Tips On Writing A Book For The First Time – Beginner’s Advice

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I’m Mette Ivy Harrison. I’m the best-selling author of the Bishop’s Wife series and I’m gonna be sharing my five best tips of how to write a novel.

Tip number one is you need to have an interesting character who needs or want something desperately. This is so that you can have a character who is propelling the plot forward. Passive characters are not super interesting.

They need to do something. You want to have a character who’s not just reacting to events but rather is causing events to happen and interacting with other characters in the world that they’re in.

Tip number two is that you need to have an interesting world for your interesting character to be in. You can have a fantasy world. You can have a science-fiction world or it can be a contemporary world, but it needs to have a kind of set of rules that you as the author know but you gradually reveal as the character interacts with the world.

If you have a contemporary world, you need to make sure that the world is different then that regular world that your readers are used to. The character then has to decide whether they’re gonna follow the rules or not follow the rules.

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Tip number three is that you need to have a limited time frame in which the events happen. While you can write books that have 20 years over which the books take place, I highly recommend against doing that because it takes away the urgency of the events happening.

Your readers won’t feel like they need desperately to pick up the book and find out what happens next, so I recommend often choosing like a 24 to 48 hour period maybe a week, maybe even a month but short time frame. You want to choose the best frame of time in which these things can happen the most, where all the most exciting things happen.

Think about Star Wars. You think about George Lucas choosing what part of Star Wars he wanted to tell first. He told the story of Luke Skywalker first because that was a very compressed time frame. Some of the other stories take place over lots of different worlds and lots of different characters. It’s harder to get into the series, I think, with any of the other stories. Luke Skywalker’s single character in an interesting world and in a limited time-frame.

First novel writingTip number four is to make sure that there are exciting things that happen and that there are a lot of emotions that are involved in these exciting things. Readers read a lot because they want to feel emotions. You, as their writer, have to make sure that there are a lot of times for people to have feel emotions.

So you tell an exciting event and then you have to step back a little bit and make sure that the reader has an as an experience, so that they can also react to the events. I see a lot of writers focusing so much on the events happening and not so much on the reaction of the character.

It feels like it slows it down, but for a reader that reaction actually is the part where they’re most invested. That’s the most important part of the book, is the reaction emotionally of the characters.

Tip 5 – make sure that your character has time to learn. Now, I know that I said that you need to have a compressed time-frame, sometimes 24 hours or 48 hours, but you also need to make sure that your reader learns things at a normal pace.

When you do have a compressed timeframe of 24 to 48 hours that your story is happening in, think about how much a regular person could learn in that time frame. ou need to make sure that that’s how much your character learns. They’re not going to, you know, probably discover the secrets of the universe in that 24 hours.

They might decide to change one small thing about their lives, let me change everything but it’s going to be a small thing. They’re not going to be able to learn to use a sword, for instance if you’re writing a fantasy book, in one day.

It will take them a long time, so if you’re compressing the time frame, make sure that you allow the character to make the mistakes that they need to make. My best piece of advice – if you want to be a writer, is to write as often as you can. I’m not gonna say everyday, because most people have lives where they can’t do it every single day.

Tips for writing a book for beginners infoIf you can write three times a week, and if you can even write only 500 words, three times a week, you will have a novel written in a year. If you can commit to that and have a full novel written in a year. You need to write it from beginning to end.

You need to not go back and rewrite your beginning 800 times before you keep moving on, because there are things that you learn about writing a novel from beginning to end.

Getting to the climax of the story, writing an ending, you will learn things about that that you cannot learn by rewriting your first page or your first chapter over and over again. Give yourself a full year, write an entire book then start going back and rewriting.

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Hi everyone. My name is Bridget Bell. Welcome to my channel where I share with you ideas for a better life. I’m super excited about today’s video because it’s on a topic I’m very passionate about – writing.

Something a lot of you may not know about me that I’ve been writing and publishing books since the age of 17 and within this past year alone I’ve written and published three books. I’m currently working on few more and have concepts for four more that i plan on writing in the near future.

Now the reason I’m telling you this is not to brag or to boast, but simply because some of the most common questions I get asked when people find out that I’ve written these books are:

  • How did you do that?
  • How did you write a book?
  • How did you publish it?
  • I’ve always wanted to write a book – can you teach me how?
  • Can you show me how to do it?

