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A BEGINNERS GUIDE: to writing a first book

A BEGINNERS GUIDE

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK – A beginners guide

The first thing beginners should know: there is no rule about writing. People think in different ways and writes differently as well. That’s why you will find similarities on the books written by the same author and variation on books of separate writers.

ARTICLES about WRITING

Many of the articles you find on this topic are written by different authors which leads to differing opinions. So never get confused for which one to follow. It is useful if you pick this or that from several writings but, although none of those might be useful to you.

However, writing a few pages and completing a book are two very different things. Most people think of writing a book after they have written some pages and only a few of them could complete it. Because the beginning of a story is fairly easy, but the ending can be a positive challenge.

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO RULES

WRITING RULES FOR BEGINNERS

If we stay on the ‘no rules about writing’ theme, beginners will soon realise that’s not absolutely, true, although it does apply to your creativity.  There ARE rules about grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure that both the beginner and experienced writers need to adhere.

When, as a writing beginner starting to write a book, you need to be aware of some simple things to enable you to complete your book. Some factors may be different depending on the genre you choose.

TIPS FOR WRITING BEGINNERS.

❚Write any way you’d like. Develop your own style. You’re the artist. As a newbie, you have the freedom to choose your own way of putting your thoughts into words. Nobody tells painters what to paint or how to paint or anything else. Even though many people say some paintings have no meaning all.  It doesn’t matter, just choose what is right for YOU.

❚Choosing a topic might be difficult if you haven’t sorted anything out yet. Pick something that brings out your passions. Sooner or later, the joy of writing will become a tedious rut. Choose a rut you’ll enjoy being in for the long bumpy ride to your destination.

❚Start creating an outline of the plot. This is meant to serve as a very rough guideline to hold the plot in place. You don’t have to follow it accurately; feel free to improvise while you write. Draw out your characters and show how different events and characters interact and affect each other.

❚Build up your belief in yourself. You must believe that you can write and that you can go from a beginner to an expert. Learn to recognise negative thoughts and actions and replace them with positive ones. One negative belief is, “I don’t have time,” or “This is a waste of time.” Replace those thoughts with, “I have plenty of time to do what I want to do.”

❚Find a writing space. You will need an acceptable space, which allows you to work without interruption. It will need to accommodate your chosen writing method (pen and paper/type on a typewriter/type on a computer) and be comfortable. Try not to get distracted – turn off all the apps. that may disrupt your train of thought.

❚Lastly, the most important thing is being patient, beginner writers do NOT write books overnight. You’re in for a long haul. This may take a year or more. But don’t give up, this is what makes a writer – a tenacity to NEVER give up.

MORE INFORMATION

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YOUR BOOK-COVER: are books judged by them?

BOOK-COVERS

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on holiday and have had the chance to lie back in the sun and take stock of things. What I’d noticed is that one of my books was not doing particularly well. Disaster! What to do to increase my sales?

Fortunately, there is a great deal of information on the internet from some very experienced people, who’ve been there, done that and probably got the tee-shirt. And what all seem to agree with is – your book-cover can either sell or bomb your books.

Well, I’m not one to shirk a challenge, so, I decided to take that one problem book, follow the expert’s advice and see what happens.

TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE YOUR BOOK-COVER

book covers

This is the original book-cover. I paid to have this cover designed, and to be honest, I liked it. So, I was very brave and began to think about whether I should or should not risk changing my book cover.

  • First of all, before deciding on my book-cover’s fate, I rechecked the contents, added a little and removed a little, re-edited and re-proofed.
  • Then I looked at the categories my book was entered in to (you are allowed two categories when publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing) and neither were doing my book any good – so I changed them too.
  • Keywords were my next task; these are deemed by everyone in the marketing industry as crucial and has been one of the areas I struggle with. You’re allowed up to seven keywords with KDP. So I set about doing a little research and found what I think will be better ones for my book – only time will tell.

NOW TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE BOOK-COVER

Finally, all that was left for me to do was to take another, long and critical look at my book-cover. I really didn’t want to change it; I’d got used it, and as mentioned before, I quite liked it.

Deep breath, I made the decision it had to go! I could always revert back it if things didn’t turn out well with a new book-cover – couldn’t I?

But, there was one big problem for me. I’d spent quite a bit of money on book-cover designs and was rather reluctant to spend again and not get any results. Woohoo – Amazon to the rescue. I used their book-cover generator. Not recommended by everyone, but as this is an experiment I was willing to give it a try. Here is the result.

books by Katie

RESULTS OF CHANGING THE BOOK-COVER

First of all, it cost nothing! Which to me is a bonus if you’re just beginning your writing journey. It was extremely easy to create a cover, although a little restrictive for creativity.

I feel at this stage the new book-cover conveys what I was trying to achieve – happy people!

And the best results of all was a significant increase in the book’s ranking on KDP. I will monitor the sales or non-sales and share with you the results.

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