How do you start writing a book?
Topic: How do you start writing a book?
July 16, 2019 / By Miranda Question:
I have a strong feeling and desire to write a book. I believe it would become a best-seller. No one has ever wrote a book like the one I want to write. It is going to be in memory of my fallen-hero. It's going to have about 20 chapters. I just don't know how to start it or come up with the first words to type. I've got the title. The next step is actually typing the book.
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Lily | 6 days ago
I'm currently writing a book and the best advice I can give you is to just WRITE. Don't worry about errors or sounding stupid...just spit it out! Otherwise you'll just spend ages worrying and you won't get anywhere. After you've gotten it down paper, go back and edit.
Also, just take it a chapter at a time. Or even a page. I try to write two pages per day. That way, I can have a completed chapter by the end of the week, and the whole thing looks much less daunting (however I do freak out when I think that I need to write 28 more chapters).
Another piece of advice: write everything down! So many times I've come up with a great idea, only to have forgotten it by the end of the day. Keep a notebook where you can just scribble down ideas.
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Originally Answered: If you're writing a book report, should the first sentence of the intro start with "In the book ____ by _____," or not? ** READ DETAILS?
Never begin with something so cliche and staid. Instead, opt to begin with a quote, a fact, or an opinion.
Open with this in italics: "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle." (Heller, "Catch-22", page ___.)
Or "The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is its inefficiency." (Eugene McCarthy)
Or "If the copying machines that came along later had been here during the war, I'm not sure the Allies would have won. We'd all have drowned in paper." (Alan Dickey)
Or try opening with: "Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" is ... (..."a powerful/entertaining/humourous read.")
Or "In his brilliant novel, "Catch-22", Joseph Heller perfectly illustrates the idiocy and ridiculousness of modern bureaucracy."
Those beginnings are far stronger than the tired old hat.
Brainstorm. Just start writing, non-stop, for about 5-10 minutes. Like what you see? Keep going. Needs improvement? Wait an hour or so and start again unless what you wrote gave you inspiration.
You do need a guideline, steps, on how you want the book to flow.
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Ummm... I've tried to write books before but I've never actually stuck it out. But it all depends on your writing style... sometimes authors get an idea and can't stop writing; other authors have to force themselves to write a certain number of pages a day. My advice is don't worry about going in order: whatever seems exciting to write about, write about it. Don't worry about the order of the pages until the main scenes that you've been dying to write are done. Good luck!
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No, the next step is writing a story outline by hand.
A best-seller? In all probability it won't even be published - but that becomes a certainty until you sit down and write it. A strong feeling does not make you a writer. Only writing makes you a writer.
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You will find your best path. Alot of people brainstorm. Some people have to have everything down to the detail before they start. Some outline. I just start typing. You can always edit it. But once you get into the flow, if you are anything like me, your brain will take control without you knowing it. Good luck!
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Originally Answered: When do you use "-" this symbol in writing , book writing?
Hyphenated names or words. I don't generally use that symbol unless im using in a universally acknowldged correct way. I sometimes use it in dialogue to symbolize interruption by another character.
"Pass the grape soda." Marci said.
" Don't say another word, Marci."
"Geeze, what's got your panties in a twi-"
"I said not another word!" Janice interrupted.