And so in this video I’m going to share with you a few of my very most basic, yet essential tips, for writing your first book. While writing a book may seem like a daunting task suited for only the most well-rounded, seasoned writers I’m here to tell you that it’s not so.

Writing a book for the first timeIn this video I’m going to share with you a few of my tips when it comes to writing your first book, so if you’ve ever wanted to write your own book, or feel as though you have a story to share listen up because you’re going to want to hear this.

Before we start, I want to cover something that’s incredibly important to your success and that’s identifying your ‘why’. Why do you want to write a book? When it comes to accomplishing any goal, it’s important to not only know what you want to accomplish, in this case I want to write my first book, but even more important is the reason why you want to accomplish it.

I’ve said before in other videos but to think of a goal as setting the end destination on your GPS and your ‘why’ as the fuel to get you there. So why write a book? I’ll give you just a few reasons and you can feel free to add your own reason.

Number one is that everyone has a story to tell I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a unique story or life experience or some sort of value to share with others. Everybody, I believe, is an expert, and writing a book helps share that expertise with others.

Reason number two is that book writing enables you to leave a legacy behind on this earth, even once you’re gone and no longer here, your worth will live on, and that is a pretty cool thing.

Reason number three is – writing a book establishes instant credibility and sets you apart as an expert in your field. It can open doors of opportunity and enable you to network and market yourself in a ways that you weren’t able to before.

Writing your first book tipsReason number four – having books that you author can also work wonders for your business, whatever it may be. Let’s say you have a coaching business. Well, having a book that you authored, it can be used as a tool to help you prequalify clients and generate leads for your business.

It also adds value to your customers because it’s another resource that they can turn to you for help and advice. It can even be used for marketing purposes, such as for free giveaway for building your email list.

Number five – finally, one of the biggest reasons most people think of when they want to write a book is because of the possibility of generating income through book royalties. Those are just a few reasons why I believe book writing is an incredibly powerful act.

Feel free to add your own reasons, as the more reasons you have, the more fuel you’re putting in your engine and therefore the more likely you are to complete your book and have the strength to keep going even when it gets tough or tiresome.

Now let’s talk about how you can go about writing your book. My first tip for you is to identify your passion. You may already have a good idea as to what you’d like your book to be about but if you don’t, that’s okay. My first piece of advice to you is to answer the question ‘what are you most passionate about or what am I most passionate about?’

If you don’t know the answer to that I recommend checking out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and by asking yourself the following questions;

  • What do I like to do?
  • How do I like to spend my free time?
  • How do I like to spend my money?
  • What I do even if I wasn’t getting paid?
  • What do people ask me for advice on the most?
  • What are some of the biggest hurts and challenges that I’ve had to overcome?
  • What message do I want to share with others?
  • If I could be known for one thing or leaving one impactful idea behind on the planet,what would that be?

For me, writing has always been a passion of mine because it’s been the vehicle which has allowed me to share how to overcome my biggest hurts and challenges. It’s been something that I’ve been so passionate about. I’ve done it without getting paid and it’s just something that feels like breathing to me.

It’s just something that you have to do, so take a moment to pause the video and answer those questions for yourself. If you’d like more inspiration for identifying your passions and your purpose be sure to check out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and I’ll link that below.

You may already have an idea of what your passions are or what you’d like to write about. Just having that crystal clear vision and being able to see it written out on paper is really important and really helpful.

Writing your first novel adviceStep number two to writing your first book is to eliminate limiting beliefs about writing books. So not directly related to the writing process, but it’s incredibly important. Our beliefs can either help us or hinder us on our path to goal achievement and it’s no different with writing a book.

If you want to successfully complete your first book, it’s imperative that you eliminate any limiting beliefs revolved around book writing. Some limiting beliefs may include writing a book is too hard, or it’s too time-consuming, or writing a book is reserved only for those who are well-rounded writers, famous or celebrities.

I’m here to tell you that none of those things are true. The truth of the matter is that anyone can write a book if they’re truly dedicated to doing so. As I’ve said before, everyone has a story to tell. Everyone’s an expert at something and it’s not as hard if you think, which leads me to my next point.

My tip number 4 is to write every day. Once you’ve decided to discard those limiting beliefs, because you recognize that they won’t get you anywhere, and once you adopt the empowering belief that anyone can write a book if they choose to set their mind to it.

