Despite the fact that I have indeed written a whole book, I can’t entirely update this page because I’m sure that the professional part of being a writer, like the editing and publishing process, are quite important. And since I haven’t had my book professionally edited or published, I can’t really describe those important parts. However, I am prepared to supply some descriptions as to how to write a book, starting from that idea you get in your head, to when you first put it down on paper, to when you write the words “The End”. I hope that, guided by own writing experience, I can offer significant help to any who wish to write books.
So you want to write a book?
There are three requirements for writing a book:
If you don’t have these, then writing a book will be quite difficult. Imagination and creativity will give your book a sense of uniqueness that will attract a reader. Discipline, perhaps one of the most important requirements, will enable you to follow through with your ideas that come from your imagination and creativity. And time is important because writing takes time; it’s as simple as that.
Before sitting down at your computer to start writing a novel, ask yourself this question: Why am I doing this? If your idea isn’t creative enough, or at least good enough, will you be able to stay interested in what you’re writing (note: imagination/creativity also applies to you in this regard). If you really lack the motivation to stay disciplined, so that even if you have a good idea, you don’t really feel like working hard enough to turn it into a book, what’s the point of starting when you can’t finish? And if you don’t have very much time, because school, work, or your relationships won’t allow to you write, should you detach yourself from these important parts of your life?
It’s important to determine why you want to write a book. You might be writing for a number of reasons, but if you can’t meet the requirements listed above, consider not wasting your time. I’m only saying this because I want to be helpful. Writing is something that is mainly done for oneself and needs a lot of personal care and attention; if your life is in a state where you can’t commit to spending hours working on your own piece of literature, you probably shouldn’t commit. Writing could become your living, but for most people it is a hobby, and you shouldn’t choose a hobby over family members, your school, or the way you provide for your family or yourself. Also, if you write, don’t just write for yourself; write because you enjoy it, but use it as a tool to help others. What could be better than helping others by doing the thing you love? (See my post “The Power of Words”)
If you have decided that you have all three necessary requirements for beginning to write a book, then get ready to begin working on your masterpiece! You probably think you’ll be able to fly right into your book, don’t you? Well, unfortunately, writer’s block tends to hit aspiring authors within the first five to twenty pages. Most writers don’t get past this first writer’s block, and consequently they never finish what they begin. There are many ways to get over writer’s block, but I’m going to tell you how I overcome writer’s block when it hits.
Start writing your book knowing how it begins and how it ends, and then fill in everything between.
This might seem like a crazy idea. But most people know how their story will begin and how it will end. Most people concoct an exciting ending, or an emotionally satisfying one. I don’t know why, but everyone will daydream and plan out the final battle, the final goodbye, or the final kiss before they plan out what events precede these endings. A technique I applied when writing my book and defeating the initial writer’s block went like this:
When struggling with writer’s block or a boring (but necessary) part in your book, become really excited about a significant event that will happen in the near future in your book. Work towards this significant event with ardor, merely because you are excited to write it.
Once again, it might sound crazy, but it works. For example, there is a lot of traveling in “I Was Called”. Sometimes writing about the tediousness of the characters’ travels can be boring for me. So what do I do? I get really pumped up about some fight scene that’s going to occur in the next chapter, and I finish writing the boring-but-necessary parts just to get to the fight scene. Does that make sense?
In conclusion, having a beginning and an ending is very important. After developing these, you can fill in everything between. Also, the benefit of knowing how you’re going to end your book is that you can bend all of the events of the book to properly flow into the ending.
Here’s a final example:
You’re running a race. You know where the starting line is and you know where the finish line is. You really want to get to the finish line, so you’ll persevere through the tedious–sometimes agonizing–parts of the race just to get there.
Discipline is everything.