Write a Book: 4 Easy Ways to Start Your Book TODAY

Write a Book: 4 Easy Ways to Start Your Book TODAY

Want to write a book? You can. Here’s how.

Get started writing your book today

You want to write a book. You’ve heard that there’s money to be made (LOTS of money) as a self-publisher when you write novels for the Kindle and other ereader platforms.

You’re ready, willing and able, but… you don’t know how to start.

It’s easy.

Here’s how to prime your writing pump.

1. Write 20 Titles

This is your chance to be as outrageous as you choose. You can make your titles funny, mysterious, sad — anything but plain vanilla.

Can’t think of anything?

Go to Amazon.com, and click around. If you want to write nonfiction, look at the top nonfiction bestsellers. Similarly, look at the fiction bestsellers if you’re writing a novel.

Ideas:

* Choose an evocative noun (fiction: “blood”; “temptation”; “death”; “river”) and riff off it;

* Use a number: (nonfiction: “100 Ways to…”; “10 Things No One Told You About…”; “50 Easy Ways to…”) and fill in the blanks;

* Grab a word from a dictionary, and base your title on it. This works best with a paper dictionary. You can open the dictionary anywhere, close your eyes, and place your finger on any word.

I use an electronic dictionary, by choosing a letter, for example “i” and adding vowels until something I like pops up: “ia”; “ie” etc. I chose “ie”, which gave no results, but then the dictionary gave me “ig” which did.

Interesting “ig” words I liked include: “ignite” and “ignore”.

I could use these words in a title, however, if I were seriously looking for a title, I’d use a thesaurus on these words.

For example: “ignite” brings up: “Heating: heat, warm, chafe, foment, make hot, burn, fire, set fire to, set on fire, kindle, enkindle, light, ignite, melt, thaw, fuse, liquefy, burn…”

Remember, your titles should be outrageous. This gets your subconscious mind “igniting.” 🙂

2. Write 20 Weird First Sentences

Here are some phrases to get you started:

* I knew I was alone, but then…

* He looked at her, smiled, and then…

* They found the body…

* She knew it would be a bad day…

* She got her greatest wish…

The key is not to think about it — just write.

3. Write About Your Scariest Experience Ever

I’ve been badly scared three times in my life that I can clearly remember. I wouldn’t want to relive these experiences, but if I wanted to start a book, I’d write a couple of paragraphs about one of these experiences.

Your aim isn’t to include the experience in your book — it’s to mine the emotion generated from your memories. All emotion is energy. You can use the energy to write.

You’ll find that once you’ve written a couple of paragraphs and have scared yourself, you’ll start writing — and hey presto, you’ve started writing a book.

4. Choose a Fairy Tale, and Retell It

Fairy tales are fun. Screenwriters and novelists use them constantly in their work, either overtly, by retelling the fairy tale, or as inspiration.

Spend ten minutes reading Grimm’s fairy tales.

Now choose a fairy tale, and think about how you might place the tale into a modern setting.

This works for both fiction, and nonfiction. If you’re writing nonfiction, think about the lesson the fairy tale teaches.

The easiest way to start your book is just to sit down and write. There’s not much more to writing a book than that.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.