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How to Write a Book: a Step-By-Step Guide

As an award-winning author of almost thirty novels, I can teach you how to write a book in this step-by-step guide. Writing a book is easier than you think, especially if you break it down into manageable parts. I’ve mentored dozens of new authors on their road to publication, and I created this series as a jumping-off point for new and aspiring authors.

How to Write a Book

The writing series I have created incorporates the knowledge and information I have garnered in my thirteen years as a hybrid author, laid out in easy-reading articles designed to help you not only to start, but to finish your book. I have tried to structure this series in a roughly chronological sequence, but much like with book writing, the process can become blurred. I strongly suggest you go through the entire series and use it more as a toolbox, to pick and choose whatever you might need at any given point through your writing process:

Book Writing Step-by-Step

I’ve broken up this book-writing guide into parts, to cover the following points:

Please note: this guide is continuously updated and evolving, so check back frequently!

Other articles of interest:

How to Start Writing a Book

I know this is going to sound obvious and far too simple but when aspiring writers ask “How do I start writing a book?” my answer is always the same: “Start at the beginning.” In the words of Fraulein Maria, it’s a very good place to start.

When I first started writing The Legacy, I had all the gear and no idea. I had a degree in English Literature, a passionate love of the written word, and a cool story idea. Not much else. I had no idea how to write a book, so I just started at the beginning, with that first sentence, and let the story take me where it wanted. It’s a process that worked, and I’ve used it ever since, though I’ve learned that those first few pages are a lot more important than I ever gave them credit for. If I could go back, I’d scrap the first seven chapters of The Legacy, but that’s a tale for another time.

Do not think further than the story. If you get bogged down with publication information, and what comes after the writing is done, your book will most likely never see the light of day. There is a lot to take in, and so much to process it can become incredibly overwhelming. The road to publication is a long one, and the only way to get through it is to take one step at a time. Once you have a completed manuscript in hand, you can start to focus on what comes next. I created a Publishing Guide for this very reason but I implore you not to even peek at it until you have typed THE END.

I hope that you will find these articles useful and inspiring. Championing authors is one of my greatest passions. I wish you nothing but success in your writing career, whether it is simply a once-off bucket-list book you are writing or the start of a professional writing career.

How to Improve Writing Skills

It’s time to dive into the writing guide. Take your time, use what you can, discard what you can’t. I hope these articles will, at the very least, inspire you to take the first step – or the last, if you have a work in progress that needs finishing! You’ve got this, writer friends. And if, after working through this entire writing guide, you still feel that you need a one-on-one approach, and would like me to coach you through your journey to publication personally, you can work with me on Fiverr.

Until next time, Write Hard!

MD

FAQs

  1. How long does it take to write a book? That depends entirely on the author, so I can only speak for myself. On average it takes me six months to complete a full-length (80k+ word) novel. If under enormous pressure (which I try to avoid), I can complete a first draft in six weeks.
  2. Should I write a series or a stand-alone novel? Writing a series is a powerful marketing tool, especially for authors enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Combined with rapid-releasing and Amazon ads, it can do wonders for book sales. That being said, I wholeheartedly believe your first book should be a passion project turned learning experience, and so I suggest you write what your heart desires the first time around, not what your readers desire.
  3. Should I aim for a traditional publishing deal, or independently publish my book? The answer to this question is complicated, and I will dedicate an entire article to it in the Publishing Guide.