How to write a book,  Projects,  Writing

How to write a book: Part 1: Introduction

Three years is a long time.

Three years ago, I was asked to run an online group on how to write books. The posts ended up here.

A lot has changed in three years. It’s time to re-issue the posts with updated information.

So for the next few weeks, every Wednesday (or for some of you, Tuesday night) there will be a post to do with writing a book, answering a specific question in your email and posted on this blog.

What’s your part in this? Well, you are welcome to sit back and read the posts but you can also participate. You don’t need to be writing a book, you just need to be curious about the process. I often don’t stop to think about bits of the process till someone puts up their hand and asks a question.

So if you have questions, ask away in the comments each week so I can reply or write up a whole new post to answer them.

And if you have a piece of work you want me to look at for a particular reason and feel brave enough, have at it and let me know.

A few things before we kickstart next week:

1) Ask your burning questions now in the comments. The quicker you do, the more likely it will be a post with your name and a link to your blog.

2) Things differ between non-fiction and fiction – ask questions about genre if you want to.

3) If you like this idea and don’t want to check the blog each week, feel free to subscribe and get the latest post in your reader or your email inbox. And if you want extra awesome things, put yourself on the list as well.

4) Different writers explain and experience the process in different ways. If you find a disconnect between what I say and what works for you, this is probably the reason. Let us know in the comments so others can benefit too.

5) Writing is hard work. It’s easy to do but it’s hard to get it right and to make yourself sit down to do it.

6) Writing a book is hard but it should also be fun and fulfilling. So remember that throughout.

7) You do not need to participate beyond merely reading. But if you do want to, you can ask questions. If you do want to work on your writing as we go (even if it is just applying what we discuss to your work) then you can. If you want to comment, you can. If you want to out yourself as having a WIP (work in progress) then you can and we’ll keep a list of up and coming writers who need encouragement.

On that note: I will see you next Wednesday and you can still check out each post in the old series until the point at which it is updated.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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