Steps To: How to Write a Book- Post Three

Student Writing

After deciding on your topic, writing an outline and doing your research, it is now time to start writing. In the last post, you were told to write your first sentence. The main sentence of the whole manuscript is the first one. It tells the reader what the book will be about to some point and then it will draw them in.

Begin writing your first paragraph by using your thesis sentence. Then work on one paragraph at a time. Don’t tell everything that will happen in your first paragraph. Leave the reader guessing what will happen next. Don’t go into a full head-on discussion about each character. That is what dialogue is for, to bring in more information about the characters and their reactions to things. To learn more about dialogue, visit this link:

Word upon word, line upon line, here a little and there a little. Then before long you will have a full manuscript. Don’t expect to finish your first book in a month or less. It usually doesn’t work this fast; unless you plan on staying awake without sleeping, working or resting. Don’t worry about editing at this point. Editing should come after you have completed the entire manuscript.

To learn more about editing, visit these two post.



Good luck and get started! Prepare an area where you can write without too many distractions. Put your answering machine on and relax. It will come to you if you have done your research and followed the previous two posts that I wrote.

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Steps To: How to Write a Book- Post Two

After you have decided on what topic that you are going to write about, the next step is writing an outline.
Some authors use this approach each and every time they start writing their novels. It is a good way to get an insight into how your book will flow.

In college I took English 101 where the main thing we did was write essays. Each essay had to have an introductory paragraph with a thesis sentence, at least three paragraphs that explain your thesis, and a conclusion. You can look at that and get an idea of how you what to set up an outline. Your introductory paragraph should have a thesis or first sentence that grabs your reader’s attention. It should give the reader some clue what the book will be about.

Once you have a thesis sentence and your topic, write an outline about things you might want to talk about in the story. Brainstorm for at least five minutes writing down things that might interest the reader. Come up with at least your main character. You don’t have to have all the character names and qualities decided, but it helps to have at least your main character developed in your mind. If your topic is about medicine, history, education, sports you might not need a character to tell the story.

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Example of an outline:

Topic: Football
Thesis: Walter Peyton was the greatest running back of the century, leading the Chicago Bears to the Superbowl.

I Hall of Famer
II. His Position
III Stats

“Sweetness” as some known him was one of the best players for the Chicago Bears during his thirteen seasons. He is one of the most memorable running backs of all time. His stats of most yards gained, touchdowns, yards for carry, and his endurance earned him his ‘Hall of Fame’ award in 1993.

Brainstorming Example


Why Editing is Necessary

If you are a new author than this post is for you.  Most established authors know exactly why editing their manuscript is necesssary.  I will try to cover some of the major reasons on this blog post.

First of all, we need to understand what exactly does editing mean.  Editing is the process of selecting and preparing writtten, visual, audible and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work (Wikipedia: free encyclopedia).

Secondly, editing is important because you want your readers to come back and buy your books.  If your book is hard to understand, your readers will become annoyed and irritated.  If errors are distracting than they may simply put the book down because they can not get into the story-line.  Some people don’t think that misplaced commas matter but let me tell you that they do.

Next, editing your work will cut out the clutter.  You will notice that some things in your manuscript should be left out, due to redundancy and unclear expressions.  They will often bore or confuse the reader.

Last of all, editing is important especially to the publisher.  If you are searching for an agent or a publisher, you need to present your work as clean as possible.  Most agents will put your work down if they cannot get through all the typos, incomplete sentences, comma splices, subject-verb disagreements.  The list goes on and on.

Written by: Tracy Kauffman

Tracy Kauffman is a Christian fiction author of Young Adult and Children Stories.  She grew up in Alabama but has traveled to different parts of the world.  She loves taking cruises and traveling with her family.  Her favorite place that she has been to is the Grand Canyon.

Tracy has an associates degree in Nursing.  She is a registered nurse and works part time in a local nursing home.  The rest of the time she spends her time writing books and marketing them.  Her titles include: Gwendolyn’s Wish, Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks.

Tracy started writing poetry at a small age and won the title of editor in her school newspaper, when she was in second grade.  She had her first poem published in a online writing contest called, The Cosmetology Student.  She decided to write her first book, Southern Adventures, when her son left home for the Air Force.

She loves writing and hopes to be able to inspire her readers into living a happy healthier life.  She feels like her own life experiences have made her a better writer.  Learn more about her by visiting her website.

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Writing Quality Content

Many people can write and perhaps pay a publisher to publish their book, but is it really a great book?

Writing a book is more than putting down a few words on paper.  It takes time, energy and a motivated individual to write a story.  A story whether fiction or nonfiction should capture the interest of the reader or audience by having a balance of interesting characters, appealing storyline, and the essentials elements of a story.

These include:

  • Setting- the time and location of where the story takes place.
  • Plot-planned series of events that take place in the story.
  • Point of View-the point of view of how the story is told.
  • Theme-the central idea or meaning the author is trying to convey.
  • Conflict-the opposition of forces that the main character has to face.

Writing a quality book must come from an author who takes the time to research their topic to some degree. (Some genres such as fairy tales takes less research than others.)

An author has to overcome obstacles such as writers block and earning credibility.  Even in fiction books, the readers want to be able to believe in the story.  If you have ridiculous things that don’t make any sense, the reader will lose interest and the author will lose their credibility.

Writers block can be detrimental to authors but can be overcome with patience and practice.  Tips for overcoming writers block could be:

  1. Brainstorming- writing down words or phrases of things that you want to talk about.
  2. Writing about things you know
  3. Writing about things that inspire you

Last of all, think about your readers when you write.  Make sure you edit your work because the reader will lose interest if they do not understand what they are reading.  Misplaced commas, quotations, spelling errors can lead the reader off track.  Editing your work should come after a brief period away from your writing.  If you try to edit something as you write, it takes twice as long to catch all of the errors, because your brain knows what you meant to say even though the paper says something different.  Consider your writing from your readers point of view.

  • Is the content appropriate to the story line.
  • Is the reader going to understand what you are trying to say.
  • Is the reader going to believe in your credibility to tell the story.

A writer is someone who cares about what they are writing whether it is  fiction or nonfiction.  They came up with an idea that they wanted to share with the world.  A true writer is not one that publishes books for profit alone, but for the art of writing.

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