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A BEGINNERS GUIDE: to writing a first book


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.


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.



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.


❚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.


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WRITE A BOOK: Is something holding you back?



Many of us have a dream of writing a book, but how many of us actually write a book? If we believe the statistics, it appears 82% of us still yearn to achieve that goal. So, want is preventing that 82% of us from ever fulfilling that dream? I don’t know for sure about anyone else’s reason, for not writing. But I do know the main reasons I didn’t attempt to write a book until I’d retired. I will share them with you, and how I managed to see my book published.


Time is a precious commodity, and busy people are often reluctant to use a free moment to waste on a dream. The misconception of giving up the life you now know, to write a book and get it published is wrong. True, you will need to do a little more planning, but it is achievable.

It isn’t necessary to write every day, but if you can squeeze even a few minutes out of your hectic life, you will get into the habit of writing, and of course, your book gets written and finished quicker. Now that’s a bonus!


To develop the habit of writing, try and write at the same time each day. Just write in small chunks. See if you can complete 250 words in the time you’ve allocated for yourself. You can then graduate to little more as you become more proficient at storytelling.

Do you own a laptop or tablet? Can you write a few sentences in your break at work, or rise an hour earlier in the mornings, as I believe Joan Collins states she does? Neither of these methods worked for me. When I was at work I could never depend on a break, and to get up early is so aberrant to me I shudder at the thought, but it could work for you.

The most significant portion of my writing time was stolen from watching TV. Instead of arriving home each night and just plonking myself in front of the television (to watch a load of rubbish) I set an amount of time I was able to spare and began to write a book.

 Miraculously I found the time; it just appeared the more I got involved with the writing. Start small, even with just a sentence or two, you’re not in a race, so take your time.

I read this tip in several articles and used it myself with some success. Leave your work halfway through a sentence, so that when you return to it, you will need to finish the sentence. Using this strategy helps you start back writing without wasting any time. My little personal hint is to use the sticky notes on your computer to just write one or two words to remind you what to do with that sentence.


You’ve managed to find some time, but now can’t ever envisage being able to write a book somebody may enjoy. You can, but you’ll never know unless you try. If you’re worried your confidence will disappear too soon, don’t tell anybody you’re writing a book until you have a few chapters under your belt. Nobody knew my little secret until I had published my first eBook, it was my guilty secret. What a buzz when people found out, it made everything worth it.

I was frightened people would ridicule me, in fact, it’s the exact opposite and wished I hadn’t left it so late in my life.

Once I’d set my mindset to write, my confidence grew with each chapter and by the time I’d reached that incredible landmark of having completed 5000 words I knew I could do it.


Don’t worry if that first draft isn’t perfect, so long as you included the relevant details from your completed Ideas & Plot Outline. Even famous authors often think their first drafts are rubbish, so don’t ever give up. When you start editing that is the time to spruce up the manuscript ready for publishing.

Guess what? My book isn’t perfect I managed to revise it twice after publishing on Kindle. This task is so easy to do with Kindle publishing. So, relax, just write, errors and all, and get your story down and on paper. Most mistakes you will iron out later. We will discuss editing in another blog – coming soon. Remember there is no such thing as perfect, what we are aiming for is, quality and entertainment.

Find a way to accept and be okay with things if you fail and learn from your mistakes. It’s not the end of the world. Give yourself grace.  Start again and learn from the experience.


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The biggest OBSTACLE is often one I can’t solve from a distance, and that’s YOU.

Take a long hard look at yourself and your life and decide if you still really, desperately want to find the solutions to boost your confidence; to enable you to knock down those challenges standing in the way of your dream – to write a book. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you want it hard enough.

Is your hunger strong enough? Are you going to face the challenges face-on? Do you still want to write that book?

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YOUR BOOK-COVER: are books judged by them?


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.


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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.


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.

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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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