Tips on Writing a Book – Quora Answer

Here is my answer to the question, “What is the best way to write a book?” on Quora

It took me three years to write my first book, which included 10 revisions and several editing rounds. Here is my advice for the same

  • Decide what genre you want to write – fiction or non-fiction. If fiction, thriller, suspense, drama, horror, etc.
  • Decide who you are audience is – YA, Mature, Professional – knowing your audience is extremely important to ensure you can use the writing technique to arrest them in your storytelling mode
  • Decide whether you are going to write a Novel, Novella, Short stories
  • Write a rough sketch – while your story may evolve you should have a rough outline to help navigate your storytelling art
  • Build your characters – define your characters well. Build them as your work progresses
  • Define your plots – plot development is extremely important. Here is a link on Writing About Situations
  • Finding the right word – here is an article I wrote about it, which you may find helpful Finding The Right Words
  • Read and read, and read more – there is no shortcut to this. Read about the genre you are writing or about other genres. Take notes and see how the author builds a plot and describe situations.
  • Decide how you want to narrate the story – as the first second or third person
  • Get your grammar right – tense plays a very important role. You need to make sure the work is readable and has the right dose of maturity
  • If you can afford to use a book writing tool like Scrivener – it gives you immense flexibility for writing, formatting, and organizing your book. You can search across plots, organize by character and be ready for publishing
  • Lastly, create a blog. You can express your thoughts to the world and get instant feedback. Moreover, once you’re ready to publish you will need a user base. A blog is a good way to start the “Author in Making” Process

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