What is the best way to start writing my first book?

Chaitanya Yechuri

Chaitanya Yechuri, Between books and beauty I chose books

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Réponse d'origine: How should I start to write a book?


There is a misconception about writing, with today’s millennial’s (includes me). They post a random thought or some haiku or musing on their Facebook or Instagram, which end up getting a couple of likes or shares or might turn into a catchy big quote in future. But if you are in conception, that these things make a good writer, then there is a wrong conception. So what goes in a writers mind when he is writing a book for the very first time. Well according to me, these are:

Etape 1:

Writing itself is a processus as whole. There are characters to create, plots to develop, dialogues to be induced et message to be conveyed.

I got my ass kicked for three years or so, by just having the idea in my mind, but never opening a word document in my laptop, and every night I was bazzled and raffled with the thought, that I should write tomorrow.

Honestly, staring at a blank page on screen itself is a bigger task. The white screen can give you chills, and run a fear down your spine and throw a big lump in your stomach.

Etape 2:

Now there is an idea and you have come out off, “Blank Paper Syndrome”. There is a bit of black and white on the screen. You have just started writing, you haven’t thought much what to write. You have a central idea or pivotal thought in your mind. But that is the point most people get stuck. One logic would hit the whole plot to baseless ground. It took me one more year to get out of this syndrome.

So these are very generic problems, as a writer I faced.

But there was one incident I saw, which changed my perception (Not it was not like apple on Newton’s head, from where he got the idea. In fact he was a well learned man first). One day, I was standing near a ground, waiting for one of my friend to come. As my friend never shows up on time, I parked my bike aside the ground and started looking at my mobile screen. In the ground I was waiting, I noticed a kid trying to jump above the water pit that was created from rain.

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What is the best way to start writing my first book?

Every time he tried to cross the water pit, he ended up stamping in water. He would run from long distance and stop in front of the pit. He would come with much more speed, and then he would stop once again in front of pit. He would rehearse something in his mind. And one time in fact he jumped, he ended up in the landing on water in the pit. It was real fun to watch him. He would look around if some one is watching him, in action. I acted as if I was looking at my mobile screen.

Some strategy might have popped up in his mind probably.

This time he jumped beside the pit, and he measured, how much distance he could make. It was few inches behind the pit’s end.

He made changes in his jumping style and some how he was able to cross the line he drew, which is the line besides the end of pit. This time it was a big pit ahead of him. He wanted to jump from the water pit, probably he rehearsed with the line he drew at the end of water. He was able to make the jump, with the distance, by changing his strategies and way he jumps.

He took one step back, and ran as fast as he can. He came very closer to the pit and jumped from the pit. I was watching with full enthusiasm if he could make the jump.


Later that, my friend came, for whom I was waiting. But the whole incident after running through my mind, gave me a valuable lesson. Later I heard a story about swimming coach, where the coach first pushes him in water of 8 feet, and the student almost drowns. Later he is put in 4 feet, 8 feet and 10 feet and so on..

Writing is a process, you have to take such baby steps, before jumping into writing a novel.

Start by writing the whole in small plots or chapters. Then concatenate them.

Write often on WordPress or Quora or Medium and see how audience are reacting to your content. If you have done good, notice where you have done good, and if you haven’t notice that too.

This particular youtube videos, Lessons from the Screenplay clearly show, how great writers and screenplay writers made impact on a particular characters. How they have elevated a particular character is the most important pact.

Do some flash writing on reddit pages.

Vous pouvez les trouver ici:

Writing Prompts: Prompts and motivation to create something out of nothing • r/WritingPrompts

Now comes the verdict, and one defining sentence to write a book.


Is it because you have something important to tell?

Is it because you want to communicate with the friend you have lost contact years ago?

Is it your way of liberation?

What is that reason?

It helps you put more soul into the words you write.

