How to write a book?

Writing a book is no simple task, and it may be intimidating for most writers, especially to those who have never written a book before. But it does not have to be. Here, I will share some basic steps on how to write a book or at least make the whole process easier.

  1. First of all, decide what type of book you want to write. A novel? A help book? Academics?
  2. Once you have decided on what book you want to write, select a topic or a genre. Preferably, one you enjoy and love so you will not get lost or get bored throughout the project. If you are still confused, make a list of what you want to write, and from there, start eliminating until you are left with one.
  3. Get inspired by reading some books of your selected topic/genre. By reading them, you will get yourself pumped up with this project.
  4. If you decide to write a story, think of a plot for your book. If you are writing a guidebook, make notes on the topics you want to touch.
  5. Write a short summary of your book and make sure you can always see it. Maybe tape it on a wall in front of you. That way, you can always read it and stay on the path.
  6. Make a table of contents or write the topic per chapter for your book. By doing this, you organize your book into smaller areas so you will not feel overwhelmed. Make sure to make the climax(later chapters) compelling.
  7. Now write an outline per chapter so you know what should be written there. Maybe a couple of sentences explaining what goes on in that particular chapter.
  8. If you are writing a story, this is the time you create the characters, the world, and the overall details. Make sure the characters are intriguing and not one-dimensional. Also, try to make sure the conflict is interesting not just for you but for the readers. Try to be original about it too as readers tend to be critical of stories that are not original.
  9. Start writing per chapter. Follow your guidelines (step 7) so you know what to write and will not stray.
  10. Learn to take a break when you feel you are overwhelmed or tired. You are not helping your work if you push yourself too hard.
  11. Once you finished writing your book, read it all again.
  12. Rewrite the areas you are not satisfied with. Maybe plots you find lacking or certain details you think needs fleshing out.
  13. Edit your work. Hire an editor if you need to. Then reread it all again.
  14. When you are satisfied, decide on a book’s title. Something that can get the reader’s attention.
  15. Decide your book’s cover art and title font/logo. Hire an artist if you need to.
  16. Find a publisher to publish your book, or you can self-publish it.