The reason it’s important to write every day is because, not only will it strengthen develop and improve your skills of the writer, but it will help you create content for your book. Something I highly recommend doing is starting a blog. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s been a very helpful tool.

Tips on writing a book for the first timeSome of the books I’ve written I didn’t even know I was going to write. I wasn’t even planning on writing them, but tyrants began to emerge with the content that I was blogging about, that I realized that I had enough content for several books. All I have to do is kind of tweak my blog post and reformat them to create a book.

Another reason writing everyday, specifically for a did you publish, is important is because it can help you build a following of individuals who are eager to buy your book. You may be wondering ,well why would people want to buy a book of mine if I already share it all the information on my blog?’

The answer to that would be that in writing a book you’re putting it into a different format and you’re also tweaking things and adding more substance so that you’re providing more value in your books than you would in a typical blog post.

You want to share quality information and helpful advice but you want to save your juiciest information for your book. I definitely know what it’s like to have ideas of mine stolen or taken from my blog and used by other people, so you want to hook people in with blogging but do so without giving everything away.

You want to create intrigue but don’t give away your best secrets. It’s like on my youtube channel, I share what a lot of people consider a helpful tips but my books are really where the juicy stuff is. Finally, writing every day is important because it breaks down the daunting task of writing a book by breaking it into smaller segments.

If you think about it, if you right just one page a day for six months, that’s 180 pages. If you write a page a day for a year that’s 365 pages. That’s a pretty decent sized book, so anyone who said things like writing a book is too hard or it’s too time-consuming, when you break it down in a smaller bit it really becomes something that’s seen as much more doable and less of this ginormous monstrous task that’s intimidating for you to tackle.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did, please be sure to give a thumbs up, share it with your friends and subscribe for more videos. Also let me know in the comments below if you would be interested in me creating a book writing eCourse.

I have a lot more tips that I can share on the subject, such as how to go about publishing, how to get artists to create artwork for your book, how you can create your own artwork, how to outsource for an editor, how to pick a title that sells and so much more.

If that’s something that you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you’re interested in purchasing any of my books, I’ll put the links to those below as well. That’s all for this video. Thanks so much for watching, as always. I wish you a phenomenal week and I will see you all in the next video. Until then, take care.

Tips For Writing A Book For Beginners – The Essentials

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Hi, it’s Peter here again from Writer’s Life and coming up today – essential book writing tips for beginner writers.

If you’ve never even come close to attempting to write a book before, even the idea of doing so can seem utterly overwhelming. It may be that you have some writing experience, have written some sorts of pieces for pleasure now and again, or have just been struck with a brilliant idea for a book or an urge to do it, but have no writing experience at all.

Whatever stage you are at and how ever used to writing you are, actually making that move to start writing a novel is a huge commitment and often people can be at a loss not knowing where to start.

However, writing a novel, though hard work, doesn’t have to be an overwhelmingly complicated process. Follow these straightforward tips and not only will you find yourself clear on how to get started but also armed with the know how to finish it too. Here are some essential book writing tips for beginner writers.

First, what is your book about? Our books need to be about something. What’s yours about?Have a clear idea of your story, who your characters are, what’s going to happen in your book before you begin. Just a single idea won’t get you very far, so you need to sit down and work out the details before you start writing. If you don’t you might find your great idea doesn’t go anywhere.

Next, writing the chapter outlines. Once you have a clear idea of your story, write chapter outlines to give yourself a firm idea of what you are going to write. Chapter outlines will provide you with the confidence to know that your story has enough meat to turn it into a book.

Writing tips for beginners novelsNext, create deadlines. You need to set yourself realistic and achievable deadlines for writing your book. Break them down. It’s a manageable bite-size choice, to help make them feel less impossible. Figure out a rough workout total for your book. Sixty to eighty thousand words is about right for a first fiction novel, and then set a weekly word count goal that you know you can stick to.

Next, create a writing schedule. Once you know your deadlines, create a writing schedule that you know you can stick to. Be ambitious but don’t push yourself to the points where you can’t get the work done you only end up feeling disappointed and be more likely to give up writing. At the same time, in the same place can help you to create a routine and immerse in writing so it’s a part of your everyday life.

