Writing books is fun, exciting and fulfilling, right? That's certainly my experience with 11 novels and several non-fiction books under my belt. But it can also be challenging, particularly if you've decided to create a longer work: perhaps a novel or screenplay.
But we do it because we're writers. And because the process is enjoyable, magical and therapeutic . And, at the end of it all, you've got something to show for all your hard work. So, down to business. How do you start writing a book?
1. Have a plan. Map out your story - start, middle, end, and all the twists. Schedule your writing sessions.
2. Note your ideas. Whenever. Wherever. Look, listen, think. Plot. Do word sketches. Record phrases.
3. Write each day. One day might be 100 words, another could be 3,000. Doesn't matter. Just write.
Closing thoughts - Read more. Good writers are strong readers. Climb out of your comfort-zone. Read Cyberpunk; historical romances; TIME Magazine; blogs. Reading strengthens your writing. It's that simple.
Okay? Go for it! And keep going! JRx
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Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?