Don’t forget to check my book at:


Publishing your book:

  • Just publish your book on Kindle.
  • Start a website and keep your book for free.
  • Self-publish or participate in any contests the major publication houses conduct.
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Jody Lebel

Jody Lebel, works at Court Reporters

Répondu il y a 148w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 1.8k et de vues de réponses 1.3m

Réponse d'origine: I'm thinking of writing a book, how do I get started?

To write a novel is not an easy task. It takes time. So the first thing is don’t worry about how long it will take before you have a completed book. It will be done when it’s done.
I suggest you write just about every day. Try not to let too much time go by between writing. You tend to lose your story, forget your characters, and lose momentum when you don’t keep at it. Save your writing work every day. You never know when your computer will crash. When I write I stop at a logical point and I always write the opening line that I’m going begin with the next day. That way I’m never stuck and I have my beginning line to get me going. I usually read what I’ve written yesterday, to get me up to speed to where I want to go today and to refresh my memory of the track the story is taking.

The way I write is I write the chapter, or perhaps just one scene if it’s complicated, and I stop. I go back and edit it, and rewrite it, and tweak it until it’s perfect. I check for verb tenses, and make sure I didn’t use too many ing or ly words. I take a look at my sentences and make sure I changed them up, meaning I used some short ones, and some longer ones. I check to make sure my writing is deep, and not passive. Meaning, I ‘show’ I don’t tell. An example of this would be the sentence: She wore her blue dress. I’d change it to: She decided to wear her blue dress, the one that hugged all her curves, and made his mouth go dry. You can almost see the dress in the second example because I “showed” it to you. Be sure your punctuation is correct. Take out any exclamation points, they are a sign of a new writer and they tell rather than show. An example of this: She yelled, “no!” OR “No,” she yelled, hitting her fist on the table so hard the dishes rattled. Once my piece is perfect, I move on. This eliminates heavy editing at the end. Some people like to write through, meaning they get the story out first, and then go back and start editing. You’ll find your own method once you get rolling.

First, pick your genre. What do you want to write? Romance? Thriller? Mystery?
I usually formulate my plot next. What’s going to happen? If it’s a mystery, who is getting killed? Why? Who does everyone think the killer is? Who is the real killer? Why did he kill? At that point I start to put in characters because I know what I need.

Characters. Make the reader want to date the hero and be best friends with the heroine. I can’t stress this enough. People read books for the characters. Think about the character Indiana Jones. We love him. We don’t care what country he goes to or what artifact he’s looking for. We want to see how he handles things. And we’ll go to movie after movie to see him. Write characters that your readers will want to see more of in your next book. Make us care about them. Make them human, meaning give them some emotional baggage.

Inner and outer conflict. Besides the main story conflict (having to solve the murder), have an inner conflict that your H/H (hero/heroine) are working on or struggling with. Indiana Jones had to go into the pit with snakes. He hates snakes. Maybe your character doesn’t trust men because she’s been hurt, but she has to trust the detective handling her case. Have them learn something and grow by the end of the book. This is “inner” conflict and readers identify with it.

Length of your book. A longer book is expensive to produce and publishing houses tend to be leery. Too short, and it’s a novella. There’s a sweet spot where readers feel they have gotten their money’s worth.
Page length for a novel:
80,000 – 89,999: Normal.
90,000 – 99,999: Generally safe
70,000 – 79,999: Might be too short; probably all right for a romance.
100,000 – 109,999: Getting on the long side.
Below 70,000: Too short
110,000 or above Too long

How long should your chapters be? They can be one page or 20 pages. This is all about your style of writing. Each chapter should move the story along in some manner. Never just throw in a chapter to talk about the weather or what your H/H is wearing or eating. Try to avoid dream scenes. Readers just hate them. They’re meaningless.
Stick to one or two points of view. Tell the story through the eyes of your H/H only if you can, and never switch POVs in the middle of a scene or paragraph. This is called head hopping and it’s another sign of a beginning writer. Editors hate it and will ask for a change.

