Putting Pen to Paper

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“I want to write a book – where should I start?”

Almost as old as what came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, maybe not, but writing a book is something a lot of people dream of doing. The first step is to actually want to write, and it seems you have conquered such a step.

No matter what type of book you want to write the journey begins with a simple creation of an idea. All writers start with a basic “This is what I’ll write about” statement. It could be, “I want to write about my life” and it is a memoir, or “I want to write about someone else’s life” and it is a biography. Your idea could be “I want to write about an elf’s journey” and it is a fantasy, or “I want to write about outer space” and it is Sci-Fi. The idea is the first step.

Without going through the whole mechanics of writing, this has been done so many times on Quara by many people including myself; I suggest researching the different methods of writing. It is up to you to decide which method you would like to use, and go with it.

The methods include:

Planning

Panster

Brain Mapping

Snow Flake

If you choose to “panster” the work, please make sure you keep chapter notes during the writing in order not to make mistakes in the narrative.

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