How to Properly Write and Format a Book
To write a book, you first need an idea. You can get ideas from life, the
newspaper, Television, the Internet, or you can take plots from other
books. But you can't really take the plot or use the same idea. You need
to add a twist and personalize your idea so that your book won't be the
same as another person's. Also, you need to make a good impression with
an editor at a publishing house. Properly format your book. But don't
worry. Follow the steps below.
1Come up with an idea. It can be any genre, like mystery, fiction,
biography, non-fiction. Get out a piece of paper and write down some
ideas about your book. There should be the title, the plot, your
protagonist, and supporting cast.<
2Flesh out your characters so that they will seem like real people. Make
sure you know what their favorite food is and what sort of movies they
like. All these things will probably never get mentioned in the story,
but if you know all these little details, you will create characters that
could walk straight off the page.
3Start writing. Don't worry about spelling. Double space the words, and
use either Courier New size 10 or 12 or Times New Roman, the same sizes.
4Use action words that bring the story to life. Make sure your characters
don't spend too much time discussing what they're going to do. Shift them
out of that chair and have them doing it.
5Find the right nouns. Don't use too many adjectives to describe your
6Edit your book. When you finish, now is the time to check spelling and
7Check punctuation and things like that. Always carry a thesaurus,
dictionary, and encyclopedia while writing. You may need to look up words
or find meanings and spelling or find another word to use. You may want
to edit a few times.
8Print out a few copies, and give one each to your friends and family,
and have them make suggestions. Don't feel bad if they say your book is
horrible. It really isn't.
9Find a book agent. When you're finished editing, go to your library and
look up book agents.
10Check what the agent wishes to see first. Some agents want a query
letter first, some want to see the first chapter, or three chapters, and
some want a synopsis. Agents are busy people - send them what they ask
for and then wait. Don't regret writing if you get a rejection slip. It
happens, and remember that writing is a business.
11If your book is published, throw a party and celebrate. Sign up for
public speaking events and book signings. Don't worry about your age,
because if you are a child or teen, you can target other children, even
12If you want to,you can put your name on the cover or even add a twist
to your name! (i.e.if your name is Tom Popoll, change it to Tommy
You need a clear workspace to write.
And most importantly of all, keep writing.
When you get a rejection slip, send out another query packet and hope for
the best results.
Try to set a minimum word limit every day.
Most published writers get many rejection slips before they are finally
You won't become the next Mary Pope Osborne overnight. She took some
practice, and look at how many books she's written and published. A lot!
Try your hardest at writing. If you don't want writing as a career if you
get too many rejection slips, don't feel bad.
Things You'll Need
A computer and printer
A creative mind
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