sucked in. I am writing my first book. I am 14 years old and i dont know how to start?.

Can i do a question? Or do i do a statement. Its a reality kind of book. And i hope it will turn out good if you can help here is my social media snapchat: Hey, im also writing a book. I feel that you can start with either; a question or a statement, whichever you think will grab the audience more. I hope that your book turns out good and you decide to publish it.

You will make an awesome book. Hey, I am also 12! I am doing a book for a lesson but I feel like I am actually writing it. If you want to follow me on Insta I am jasmynkerstenshp.

I am 13 and I also want to start a book. It started with a writing prompt from my english teacher and i ended up writing a sort of prologue for a book.

I want to call it After The Starfall and its going to be about a civilization underground after a natural disaster. Alexis that sounds like a great book! My book that I am working on is called Cat Quest. It is about cats of course.

I am only 11 though, so will people take ME seriously??? But I do have some personal concerns regarding my goal of writing a book and was wondering if you could be of any assistance? It says you are based on Germany. Will be so grateful for hearing from you! Have you ever written an e-book before? I am wanting to write my story and wondering if it can make any money that way.

Every novelist does it differently! First a few sentences that would never appear in the finished book about what the story had to say about human nature, then a paragraph-long synopsis of the plot, then some character sketches, then a chapter by chapter outline. I knew there would be changes as I went along, but it gave me a scaffold on which to structure my work. I probably spent weeks at the outline stage, getting up early before work and working through my lunch hour, before I finally wrote the first sentence of Chapter 1.

This essay tells what worked for Marian Schembari. You must find what will work for you! And the only way to do that is by sitting down every day and doing the work. This is great, Marian. My first attempt at writing was a memoir, back in Finally I gave up and devoted myself to other writing.

While writing I also read up on writing from a variety of sources. Then she sent me Stephen Kings, On Writing. I purchased other books on my own and read numerous articles online.

The task became amazingly easier when I realized that I should write the memoir in the manner of a novel or short story. Not entirely, of course, but it helped me to fashion the character of myself the protagonist. She had wanted to for years, though. This gave me two distinct main characters and two voices to speak from the past.

This process has worked quite well for me. I started mid and finished about three months ago. What I had been unable to do for 22 years became a reality in less than a year. Thanks for your advice, Marian. Hope you have success, which I believe you shall. This is something that I need to do jus for myself to heal. But I have been working on it for years it is time to write about iit so I can move forward.

This is a great post and full of information and ideas on writing a first book. Congratulations on getting started. There is no Right Way To Write. I currently have seven or eight finished manuscripts fiction and non fiction.

Some were written seat of the pants with no pre-planning. Some were heavily pre-planned. Some were sort of planned and sort of seat of the pants. LOL, sometimes I start at the beginning and sometimes I start in the middle. There is no rhyme or reason to the process. This is such an encouraging comment Carrie Lynn, thank you so much for sharing. What Stephen King says in his book, Anne Lamott says the opposite in hers and Elizabeth Gilbert says the opposite yet again.

Hi marian i had strt writting book bt plz can u tell me wht is the difference btween the novel story nd general book. Thanks Marian I am sorry that I do not have any advice to offer you instead I am actual learning from your advice. I have always wanted to write but held back thinking who would be interested my book I am not a famous person.

I did attend a few of budding writers workshops but that did not do anything to motivate me to actual write. Fortunately for me I have always kept journals for every phase of my life so I have material which can be translated into a book. I must say ever since I started blogging , that seem to be helping me to be disciplined to write a piece on a daily basis I now enjoy writing as I respond to daily prompts.

Thank you for your post which has given me a lot to think about and to try as I contemplate on a project of ever writing my owm memouir. So I say go for it! I have been thinking about writing for a while now. The older i get the more i feel compelled to just do it.

I honestly feel that everyone has to get a method to their own Creativity. Hi Rudo, did you finally write your book? Hi Nikki, I am very sorry for taking this long to answer your question.

It was heart warming to hear from a fellow Zimbabwean, I am still considering what to start with. The only problem is the current political unrest in Zimbabwe I am not even sure if there any opportunities for that kind of literature.

I am glad we are intouch, and hopeful we will keep intouch. This was an interesting piece and so helpful. I especially love the part about reading snippets of other writers to get going.

I thought I was the only one who did that! I also like the idea of planning and writing as a routine. Omg you do it too?! I thought I was the only one! I love how writers, even without resources or books, often find their way in the same direction. Thank you for sharing your process with us this morning, Mariam.

There are plenty of good ideas here. Thank you so much for the recommendation Kathi! I have found that to be exactly the case with the book I am writing now. The good news is that it is the hardest part. The words just fly see how I did that? Fasten your seatbelt Penguin Books. Yes, each of us has to find our own way, exploring and experimenting. I started out with Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, began daily writing for a half hour, then a JC course in creative writing thinking I wanted to be a nature writer.

Came out of the course a poet. Dabbled in that for years, continuing to read anything and everything about writing, nature writing and then memoir. Suddenly my ten year old inner child began writing her memoir.

Loving playing with that, and interestingly, the latest version is written as poetry. I continue my half hour daily writing and another memoir seems to be appearing on the pages. I would be lost without my writing! Keep up your explorations and experiments — but never forget to walk the dog my dogs and I are helping walk him for you now so you are off the hook on that one.

I love this Jan! Amy Poehler has a great quote about this very thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. Maybe it will turn into a novel.

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