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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