Next, get feedback before you finish. Don’t wait until you’ve painstakingly written the entire manuscript before you get anyone to look at it. They’ll likely come back with so many questions notes and comments that you’ll feel like you have to start it all over again. Someone who knows what they’re talking about and isn’t afraid to be critical to look at your work early on can make all the difference.

Tips for writing a book infoNext, learn about the publishing process. Decide whether you’re going to try to get an agent or publisher to take on your book or if you’re going to self publish and then dedicate some time to learning everything you can about the publishing process.

If you’re serious about your book becoming a success it’s important to know exactly where the opportunities lie and what you need to do to give your book the very best chance.

Next, don’t aim for perfection. Your book isn’t going to feel perfect when it’s finished, so don’t hold on to that idea of perfection and use it as an excuse to put your book in a drawer and forget about it.

If you don’t land a traditional publishing deal then you can self publish. Don’t spend all that time and energy on your book and not do anything with it at the end.

Our final tip is a write another one. Many writers don’t experience success the first time around. In fact many don’t experience it the second third or fourth time either. However, you’ll have learnt so much from writing the first book, now you owe it to yourself to take those lessons and write another even better one.

Writing a book does take time and dedication but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. Use these simple tips for beginners to get you started. Stay on track and see it through to the end and don’t forget, if you’re struggling to write or finish your book, our free writer’s tool kit can help with it.

You’ll learn how to overcome procrastination, get organized, stay focused, find time to write and finally, your book published. To get access now while it’s still available, simply go to Be sure to give us the thumbs up and subscribe to our channel for more. My name’s Peter and I’ll see you next time.

Hello there, it’s Peter here again from Writer’sLive and coming up today – practical writing tips you can actually use.

There are so many different pieces of advice when it comes to writing. Some you’ll find useful, some you won’t. When it comes to writing tips, every writer is different and not all pieces of advice will be helpful to them or fit in with what they are trying to say or do.

Sometimes the most practical and straightforward advice is the best. These tips should resonate with all writers, give them food for thought and can apply to any kind of writing, so let’s take a look at them.

Novel writing tips guideFirst, say something. Whatever kind of writing you’re into, you need to have something to say. Take a step back and think about what your message is, what your point is what, you’re trying to get across.

What’s your confidence of that? You’ll have the essence of your story or article and can build everything else around that.

Next, use short sentences and simple language. It’s so tempting to show your readers what an enormous brain you have and to use all the big and smart words you know to demonstrate them but it’s important to realize that’s not the way to impress your readers.

Be inclusive. Keep things simple the most intelligent writing will be able to create an impression without making their readers reach for the dictionary.

Next, get detailed. Be specific and use detail to build a picture in your readers mind. The more clever and arresting information you include, the more readers will feel they know your characters and the world they live in.

Next, use the active voice. We know you’ve heard it all before but using the act voice makes your writing more present and readers have a better connection to the words. So try, where you can to, use the active voice at all times.

Tips for writing a book for beginners young authorsNext, break up your text. Even in fiction writing massive chunks of texts can make a readers eyes glaze lays over. If you’re writing a story, breakup text into short paragraphs and use dialogue.

Articles can be broken down into smaller chunks of text and devices such as a bullet lists and fact boxes can help too.

Next, don’t overwrite. Good writing is where a writer’s ego stays out of it. If you put your readers first and thinking about what they need to know and what will give them a better more meaningful understanding of what is going on, you’ll find the instances where you overwrite will really stand out. Stop rambling. Stop trying to sound smart and merely say what you are trying to say.

Next, become a brutal editor. Eliminate what you don’t need. Become eagle-eyed at spotting mistakes. Read your work through the eyes of a critical reader and remember to keep that ego at bay. These tips will help make your writing sharper, more accessible and more readable, so why not try applying them to your writing projects today?

How To Start Writing A Book For Beginners – Ideas For Writing A Book

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Hello and welcome back to my channel. If you don’t know who I am, I’m Britt Poe. I am an author and a writing a business coach for creative writers and authors alike. Today I’m gonna be talking about how to outline your novel using my absolute favorite method, the snowflake method.

So before I get into the how-to, I wanted to share a little bit of background. In the writing world there are two sort of sides when it comes to planning a novel. There are plotters, the ones who plan everything and set them out before they start writing, and then there are Pantsers, those who sort of just take their idea and go with it with really no structured plan on where they’re going.

