Guest Post: How To Start Writing a Book, by Savannah

I’m super excited about today’s post, because it’s written by Savannah over at The Book Prophet!  I absolutely adore her blog, because it’s so full of great reviews and posts and literally everything.  Plus, she’s great to talk to!  So if you’re looking for an awesome new blog to follow, head over and check her out.  Starting to write a book is SO FREAKIN HARD and so Savannah’s post will surely come in handy for lots of us bloggers who want to take the next step to becoming a writer.  Make sure you let her know how much you appreciate the help by commenting!

How to Start Writing a Book

Hello everyone! My name is Savannah and I blog over at The Book Prophet. Joce gave me this great opportunity to write a post on her blog and I decided that I would talk to y’all about the fundamentals of writing a book.

Besides being an avid reader myself, I am also a writer, as many of you probably are as well. Reading and writing kind of go hand-in-hand. If you like reading books, there’s a big chance you love writing them as well! Only, reading a book and writing a book are two very different things.

When you read a book, you’re being carried away to another land, while when you write a book you’re the one to carry people away.

Sounds more difficult, right?

Well, it is.

I’m here to give you that extra push to start writing the book you’ve been imagining in your head since the beginning of time. You might not know where to start, you might be too afraid, or you just might think you can’t do it.

I mean, those are all valid excuses, but they’re stupid excuses too.

I’m here to remedy those doubts because I used to have those doubts.

TBH I still do.

Side note: There’s no particular order to do these steps in.

Choose your project

All projects start with an idea. Once you have an idea, then you can expand that idea and start thinking about what characters would fit into that idea, create a structure for your story, a world, etc.

You might also be wondering how you know if the idea you have is THE idea. Well, little grasshopper, when you find the right project to start you get a tingly feeling in your stomach and you can’t stop thinking about your characters and story!

With the book I’m currently writing, I am always thinking about how my characters would feel in a certain situation, plot points to add or delete, etc. These characters and the story I want to tell is flowing through my veins and when you’re passionate about something, you will write it.

Create your characters

Creating characters that are unique and three dimensional is so hard! Besides world building, creating characters has to be one of the most difficult parts of writing. What helped me create my characters is by filling out a character form (http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jun98/how-to-create-a-character-profile-6986).

Filling out all the entire form forced me to learn about my characters from every angle and point of view possible. You never know when you’ll need to tap into your character’s past or delve into their passions and emotions!

These forms not only help you learn about your character, but it also helps remind you of who your character is. I think we all sometimes forget vital aspects to our characters. I for some reason can’t ever remember their birthdays.

Create your setting

Whether your book takes place in a fictional world or a real-life location, you have to have a mental picture of what that world looks like. When you already know what it looks like – and even smells like – then when you get around to describing it in your book, you’ll be both consistent and less stressed.

Having a world where your characters live and thrive and die in is something that’s way more important than you’d think. Depending on where your character lives can change aspects of your character.

For example, if your character lives on a pirate ship they’ll probably know how to fight and will automatically know how to swim! And life on a pirate ship would make anybody kick butt with a sword.

Outline your plot

Outlining isn’t necessary, but it helps a lot once you actually start writing your book. If you don’t have an outline it can feel like you’re walking through a desert with no map or any direction to – anywhere, really. I’ve only outlined one of my books and it’s the book I’ve had the least trouble writing AND the most fun writing! Although outlining isn’t necessary – I’ve heard loads of successful, published authors don’t outline – it does help you from getting writer’s block and from feeling lost in your own book.

I hope this post helped you figure out how to start writing your book! Now go and let the words flow because there’s no better time than today.

Or tomorrow, if you’re a procrastinator like me.


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Did you adore Savannah’s post? Wasn’t it GREAT advice for starting your book? What’s your current WIP? Are you a procrastinator too? Do you love Savannah as much as I do? 

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Author: Joce

I read and I write about it. If I'm not online or with my nose in a book, I can probably be found at the basketball court.

18 thoughts on “Guest Post: How To Start Writing a Book, by Savannah”

  1. This is so great! I have so many ideas floating around in my head but I can’t seem to commit to just one, and I can’t commit to an age group either, haha. I desperately want to write a chidrens book, but I also want to write a middle grade and a YA. Maybe one day my brain will slow down a little and I will focus on just one!

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    1. The age problem is one of the hardest for me!!! I want to write YA but then I feel like it always comes out with a YA plot and adult content so it’ll suck for everyone

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  2. Hi Joce/Savannah
    I’m 15 years old, I’m trying to be a writer (40,000 words into a book), and I’m trying to be a blogger as well. Anyways I was wondering if it would ever be ok to start a book with a first person prologue and then switch to a third person in the 1st chapter and from then on? I’ve heard that you should stick with just one throughout the book but I wanted to hear y’alls opions.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hey Ethan!! I’m certainly no expert on the subject but I think that could be really cool if done in the right way!!!!!!!!! I certainly wouldn’t constantly alternate but if it’s only the prologue I don’t see why you couldn’t make it fit. A lot of times tenses switch from one to the other so I guess perspective could too. Not an expert but hopefully this helps!

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  3. Thank you again for letting me write this post 🙂 I’m so happy to see that others love it too
    *blushes for eternity from all of the compliments*

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  4. Oh, this is a wonderful post! I’m currently trying to brainstorm ideas for four different little plot bunnies, and then choose one to work with at the end of August, and it’s so hard to think of plots! I think that outlining is extremely important, however — but it may not be right for some people. Great post!

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  5. This was honestly so helpful! I 100% agree that when you get a story idea, you get this tingly feeling. A few nights ago, I had the same feeling and EVERYTHING JUST CLICKED and I was writing through the night (no pun intended) about my characters and plot and it all just came to me!
    I’ve just visited that character setting link and am definitely going to try it out. It looks VERY long but I guess it’ll be worth it!
    I hadn’t considered about creating your setting so I definitely need to make a note of that!
    I’ve outlined before and may I ask how long is an average rough outline? Because I’m scared mine is a bit too short! Thanks for this post it seriously helped a lot!

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    1. Yes I love when you gt an idea and can’t stop writing it!!! And I love the pun 🙂
      Personally my roughest outlines are about 5 pages and then I go back in and fill in details that take it to 15 (but I hate outlines so I try to do them as minimally as possible) but savannah would probably know better than me!

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