Decide if you want to tell the story in first person limited or third person limited. There are other ways to do it but these sell the best. “I liked the movie.” First person. “She liked the movie.” Third person. Google this on-line for a better explanation because it is important. Limited means you only tell things through the eyes of the H/H, what they see and feel.

Writing is an art, but it’s a learned art. I highly suggest you take writing classes. They offer them at most community colleges and there are great classes on-line for around $25 per class. You can learn how to create compelling characters, create a story arc, learn scene writing, realistic dialogue, plot twists, killer opening sentences and chapter hooks, how to write a good villain, titles, themes, pacing, building suspense … to name just a few. You also get to bring in your work each week for the other students to critique. This is a great learning experience.

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Sonia Fanucchi

Sonia Fanucchi, I am a reader and lover of books and made it my job to read and write about them

Répondu il y a 47w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 205 et de vues de réponses 702.8k

Réponse d'origine: What are the steps to start writing a book?

I have a few books currently going through the editing stage.

This is what I did during the writing phase:

  1. Mostly, I think. This can take months, even years. It involves a lot of day dreaming, dreaming up scenarios and characters that feel alive. In this phase I am also alert to stories all around me and to characters - real-life as well as fictional. It might simply be a passing allusion - something someone says, a secondary character in some novel - that sparks my interest. Then I run with it, imagining what it would be like to insert that person into a different context, how they might grow and change.
  2. When I feel I might be onto something, I experiment. I write things - nothing coherent: snatches of conversation, a scene here or there. Most of it is rubbish. But I do it anyway, obsessively. Eventually one of these scenes will click, will ‘hit the vein’ as I like to say, and will grow beyond itself, spinning more and more possibilities.
  3. This is the most exciting stage of writing: when the story feels as if it was there all along, just waiting to pour out. The only thing that one has to do then is run with it, solving a few questions and inconsistencies. This part of the process is creative - there are some moments of pure inspiration. It is also intellectual, and often has the feeling of creating a mathematical equation, making sure that all of the parts add up.

The books that I am writing with my brother undergo a slightly different process. This is because we conceive of them dramatically.

  1. We start with character prototypes - we have a few always ready. Once we have chosen them we act them out in various scenarios. A lot of these scenarios are complete rubbish - funny, ridiculous; but fun, most importantly.
  2. If we hit on something, we do a few renditions of this - with various characters playing out the role, each one bringing a new angle, a new story to the mix.
  3. Then once we have our characters and story, we act it out spontaneously - over hours, weeks, months, years.
  4. The last stage is the writing stage. I take the material we have enacted and think how best to put it on the page. We read it together and my brother tells me if he likes it, what’s missing, what needs to be changed, etc.

There are many ways to approach writing, but I think the best advice I could give is don’t be afraid to write something bad; because, in my experience, it is paradoxically therein that the grains of something brilliant are to be found. All that you need to write well is a story and characters that live. This is hard to find, as most writing (even the better writing) is mechanical these days. You need oodles of patience and perseverance: you need to endure months, even years, of the bad stuff. But once you have hit on something vibrant, real, and beautiful - you’ll Savoir. The rest will be easy.

Anand Silodia

Anand Silodia, bibliophile

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Réponse d'origine: How does one begin writing a book?

What is the best way to start writing my first book?

The above quote comes from a prolific writer who churns out books in different genres at a very high frequency.

Let me elaborate what he means: if you keep waiting for the fire and passion, you may never be able to write a book. You need to understand and accept that creating a good piece of writing takes time, patience and hard work.

You want to write a book. How long do you think it will take you to write it? One month? Three months? A year? Do you really think that anyone can sustain a high level of enthusiasm and energy during all this time?

And writing the first draft of the book is only the first step. After that you have to do revisions - you have to clean up your manuscript, remove or rewrite whole chapters, sometimes you have to rewrite your whole book to get it right. It can be a long, painful process. And ALL professional writers do it.

You may ask why they do it if they don't feel passionate about it all the time. The answer is because they have faith in the story they want to tell and because they know that this is the only way to do it. No pain, no gain.