In my writing practice, I’ve literally been all over the board with my writing and my planning techniques. I’ve tried so hard just to find something that really clicked with my creative process and ended up really uninspired with a lot of different methods to outlining, which then left my manuscript suffering because I was just uninspired and an uninspired writer is probably not the best kind of writer.

So when I heard about the snowflake method, I decided to give it a go and I am just loving the amazingness of the snowflake method. It works so well with my finger in my creative process and it really helps me get an outline down and completed, so that I can actually start writing that first draft.

So what is the snowflake method?

The snowflake method is an approach to writing developed by a guy named Randy Inger Mason. I will link to his website below where he really goes into tons of detail about the snowflake method himself but in all this method is composed of ten steps.

The goal is to have an extensive outline filled with everything that you need for your plot and for your characters in order to write your novel. Something about the way that this method is structured just really jives with me and my process. So now I’m gonna tell you how you guys can do it yourself.

Step one of the ten steps of the snowflake method is to write a one sentence summary of your novel. This is the hardest part for me because something about having to fit all of the ideas in my head about the novel into one little sentence. It’s kind of tedious and excruciating for me, but yeah, I did it.

So you’re gonna challenge yourself to write one sentence to explain the plot of your book. The idea is to make this about 15 to 20 words. To avoid any running on, or rambling, and you really want to just get straight to the point. So I’m gonna share a couple tips with you guys to make this a little easier.

  • Tip number one is don’t use your characters names. It’s much better to say something like ‘a young wizard’ versus saying ‘Harry Potter’.
  • Tip number two is that you’re going to want to tie in the big picture, idea or goal of your novel with the personal goal of your protagonist or main character.

The thing to think about is which of my characters has the most to lose and why is it that they want to win? The third tip is something that really really helped me when I was doing my one sentence summary and that is to go and read the one-liners on the New York Times bestseller list.

It’ll give you a feel on how other people do this and how you can also use that strategy and use that structure to write your own one sentence summary.

how to write a fiction novel for beginnersStep number two is to expand that sentence into a full paragraph. This is where you will start planting the seeds for your plot. This paragraph will summarize the entire book, including the ending. There is a general structure that you’re going to want to follow for this paragraph.

  • Sentence 1┬áneeds to be the backdrop to your story, where is it taking place and who is your character.
  • Sentence 2 is going to be a summary of the first quarter of your book, which leads up to the first disaster.
  • Sentence 3 will be a summary of the second quarter of your book leading up to the second disaster.
  • Sentence 4 will be a summary of the third quarter of your book leading up to the third disaster and …
  • Sentence 5 will be a summary of the fourth quarter of your book leading up to the conclusion.

Step number three is to write a one page summary of each character in your book. Here you’re going to want to know their name. You’re going to want to have a one sentence summary of the character’s storyline, know their motivation and their goals.

You’re going to want to know what conflicts that they’re facing and if the character has an epiphany, or basically what they will learn, or how they will change throughout your book. And then you’re going to want to write a one paragraph summary of the character’s storyline.

Step number four is to expand each sentence in your one paragraph summary to one page. This step is where they start to take a little bit longer than the previous steps, because here you will be expanding each of your plot points in the previous step.

how to start writing a book for beginnersTo do this you’re going to take each sentence in your paragraph and expand that into its own paragraph. I have an example on how to do this on the blog post version of this video if you need a more visual instruction on how to do this. I will link the blog post in the description of this so you can go check that out when you are done watching.

Step number five is to write the synopsis from the POV of your characters. You’re gonna be focusing more on only the main characters of your novel here, but this is a really important step for me because it allows me to get into the head of my characters and find their voice. You’ll also be able to discover really useful things like what this character is doing, when it’s not actually present in a chapter of your novel.

Step number six is to expand each paragraph from your one page summary to a page. This is where you’ll start to get a grip on the high level logic of your main plot points. So just like we expanded each sentence into its own paragraph, now you’re going to expand each paragraph into its own page. Feel free to add as many details as you want here just make sure that it doesn’t go over a page, so that this this part of the outline doesn’t get too out of hand.

