Write a book… Why not ?

Shelf of books that could have been written by you.

Writing a book can be rewarding and fun.

How do I write a book?

You need a good idea, lots of imagination, and a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper.

  • Question: Will people read my book?
  • Answer: Yes, if you make it interesting enough.
  • Question: But how do I know what other people like?
  • Answer: You can’t know what everybody will like, so…


So you must write a book for the people who you DO know.
People like yourself…

Think of books that you have enjoyed. What did you like about them?
Let them give you ideas. What style where they written in?
Why not follow a similar pattern?

But do NOT copy them, this is known as Plagiarism.
If you didn’t write it, then don’t put your name on it.

  • To write a book, always find somewhere quiet to work. A place where you will not be disturbed.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to write.
  • Your book must have a title. However, you may not want to decide on the title until after you have finished writing it. This is O.K., really.
  • Describe the scenes and the characters carefully; make them come alive. Use descriptive adjectives to give your reader an idea of how the person or setting looks and feels. But don’t use so many adjectives that you make it boring. Learning how to do this will take some practise. Click on Buzzle for ideas on adjectives.
  • Remember, a book is made up of chapters. Chapters are written just like essays, but they are longer. Take a look at our Writing page to learn how to write an essay.
  • Be prepared to write several drafts before you are satisfied. This is necessary.
  • When you are writing new drafts, you will probably want to delete stuff. That’s O.K. but don’t throw any of it away, you may want to use it later.
  • Don’t expect your first draft to be ideal, it won’t be. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be interesting.
  • Don’t try to make it too correct, you could lose some of your genius..!!

If you are writing a non-fiction book…

  • Pick a subject that you like and know something about. If you enjoy writing about it, then you will make your book interesting, and your readers will enjoy reading it.
  • Research the details. However much you know about your subject, there is probably someone, somewhere, who knows more, and there is always something new that you can learn. If you have a computer, research the subject of your book there. If not, find a library.
  • Remember, your information needs to be accurate before you put it into words.
  • Make a brief plan: the introduction, the main body of the book and the closing chapter.
  • Your book needs to be well-organized; so write in chapters and paragraphs. The more orderly it is, the easier it will be to find a publisher who likes it.


If you are writing a novel…

  • You need a title – something interesting, but short and easy to remember.
  • You need to have a good idea of the story, from beginning to end.
  • Write a brief plan of your story – just an outline. How It will start and how it will finish. You can fill in the middle pages as you think of them.
  • You should also know your characters – write down their relationships to one another.
  • Now, think deeply about your story and just start to write whatever comes into your head. This is the most important part of writing, getting started.
  • If you find it difficult to start at the beginning of the story, don’t worry – start in the middle.
  • Try to write in short paragraphs. You can sort them and put them into order later.
  • Don’t stop to correct mistakes (either typing or spelling mistakes), this will slow you down. Just write as much as you can and get all your thoughts onto paper. Even if the things you are writing don’t seem to make sense, just keep on until the thoughts start to dry up.
  • Don’t worry if you are not sticking to the plan. Whatever your mind thinks of, write it down. It may not seem anything like your original idea, but that doesn’t matter. There will be plenty of time to edit the story when you have finished the first draft.
  • When you run out of ideas, stop and rest. You can always start again tomorrow, or next week even. Don’t expect to write it all in one day..!
  • Keep a pen and paper handy wherever you go. As soon as an idea comes to mind,  write it down. The next time you sit down to work on your book, you will have some ideas ready to begin with.
  • Do plan your ending however and then work towards it. Nobody wants the story to finish without a suitable ending. This is where you must tie up all the loose ends and make everything fit together. (Unless you are going to end with a ‘cliff-hanger’ and you have a sequel planned).
  • When you read it back to yourself, don’t read it as if you wrote it. Read it as a new reader would read it. Do you like it? Is it interesting? Have you missed anything out, forgotten anything?
  • Remember, you will want to delete some of what you have written, this is to be expected. Just keep it somewhere safe to use later. After all, this is only the first draft…


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