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How to write a book

Have you been thinking of writing a book but aren't sure how to go about it? Here are some tips that will help you out. Read on.

books Updated: Sep 11, 2010 02:07 IST

Have you been thinking of writing a book but aren't sure how to go about it? Here are some tips that will help you out.

Dedicate days: Plan a day in a week or a few in a month when you will concentrate on writing. Do not clutter your thoughts with other work to be done. Wake up early, take your laptop and go to your favourite café. Absorb the atmosphere and start writing.

Structure first: Have a basic idea of what you want to write about in your mind. Spend a few days thinking of a great topic to start with. If you go with a confused concept or with a couple of ideas on your mind, it may not work out well. A coherent thinking is essential for a flawless book, so begin well.

Go with the flow: Once you have a basic idea in mind, let your thoughts run. Be creative, thoughtful, even pensive. Whatever your mood commands go for it. It’s easier to edit later but sometimes the most natural thoughts are the best ones.

Set a deadline: While it is okay to give yourself some time to let the book shape up as desired, keep a rough time frame in mind by when you need to finish it. Treat it as a project that is time bound. This way you will be more productive.

Network: Never immerse yourself in your book so much that you forget about the final reward of the book — publishing. Keep a note of the best publishers in your town and talk to them about the subject of your book. Also speak to your friends for important leads that may help you in your book.