Don't get me wrong. I am not judging you. A lot of people start off with the wrong idea about what creative process is supposed to be like. A lot of people think that unless you feel inspired, you should not write. Unfortunately, that means you may never write anything at all.

If you don't give up and regularly keep writing during good days and bad days, you will eventually come to a point where you feel good about writing whenever you do it. It will not be fire and passion, but it will be like meeting an old friend.

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My advice: read "On Writing" by Stephen King. It's a good book to understand what it takes to be a writer. There are many more books out there which will help you hone your craft and grow as a writer, but that comes later. First get your expectations right.

Roland Bartetzko

Roland Bartetzko, I recently published a book

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Réponse d'origine: How did you write your first book?

After a lot of people were commenting on some of my Quora answers that I “must write a book!”, I gave the whole thing some thought and wrote a first draft at the end of 2016.

Many people say that “the first draft is always sh*t” and this one really was. I deleted it and didn’t think about writing books anymore until the end of last year.

I work for a small TV production company that makes comedies and our actors were planning a tour to Australia. In the meantime, I would be alone in the office with plenty of time at hand.

What is the best way to start writing my first book?

In the office and having nothing to do….

I thought “now or never!” and started with a new attempt. It went surprisingly well and after a couple of weeks, plenty of coffee and fast food, I had a book.

A journalist came up with the title and I immediately liked it: The Smell of War.

A friend of mine who is a painter gave me the permission to use one of his paintings for the cover, another one helped with the formatting, while my wife and some of her family members who live in England took care of the editing and proofreading. After all this was done, I went to another friend who has a design and publishing company to make the book ready for print.

In the meantime, I found a publisher in England who was interested to publish it, but in the end, I decided against it. I would have given away my author’s rights and the book would have ended up as just another overpriced book in some niche category (the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo) and nobody would read it.

We decided to publish a small number of copies in Kosovo and I gave all of them away as presents to my friends.

What is the best way to start writing my first book?

The first proof copies….

After some Quora users (again!) told me how to do it, I put it on Amazon, first as a Broché, Bien que l' ebook version followed a bit later. The conversion into an ebook was done by a company in Germany as I couldn’t find anyone local who was able to do it.

All in all, it was an interesting experience and I’m grateful to many people, but especially to all the folks on Quora who encouraged me. Thank you!

Terry J. Ibele

Terry J. Ibele, Fantasy Novel Writing Master Class - University of Toronto

Répondu il y a 103w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 120 et de vues de réponses 30.1k

Okay, so it seems everyone here is saying start with an outline.
Don't do that. Especially if this is your first novel.

Outlines are fantastic. They're great for structuring and planning your novel, but they also take time and they're frustrating. Many people recommend them, but I wouldn't to someone who hasn't yet started writing their first novel yet.

Why? Because what's going to happen is that you'll get stuck in an a giant analytic phase of plotting out your whole novel. A month is going to go by and you still won't have everything figured out. You're going to realize how much hard work and thinking it involves and you're going to lose steam. Pretty much guaranteed.

A better way to spend that month is just to write. Just open up a word document and start typing words.

It doesn't matter which scene you start with, or what character, or what you say. None of that matters.

All that matters is that you started. And in a month's time, you'll probably have half your novel written. Whereas if you start an outline, you won't have anything written. An outline is for someone who knows they like writing and knows how the process goes.

And who cares if what you've written isn't perfect? You're going to learn more through just the act of writing alone than any other thing.

I've wrote my first novel without an outline and you know what? It's not very good. But that's okay. I used what I learned to sell 5 short stories after I wrote that novel. And now I'm going back to my novel with an outline and I'm improving it 100%.

Every day I wake up early to write and that simple act alone is putting me ahead of 100 writers who don't write every day. Writing takes discipline and if you haven't sat down to start writing yet, you won't know if you have it in you.

I just filmed a short video about writing every day. Feel free to watch it if you think it will help: https://terryibele.com/2016/10/2...

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