Step number seven is to create character charts of each of your characters. If you’re interested on getting your hands on the same character chart that I use in my writing, I have a free template available on my website. I will link that below as well and you are free to download it and use it for your own writing. The basic things that you want to focus on your charts are:

  • birth date
  • physical appearance
  • family history
  • personal traits
  • quirks
  • their goals
  • motivations

Step number eight is to make a spreadsheet outline of each scene based on your four page summary that you did above. So this step is very time-consuming I’m going to admit, but it is very, very important and so helpful for me at least, when I start the actual writing process.

So what you’re going to want to do is take each paragraph from the summary and brainstorm all of the scenes that are necessary to tell that part of the story. Then you’re going to want to get your favorite spreadsheet system out and then get one line for each sentence detailing the chapter number.

tips for writing a book for beginnersThe POV, the setting, the date or timeline, as well as which characters are involved and a little description of what happens in that chapter. On my website attached to the blog version of this post I am offering up a free template of my snowflake outline Trello board, which is where I personally create all of my outlines and go through the snowflake outlining process.

It’s my centralized hub for all of my book information and so if you download the Trello board you’ll also get a copy of my same spreadsheet completely for free. It’s attached on the troll board itself. Also something to remember here is that even though everything has already been planned out, by the time that you write, you can diverge from your outline if your characters or your stories start pulling you in a different direction as you write.

If you’re like me, that tends to happen quite frequently, but just know that it’s super easy to go back to the spreadsheet and edit what you need to edit or add a line wherever you need to add it.

Step number nine is to write a narrative summary of each scene. I’m gonna admit that I do not write a full narrative summary for every single scene. Instead, what I like to do is on my scene card inside of Trello, I just like to go in there, and if I have snippets of dialogue, or setting ideas, or just all of the things floating inside of my head about that scene, then I’ll just type it up really quick in the Trello card.

When I do write that scene, I can just open it up and remember ‘oh yeah, this is where, you know, I wanted them to be here, or this is where I wanted them to have this conversation.’ Add things like that.

The final step, step number ten is just to write your book. By this point you should know what’s happening in each scene and where each character is development wise. It’s a great time to get that first draft down on paper.

This is where I print out all of my character descriptions and my spreadsheets and I slop them into my handy-dandy binder for easy reference. Now you might have noticed that this outline process is kind of labor-intensive and it can take a long time if you allow it to.

I was able to get steps one through nine of the snowflake method completed for my WIP and ten hours spread over the course of a couple weeks, but once you get all this detail right now and available to you it just becomes so much easier to crank out that first draft.

So if you would like a copy of my snowflake outlining Trello board it’s hop on over to the blog version of this video. I will link it in the description below. You’ll also be able to get my free spreadsheet complete there as well as my character charts.

Let me know if this method sounds like something that you’re interested in trying or if you have tried it before and what your thoughts about it are. If you like this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, because every single week I’m releasing more videos just like this about writing and the business side of being an author. I look forward to you guys next time – bye.

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Tips On How To Write A Novel The Right Way

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Greetings. My name is Carol Denbow and I’m the author of six books, including ‘A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story’. I’m also the editor of more than 10 websites online to help first-time and seasoned authors write and publish and market their books…

I’m not a publisher and I’m not here to sell you anything. I’m just simply here to help you keep your writing goals. Okay, so whether you’re writing a book for your personal use, for family and friends, or a book for resale, I try to help you get started.

Today, my suggestion is ‘write your book’. You’ve had it in your heart. You’ve had it in your mind for how long, and you haven’t sat down to read it yet. You clicked on this video because you want to know how to get started.

I’m going to try to help you with that right now. Okay, so whether you want to write a fiction book, a nonfiction, a fantasy, or mystery, autobiography – anything you want to write, I’m telling you now sit down and write it.

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When you’re ready to sit down and write, don’t ever worry about editing. Don’t worry about misspelling words. Don’t worry about any of that kind of stuff – just write your book and get it in your keypad. Just keep on writing right till it’s done.

You’ve always wanted to do it and you’re never going to be satisfied till you have, or at least attempted it. Then you can say at least you tried to write a book, or maybe you’ll end up writing a book, and maybe you’ll be a best-seller.

I doubt it but it’s good to try. I got all these books on the wall behind me. In fact there’s another one- look that way over to the side – so I kind of know as I speak, hopefully have learned something through all this.

Creative writing tips for beginnersAnyway so let’s get started. All right. so you’re gonna write your book and don’t worry about editing. First of all notes. Find a quiet place to write, an extra bedroom office, or even garage. Anywhere away from any family or friends, kids whoever’s gonna interrupt you.

