How to Write and Publish a Book Part 1
Hello, my friends! Are you surprised that this is my third post this year? I know I am! I am determined to bring you all good content and to keep this blog alive this year. Last year was spent setting this place up and learning what I needed to know. This year, I am all about writing and getting to know you all! I have a mini blog post series about writing and publishing that I want to share with you all.
I’ve had people over the years tell me that they “wish they could write a book.” It’s not as easy as I used to think it was, and I just wanted to shed some light on the subject. I’ve been published before and will have some new books releasing this year again. Consider this series of blog articles advice on things that I have learned over the years. Things what to do and what not to do! I have no idea how many parts this series will end up being, but when it is complete, I will compile it all together, and make it into a free book that you can reference!
Now, without further ado, here are the first four steps to writing a book!
Writing a book is not easy. You need to have at least a basic understanding of how to write in your native language. For example, my native language is English. This will help you construct perfect sentences and write the story. Once you have a grasp on sentence structure, you can then begin to plot your book. Below are the first four steps to writing a book.
Step One: Pick a genre
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of genres to choose from. The most common genres are:
- Science Fiction
- Historical Fiction
There are of course many more genres to choose from. You can find a complete list here.
Step Two: Plotting
Once you pick your genre, it’s now time to plot your book. Some writers create a full outline, while others make a basic. I, personally, usually create a basic outline. For me, this includes a bulleted list of events that must happen in the book. Once my list is created, I let the characters run wild in the book. I will discuss this topic further in another post.
Step Three: World Building
World building is the most complex part of writing in my opinion. You have to decide if you will build your world from the ground up, or base it on our existing world and make tweaks. While both are great ways to plan your story, I find it to be the most time-consuming. I will discuss how to build your world in another article. In the article, I will share samples from a world I am building from the bottom up.
Step Four: Character Creation
Now that you have a plot, an outline, and a setting, it’s time to create those characters. Your characters are what rule the story; I don’t care what anybody says! I will go into details on how to create amazing characters in another post. Keep in mind, the more detailed the character sheet, the better your writing will be!
Now that you’ve completed the first four steps, it’s time to write the book! This can be the most daunting task or the most fun. For me, it is a little bit of both. In the next part of this series, I will discuss book lengths as well as the parts of the book. At the end of this series, I will be sending a list of world and character building sheets. To opt into the email, please subscribe to our newsletter! It is the only way to receive our offers.
In the next blog post, I will discuss my favorite writing software that I use to write my books.