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How to write a Book (Novel /Story)

by Manar Amina Benmerzoug | Thu , Nov 10th , 2022

When reading the work of literary heroes like Jane Austen, or modern-day masters like Sally Rooney, it can be hard to imagine that they began with an empty page (or screen). 

It's strange to think that Victor Hugo turned a pen and wrote the beautiful tale of The Hunback of Notre Dame. Or that JK Rowling, sat in a small cafe in Scotland, had no idea that the words she was typing into her laptop would become a global children's franchise. (Harry Potter)

There is no right or wrong way to write a novel, and there is no right or wrong person to write one either. Nothing is stopping your vision from becoming a fully formed piece of literature, all you need is time, commitment, and belief. 

Of course Writing a novel isn't a walk in the park for anyone, but nothing good ever came without a little hard work. 

How to Write a Book – Writing Tips for Beginners

Step 1: Find inspiration.

You can find inspiration anywhere,your own experiences, news stories, historical events, even just letting your mind wander down a “what if?”

Watch. Listen. Observe. Take notes. Make a habit of doing all these things, and like writers throughout history, you will find inspiration all around you. 

Step 2: Find a regular time and place.

We all have busy schedules! Like with any other task, you must find an allocated time to commit your attention. 

Experiment at first, and discover when you write best. When do your ideas flow? Is it first thing in the morning, after a cup of coffee? Or an hour before you doze off to sleep? Whenever it is, make a note, and make sure to write at that time every day. 

Find out where you write best. Is it in a lively cafe? Your bedroom? Wherever you feel most focused is the place you should always aim to write. 

Step 3: Read other books.

Even though you're aiming to write, it is so important to read! Other authors provide inspiration, ideas, words, and motivation. 

You can't learn a language without hearing another person speak it, so don't cut off your learning tools at any point during your writing process. Take notes of what you like and don’t like and learn from that.

Step 4- Brainstorm.

The best way to start writing is to get all your ideas down on paper at once. Whatever is floating around in your mind, it's time to let it out into the world. 

Step 5 - Develop Your Plot. 

The exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. 

Most novels, no matter how complex, can usually be whittled down to these elements. The writer's job is to weave these sections together using language, character, and suspense to create a smooth, unified story. 

Step 6 - write 

Now it's time to start writing. No editing, no structure, just lots and LOTS of writing. 

Step 7 - Revise and Edit 

Once you've finished a section or a chapter , you can go back and edit. 

NOTE: At this stage, it can be helpful to have others read your work.

I hope this helps :)

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