This is How to Write a Book
By Ruth Barringham
Every writer, at one time or another, thinks about writing a book, even if it was never their intention in the first place. And you want to write a book too. How do I know? Because otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.
The biggest problem is that writing a book can seem a huge project, making it hard to know where to start. So here’s some advice that might help. This is where you start.
Idea. Every piece of writing starts with an idea. It doesn’t have to be a huge idea because you can flesh it out into a full manuscript, whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. Just the smallest germ of an idea is all you need to get started. Then you work it around and let your creative mind expand it in ways you may not have imagined at first. Messing around with ideas is fun. For instance, you might decide to write a book about parenting. But what will you write exactly? Maybe you’ll write about what you need to buy before having your first baby. Maybe it could be called, The Minimalist Guide to Preparing for Your First Child: Don’t Waste Money On Things You Won’t Need. See how easy that was to go from a general subject like parenting to the tighter niche of frugal first baby for parents on a budget?
Outline. Next you list each topic or chapter. This doesn’t have to be much. Just a few words or so, as long as you understand it. If they’re not already, put them in a logical order.
You then expand each topic/chapter into 10 or more items (or scenes, if you’re writing fiction) you want to cover.
Blueprint. The final thing you need to do is to turn your outline into a blueprint. This is easy to do because you already have most of your information but you need to expand it into a blueprint so that you don’t forget any key points, plots or subplots. So you work through one chapter at a time with the 10 items you want to cover, and write each one more specifically, or write 3 points you want to cover for each of the 10 items. So in the frugal baby book, one of the chapters might be on diapers, and one of the 10 items might be on disposable diapers, and the 3 points you want to make about them are, convenience, landfill, and cost. You can, if you want to, write a few notes about what you want to say about each of those 3 points too, just to make sure you don’t forget something later.
Once you’ve finished expanding each of the 10 items in every chapter, that’s it.
You’re now ready to start writing your book. So if your book is going to have 10 chapters, and you’ve got 10 items for each chapter, plus at least 3 points to cover for each item, then you’ll have an easy to follow blueprint that contains 300 points to cover so all you have to do is work your way through them, writing them out in full.
And that’s it. Your book is done.
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