Okay, second – set time aside to write. Not ten minutes guys. Ten minutes you can’t even get focus. You can’t even get your juices flowing. Set aside two hours. Tell yourself every Monday ‘oh let’s see. I’m off on Monday. okay Monday. all right, the kids are in school perfect from 10:00 to noon. all right everybody I’ll sit down and I’ll focus’.

Hey, if you do, maybe you sit down and this it’s not working for you that time. That’s fine too. You’re supposed to enjoy your writing. Writing is healthy. Writing relieves stress. Trying to find your time to write – if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t – move on, the time will come again.

Okay next … choosing your book’s topic. Wow, I can’t even tell you how important this is, especially if you want to seek a publisher later. You write a book about cars and there are a million books written about cars. Let’s get creative. Let’s write something nobody’s written before.

Let’s give the publisher a reason to look and go ‘this person’s got a creative mind’. Okay so go by demand. Ask yourself these questions, and I’m going to refer to my notes – are there a million books which follow the path of your story or subject that’re already out there?

I wish well sure that we need one more – probably not. Okay next – is there even an audience out there who will buy your book? I don’t know if you’re writing about this wonderful dog that you had, and sad to say, the dog passed away.

Probably not going to find a lot of readers out there in the reading audience but you know, write it, feel good about writing it. You’ve done it, you’ve accomplished it. That’s great. If you want to get it out of there into the real market, it’s gonna have to be some demand.


Okay here’s a statistic you’ll really like. Every hour of every day, every day of every year including Christmas and New Year’s, 30 books are released in the US alone. That’s not even a world statistic, that’s just in the US.

Fiction writing tips guidanceThus, competition is fierce, just so you know. So if you plan to sell your book to the reading public, make sure folks that there’s going to be a market for that book, otherwise you may be wasting your energy, your time, okay?

So write your book. How do I start? How do I begin? I know what I want to write. Writing, it’s like a business and just like any business you need a business plan, right? The plan in this case it’s going to be the outline for your book.

I’m gonna read this right from here because I wrote it, and it just sounds better. Okay, a well drawn outline will help you focus on your total project outline, your story or information. For fiction book writing, an outline of your plot, when they introduce your characters is half of the story.

That is ‘what’s the beginning of the story, what’s the middle of the story and what’s the ending of the story’ all placed into chronological order. For non-fiction book writing the same applies. Organize your information into logical and useful order. Believe me, when you put down all your titles, your chapter titles, that’s a great way to start.

Short story writing tips adviceThen just fill in the blanks. It helps keep it all in order, so you don’t have to go back and start searching for where does this belong, where does that go. Okay – choosing your title. Oh this is always the fun part. I love picking titles for my books.This is always fun but not only is a catchy title a must for nonfiction and fiction books, but your title words will most likely be used as keywords when someone searches the internet for a book similar to yours.

Once your book’s complete find an editor … now you’re all done, now it is time to find professional editor. Gotta fix your boo-boos. Okay spellcheck – it’s only part of the problem. Spellcheck is not going to completely edit your manuscript, it’s gonna spellcheck – and even then a lot of times it’s gonna be wrong!

You need a higher professional editor first. Before you do, I suggest that you pre edit your book by reading it to yourself out loud. You are too familiar with your script to read it word by word. When you do that. What’s gonna happen is, you’re gonna miss them because you wrote it.

You’re skimming through. I just want to get this thing edited. I just want to get going. There’s one, move on, give it to somebody else. If someone is gonna be honest with you and show you your boo-boos and say ‘hey I don’t understand this part right here, this didn’t just doesn’t work for me or doesn’t make sense’, you need an honest opinion.

Story writing tips beginnersGet two get, three, get five and then send it off to a professional editor, which by the way is going to be about somewhere about 300 bucks for 150 page book. That’s probably a pretty good deal but I can’t I cannot express how important that is.

Okay next, there’s just obviously a lot more to this process that I’ve explained here and I do plan to make future videos on publishing – the process, query letters and marketing your book, which boy if you think writing is a job, when you get down to marketing!

Anyway, if you found this video helpful I’d really appreciate it if you could give me a little 5-star rating so that other new writers can find this video themselves. Okay, I also have a wonderful blog. As a writer and an author you would probably appreciate and get a lot of use out of it. It’s called a Book Inside Blog.

