How do you start writing a book

Writing a book - 7 tips for aspiring authors

Writing a book - just how?

Writing a book is a dream that many people cherish. But just as many do not dare to make this dream come true. The uncertainties and apparent hurdles to write a text and approach a publisher are too great.

Inner calm and flow: Writing is good for us

That's a shame, because writing is good for you: It gives you inner peace, brings us into contact with memories and the subconscious, fills us with satisfaction. It is even possible that you experience a "flow" in your writing lessons. The texts that emerge are valuable and our personality continues to develop positively.


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Write a book - anyone can do it with these tips

The following tips will help you get started with writing and answer questions about structuring and publishing. Then all you have to do is start typing - and make your dream come true.

Tip 1: find the topic

You are sure to have a lot of ideas floating around in your head about what to write about. Take 15 minutes and write down any book ideas that come to mind. Ask yourself: What do I help other people with and with what? What would I most like to write about? When you look over the list after that, you may be more attracted to some topics than others. Mark three of them. Then you label a sheet of paper with an idea and write down keywords. A mind map is best for this. If you look at the three sheets of paper after another quarter of an hour, your gut instinct will tell you what your first book should be about.

Tip 2: push uncertainties aside

Don't you start writing because you don't feel "good enough" for it yet? Then make it clear to yourself that there will always be something that you do not yet know or cannot. That shouldn't prevent you from compiling the preliminary table of contents from your mind map. Bringing the keywords from the mind map into the logical order of a table of contents brings you one step closer to your own book.

Tip 3: decide on a genre

Take a look at your bookshelf. Which books are you still raving about today? There are sure to be books that have made a significant difference to you personally. Is a genre crystallizing in which you also see yourself? Here too, trust your gut feeling.


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Tip 4: ask yourself who you are writing for

Another important question is who you are writing for. Realize who you want to reach. Imagine people writing to you about how great they think your book is. What did you like in particular? What did you help them with?

Tip 5: write and stay tuned

Writing an entire book often seems like a mammoth task. But with a writing plan you will succeed. You don't have to retire to a lonely island for six weeks to write, it can also be accommodated in everyday life. If you reserve one or two hours to write three times a week in the morning or in the evening, you will quickly get closer to your goal of “My own book”. Important: Enter the writing dates in your calendar!

Tip 6: the order

If you're writing a non-fiction, children's book, or guidebook, you don't need to fill in the chapters in order. With a novel or biography, it's easier to start at the beginning with the first book.

Extra tip: Don't bother too long at the beginning. You can revise it later. It is more important to get on with the whole book.


Ulla Nedebock has worked for publishers for many years and is the author of numerous guides and children's books. She leads people from the book idea to the finished book - In her latest title "Write a book, find a publisher", the author shows how to make your dream of a book come true in 10 steps. www.ullanedebock.com


Tip 7: Find a publisher or publish yourself

There are several ways to become a book author. You can contact the editorial offices of the publishers directly. To do this, you should put together a very good book exposé in order to stand out from the crowd, and you should only contact publishers who are relevant to the topic. Many authors also find a publisher through literary agencies. They offer your manuscript to publishers and earn money from it when a publishing contract is concluded.

Another option is self-publishing. There are many Internet providers for this. If you have a certain demand for layout and cover design, you have to invest a few more hours of work or money.


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