Want to write a book? You can. Here’s how.
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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.
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.
* 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.
Why write serial fiction?
Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.
It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.
If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.More info →
Your readers want to enter your novel's world. They want to experience your book -- they want to live your book with your main characters.More info →
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