24 Sep

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

PROLOGUE

Have you ever had a moment when you are sipping your morning coffee and you start talking to yourself about how dolphins are actually undercover ninjas? Or you were reading the business papers and suddenly figure out how to dominate the stock market? All books start out as a seed of an idea but not everybody gets to grow the tree. So to guide you on how to write a book, here are 3 quick and simple steps.

1. CREATING THE CONCEPT AND CHARACTERS

Before you write your book, you must first create and research on the concept of your story. Who will be the main characters? What are their personalities and backgrounds? Where and when will the story take place? Make your readers see clearly in their mind what you are writing about by using vivid descriptions of how blue the sky is, or how delicious that steaming big bowl of ramen is. Think about your target audience. Your language and use of words will be different depending if you are writing for a child or an adult.

2. OUTLINING THE PLOTwriting a book

Once you have a firm grasp on your concept and characters, it is time to write your first book! All stories have a beginning and an end. But what happens in between is important, too. To organize your story, create a timeline or a plot. How will the story start? What major conflicts will the main characters have? How will they react to each challenge? Introduce a “twist”, an unexpected change in your story’s direction, to keep your readers hooked. Of course, do not forget to finish the story with an ending that will leave a lasting impression.

3. SETTING YOUR CREATIVE SPACE

As this is your first time to write a book, you need to build a creative habit. Are you more comfortable writing by hand, or by using an old-fashioned typewriter? Choose the most conducive environment to keep your creative juices flowing. If you write better when surrounded by people and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, proceed to the nearest coffee shop. Or place a writing desk in your room with a bag of your favorite chips on the side. Do you write best at 6AM or 6PM? Stick to a schedule. Remember: do not slack off and work through writer’s block. Incorporate writing within your daily schedule and you are on your way to complete the next bestseller.

EPILOGUE

After successfully finishing your book, it is up to you to decide what to do afterwards. Ask your friends to read your story and solicit their comments. If you want to take it to the next level, contact an agent who can provide professional advice and help get your book published. Most importantly, be proud of your achievement. And if you get another seed of an idea, start writing a book again!