How to Start Writing Books

Are you an author? Do you have an idea for a book? Then this is the place for you.


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    Get an Idea. If you want to start a book series, then you need an idea.
    • Every idea is a good idea, and never be afraid to put an idea down on the page, no matter how incredulous it is
    • In the beginning, don't be afraid to gather idea from your favorite book series, such as the Percy Jackson series for instance, you may want to write about Greek Gods and Goddess's, or you may want to write about Godly powers and things of the like.
    • In the beginning, and idea is just that, so don't think that you're going to have to a) come back to this idea later just because it's there or b) that you have to keep that idea
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    Always remember what you're writing. Some authors (like Rick Riordan) make 2 different book series but put the main character of the first book series in cameo.
    • It is often good to maintain a journal of all ideas--whether you plan to put them into the novel or not--which means future characters, settings, powers (if you have them), and things of the like.
    • Remember who your audience is: are you writing to children, are you writing for adults? Knowing who your audience is will remember what exactly you're writing, why you're writing, and how you're going to write it--well
    • George R. R. Martin, author of the Song of Fire and Ice series, spends hours a day working on his lengthy and detailed novels, and in order for him to make sure that everything is consistent, he often reviews what he wrote the day before; adopting this habit will allow you to keep the story flowing and consistent throughout
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    Make Characters. Don't mention a character and then leave it at that. Explain. A character can be in Cameo as long as they are explained.
    • When inventing characters in a world, if you are not an architect (meaning you plan everything out before you even begin) then you need to make the snap decision of whether or not that character is major or not.
    • Know how that character's story ends, this will help you drive this character to that end, and it will help construct the overall personality of that character.
    • Don't be afraid to put in a silly character or a character who just doesn't quite fit, sometimes that character may end up being your comic relief in a dark situation, or that character may end up being your big plot twist.
    • When creating characters, don't feel the need or stress out over the idea of having to write a complete character profile, sometimes it's just good to know the basics, because later you're going to be able to build on these things without being confined to a strict history.
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    Make smooth transitions. If you're in the middle of a story, don't go to a completely different setting unless it is the end of a chapter or your character mentioned going there before the transition. Smooth transitions, such as from Point of View to Point of View are vital, but make sure that you do not become obsessive of them as it will annoy the reader.
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    Think of a title. Have an appropriate title. Don't name the title: The Princess and The Unicorn, then make the story about Batman.
    • The title is not the most important part of the story, though, so don't feel the pressure to create some dramatic title.
    • In creating a good title, sometimes it's good to name it after a very subtle object in the book that ends up having a big impact, or the title is a commentary of the events of the book.
    • Do not be afraid to make the title evident what the book is all about. The Series of Unfortunate Events series is one of the more evident titles, while books such as 1984 or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are probably less revealing.
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  • Remember This: "Impossible is not a word, it's just an excuse for someone not to try" - Kutless
  • Don't ever let someone tell you 'you cant'
  • Be creative.
  • Let you imagination run wild!


  • Don't use characters from other stories, like Percy Jackson, Peter Edwand Lucy Susan, & Whit & Wisty Allgood, this is called plagiarism and you'll be in a rough spot if you dare!

Things You'll Need

  • Pen/Pencil & Paper
  • Computer
  • An Idea

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