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Start Writing a Book: An Ultimate Guide for Young Authors
Whether you are a college student who wants to master the art of writing or an IT professional who aims to publish a personal book, this article is made for you. No wordiness, no useless advice. Let us get started. Kind of a perfect introduction to “how to start writing a book” guide, is not it?

Dear reader, first and foremost, remember that there is no such thing as “Start writing a book in 15 minutes” guide or “steps to writing a book in 3 days”. It is the same as “how to lose 15 pounds in one day” diet, that is not going to work. So, do not even waste your time reading such essays and blogs. The purpose of this article is to help you not only get started to write your book but also finish it. It is the ultimate goal so that you can have your message be heard.

Secondly, remember that thinking about writing a book or wanting to write the book is not writing itself. This is what you can spend years of your life on. Thinking that you are not ready yet or that you need more time to pull all the ideas together and leave a mark is an awful excuse. If your thoughts are stars you can’t fathom into constellations, you are at the right place. Let us show you where to start when writing a book.

The Pitfall of Writing a Book for the First Time

How to get started writing a book? One of the main hurdles of young authors and writers have is that they make writing a book to be this big task, this ginormous thing in their head which is so overwhelming that they do not know how to get started. It is like writing a history assignment, you feel sick thinking about it. A high-quality yet cheap paper is a way out. In a real-life situation, any time you look at anything in that long perspective, the chances of you actually doing it are slim to none. I want to invite you to look at things in a bit of a different way.

80% of success is psychology, and only 20% are mechanics. So, take this long process of writing a book and instead chunk it down into smaller, more achievable pieces. A book is just a series of chapters. When you look at this way, it becomes a lot easier for your mind to wrap your head around and to get started on it. Look at a chapter as just a blog post, an article, an essay. It might be a couple of hundred words or a couple of thousand words. Break it down into bite-sized steps. That is not so hard. Unfortunately, there is no “write my book” option, but you can take advantage of the alternative way – “write my essay.”

How to Begin Writing a Book While You Are Procrastinating?

What is procrastination? It is the process of delaying something that should be done. What is the reason? People just link and associate pain to doing “something that should be done.” Maybe, in your mind, you are making it too big and too overwhelming. What you need to do in order to be more motivated and overcome the procrastination is to start linking and associating pain to not doing it, to not completing the book and not taking action on it.

Pain is a good thing if you can use it and channel it to take action. The point is to get yourself a little bit disturbed and unsatisfied so that you can get up leverage on yourself. So, ask these questions – why is it a must for you to write a book? What is it going to cost you in your life if you do not write this book? What if you do not get your message heard? What does it already require you to do? Was it going cost you overall happiness? What about your pride and self-esteem?

How Do You Start Writing a Book When There is Nothing Original?

Stop twisting yourself into pretzels over the idea of being a perfect, original or winning author. We can guarantee another author has already done and written about this. Do not waste your time on this. What brings an original spark to your book is how you write it. Figure out the main feature which is going to differ your book from thousands of others. For example, you can tell the story in a reverse sequence or describe all the essential scenes by using all the five senses, you can come up with an impressive last line which will make your readers cry/laugh/wonder, or you can add a couple of hilarious real-life stories. The details make your writing different.

The Snowflake Method: Writing a Book Outline

You as a young author can rely on inspiration flows, however, you can’t work like that all the time. If you do not master the art of the writing techniques, you will end up with the writer’s block, sooner or later. That is why one of the key rules in our guide to writing a book is to map out ahead of time using the snowflake method.

Have you ever made a snowflake out of paper? Firstly, you take a rough paper triangle and then start working on each part separately. Your first book can be projected in the same way – break things down into a couple of stages.

First one is to decide on your genre, main topic and conflict. Do you remember what kind of books you have read more than once? Was it science fiction, horror stories or drama? We highly recommend you to start your writing career with a novel. It is quite a simple genre where you are not limited to the set of requirements like the number of pages, the constant use of metaphors or the first-person narrative. Once you have chosen a genre, work on your major topic, and conflict. They can take just a couple of sentences. Sounds not so hard, does not it?

The next step is to expand your sentences into three paragraphs. Write down more details on your story answering three simple questions – who, where, and when? Think over your characters, spell out the name of our protagonists, the special traits of their characters, features, attire.

The third stage is to add the so-called “suspense” to your book which makes the readers uncertain about the outcome. For instance, make your character trust an unreliable person, add foreshadowing with a mini-scene of your climax, or end a chapter with a cliffhanger. The “suspense” or “the unexpected” makes the audience know more than the hero does and worry about it. Do not forget about the cause and effect. It is a linked series of events which create a dynamic chain of occurrence. Everything happens for a reason, right?

The last step is to make your book stand out. How do you do that? By adding concrete, specific details. It is the lifeblood of storytelling. It convinces us and makes your story different. I should also tell you that none of those techniques mean anything without authenticity (the big word for “honesty”). Do not afraid to sound funny, silly, or embarrassing. Explain to the reader how you feel mentally, emotionally, physically. It helps your audience connect on a human level. Without it, your story will sound like the dry set of facts no one wants to read to.

Our so-called “writing a book for dummies” guide is due to end. And the main thing we want you to remember is that 80% of success is “why you are doing something,” the rest 20% is the hell you can go through taking step by step.