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So how do you start writing a book?

Tips and demands to the starting writer

So how do you start writing a book?
Only the thought of writing a book is giving people a headache. We look at a book of 200-300 pages, but we don’t have an idea how to write the first page, not even the first sentence.
Well, at least these were my thoughts regarding writing a book, but since I am a gunner in the army with plenty of free time, I decided to give it a shot, and what started in the tiny army notebook continued to the paper sheets and the keyboard.

The truth is, I surprised myself a bit (my friends were ecstatic), but not enough (the pros weren’t as thrilled), and after receiving many encouragements along with a slap in the face, I gained knowledge that can help you, the up-and-coming writers.

What’s the recipe to a successful writer?

4 pounds of talent – not everyone can be writers, but you won’t know until you give it a shot. Even a tiny spark of talent along with passion can do the job!

3 pounds of book- reading – it’s extremely important to read books, especially if you started writing one. From that moment and on every book you read will double its value for you, especially if it’s written in the same point of view of your book.

1 pound of time – despite the fact it takes time to write a book, it shouldn’t concern you too much. Even 20 minutes a day to finish the book within a year is enough, in addition to a few monthly hours for typing + revisions.

1 pound of pleasure – you need to enjoy the writing, make these 20 minutes a day a fun time for you.

1 pound of imagination – the idea, and the plot inside the book is just as important as the writing itself, so being imaginative is key.

1 pound of paper – useful, right?

And now for the tips…

Plot – don’t be in a rush to start writing. Take your time to think about a good idea for the book. Even though you can change the plot at any given time, you should know the overall summary and moral of the book. Don’t write about crappy, old subject. Think of a subject that will be unique to your story.

The characters – before you start writing, or at least before you reach a certain character, take a break and write some side notes about the character. You must have the character running in your head, as like you know her, know how she would act in any given situation. A good way to make that happen is to base the character on someone you know, or even a TV character of some sort. Remember: the character has to act according to its personality and its motives, not according to its role in the book.

Feelings – figure out a way to express the feelings of the character (especially the main one), at any given moment. Anger, happiness, pain, love, longing, only this way the readers will be able to connect with the characters of your book.

Credibility – make sure the story is credible and the characters are acting with reason and making sense.

Typos and grammar issues – it happens to everyone, especially when you type quickly, and even if you have an unbearable amount of mistakes, it shouldn’t determine whether your book is good or not, because you can always revise things and that’s why you have an editor.

A notebook, a pen and let’s get to work – I personally think that it’s better to write in a notebook, this way you can comfortably write on your bed lying down, and it’s more accessible. You can also rewrite the worse parts and fix mistakes.

Hope I could be of service. If you want to dive deeper on the subject, you are more than welcomed to ask the real pros, or you can just take out a pencil and a piece of paper and write. Who knows, maybe you’ll turn out to be the next Shmuel Agnon.

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