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Tips on how to write a novel pdf

Tips For Writing A Book For Beginners – Another Author’s Advice

Video Transcript:

Hi guys – it’s Connie Glenn author with The Roads of Chronicles series. The first book Undercover princess is out now in hardback and paperback if you want to check it out. Today I’m gonna be talking to you guys about my 5 tips for getting into writing.

So it’s no secret that getting into writing and starting a book is incredibly daunting. People say to me ‘where do you even begin?’ So that is where we’re gonna start.

Tip number 1 – read as much as you can. This probably seems very obvious and it’s also probably the thing that you get told the most when you look for writing tips. That’s because it really is as helpful as people say it is. Read everything and start to get an idea of what excites you, what you feel passionate about, or even what you think is missing.

Tips on how to write a novel infoRead books, read short stories, read poetry read fan-fiction – just read everything you can and everything that you enjoy and start to pick up on the patterns. You will find that the more you read, the more you get an understanding of what it is that works in writing and what it is that doesn’t.

The best filmmakers watch lots of movies. The best artists consume a lot of art and the best writers do a lot of reading. Other people’s work can be the best inspiration and the best teacher.

Tip number two – keep notes. You never know when inspiration is going to strike you, so it’s a really good idea to have something with you at all times that you can make notes on, be that a bit of stationery or even the Notes app on your phone.

I very often get my best ideas when I’m out and about in the world, so I would just quickly get out my phone and make a note of whatever idea I’ve had so that I don’t lose it. Because there is nothing worse than having a good idea and losing it. I do try and bring a notebook with me wherever I go, but sometimes you forget.

Tip number three – start making a plan. This, in my opinion, is the most important part of writing and it’s the thing so many people overlook and don’t realise is as important as it is. Once you have an idea for a story you need to make a plan for it.

Tips for writing a book guidanceI personally write out five bullet points for every single chapter. These bullet points will dictate everything that needs to happen in that chapter as well as all of the subtext that needs to come across. For example, what information a character needs to know. How a character is going to be feeling.

How they’re going to be feeling at the end of the chapter, all of these things I need to make sure are coming across. I like to have them in a plan, so I can look back at that plan and make sure it has worked. This also gives you a great map of pacing and length because it shows you how long it’s taking for each plot point to happen.

So you can see that maybe this thing should be happening quicker. Maybe you don’t need as much time for that other plot point. All of these things can be sorted out in the plan before you start writing. This is also a good way to prevent writer’s block and shows you any problems that your story might have.

I would encourage you to make plans about everything – characters, locations, etc. Having a solid database of all your ideas is a great way of keeping motivated and also just keeping organized.

Tip number four – make time to write. It’s all well and good having all of your ideas and all of your plans but what about actually writing? Try and designate time every day or every week if you’re very busy, for getting a certain amount of words done.

Pro Writing tipsMy personal time guide follows the average length of my chapters. A regular chapter for me is about 2,000 words, so I try and write between 700 and a thousand words a day, which is approximately half a chapter, so my average chapter takes me about two to three days to finish. Sometimes I would write more but I always try and write at least that many words on a day that I’ve designated to writing.

My final tip, tip number five – kill your darlings. Once you have some chapters or even your whole story, it’s time for the hardest part and that is getting good at editing, and realizing when things in your story are not working. This was the most difficult thing for me to do as a writer but I promise it gets easier and easier.

The best way to get good at this is to share your work. Maybe join a creative writing class. This way you get encouragement as well as feedback. Sometimes you’ll need to take a break from your story, so you can come back to it with fresh eyes and see what wasn’t working.

Sometimes you will be able to see what isn’t working but won’t be ready to part with it yet, so you need to go away and come back when you’re less emotionally attached to that bit. I would also say that the more you plan, the less you will need to edit and get rid of and fix. Do not underestimate the power of a good plan.

That was my personal 5 tips on getting into writing and starting your first story. I hope it has been helpful for you and don’t forget that practice really does make perfect. Don’t get discouraged. If it gets hard just keep working at it and keep going, and don’t forget to plan. I’m gonna sing the praises of plans my whole life. A plan is the best way to write it. Best of luck to all of you on your writing journeys. Goodbye.

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