WRITING TIPS: How Do I Write a Book?
HOW DO I WRITE MY BOOK?
by Heather Haliah Covington
(Founder of Disilgold.com)
A: Before you write a book, take this questionnaire.
1. What is the purpose for writing the book?
2. What is the genre of the book I am writing?
3. Who is my audience?
4. Will this book hold my attention to complete it from start to finish?
5. What benefits will it serve me to write this book?
6. Is my book idea marketable?
7. How will I market this book?
8. How will I begin writing this book?
9. Am I willing to spend ample time to develop my book, research, fact check and perfect my book so it can compete with books on the mainstream market?
WHAT IS MY PURPOSE FOR WRITING MY BOOK?
4. Awards & Recognition
5. To reach the bestseller list
6. To release my emotions
7. To share knowledge
8. To convert my book into a big screen hit
9. To acquire a future book deal
10. To leave behind my legacy
WHAT IS THE GENRE OF MY BOOK?
A: There are many genres. Some genres do not sell well in bookstores. Others are trend setters, meaning a specific genre may be in today, but gone tomorrow.
Some popular genres are:
2. science fiction
4. urban drama
7. How To
9. Self Help
12. Children’s Books
13. Niche Books
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH GENRE TO WRITE?
A: Choose a genre you are knowledgeable and excited about. Never follow books that suggest that authors stick to one kind of genre. Be versatile and unpredictable. Do book series, and move on to new genres. The power of creation is of the essence. Limiting yourself to one self is no self in other words. Be you. Write about your inhibitions, things that make you happy and ideas that release emotions. There may be a Stephen King, Dean Koontz or Mary Higgins Clark in you.
WHO IS MY AUDIENCE AND WHO WILL I MARKET MY BOOK TO?
A: Never limit your marketing to any audience. You’ll be surprised to find out how many suburban teenagers are reading hardcore gangster novels, and while many married women read books about the single life.
Never underestimate the value of a book. Determine your audience only if this is who you plan to market your book to only. If not, do not determine an audience. Reach beyond the expectations of genre and audience marketing. Don’t let society dictate what category to fit your writing in. This is dangerous and limits your longevity. Least you place a curse on yourself by generalizing your writing style.
WILL PEOPLE BUY MY BOOK?
A: If you have the same passion to sell your book like when you wrote it, then of course, the book will sell.
HOW DO I WRITE MY BOOK?
A: You formulate an idea, brainstorm plots with conflict. When these plots and conflicts are interesting enough,then you write the story. You may use an outline or write free style. Use everyday elements around you to enhance your work, and research all generalizations and facts to account for accurate events, times, places and character analysis. Make sure your characters are authentic and believable. Do not limit yourself to any time frame or number of pages.
On a cold and stormy night, you may very well write a complete novel and I’m not kidding. Those people who doubt human expectations are fools. Those who say you can’t always achieve and leave you with the do nots. Close your ears to the world of naysayers and just write.
You will know how and when you have completed your work. You will feel elated and like you conquered the world and climbed over a mountain.
Never write to account for creating more books than any other human being. This is not quality writing. Outdoing yourself will leave you feeling unsatisfied with prior works and seeking better, when you already had a million dollar seller.
Take time to nurture your achievements and even if it is just one book.