WritingABookEveryone has their own writing strategy when it comes to writing a book. Some writers create outlines, detailing each and every chapter from start to finish. Some just sit down and start writing and whatever comes to them is what ends up on the paper. I can’t tell you which one is more effective. Personally, myself, I tend to just sit down and write and whatever comes to me ends up on the screen, but I’m sure an outline is equally as effective, along with other writing styles.

I’m going to outline some things that I believe are universal when writing a book that no matter what style you are, these preparations are a must and will give you order and stability when writing.

I believe that before anything, a writer should decide if they are going to write a fiction book or a non-fiction book. I’m a fiction writer, I like to use my imagination to create my own world and whatever I want to happen will happen. With non-fiction, it’s exactly what happened as to how one can interpret it, but it has to be as factual as possible to be non-fiction. I’m not saying that one is better than the other, I love both fiction and non-fiction books, I just happen to be a fiction writer.

Once you decide that, the next step should be the view of the book, if it’s going to be in first person view or third person view. Or you can go all R.L. Stine and do second person view, you know those (If you choose to do this, turn to page 120, if you choose this, turn to page 45, and me, I turn to page 45 and it’s ‘You died’) No second person view books!

After you’ve made your decision on the view of the book, select your narrator, who is going to talk to us throughout the book? Or will everyone talk to us? No matter who your narrator is, one thing you should keep in mind (this drives my editor crazy!) Stay in the same tense throughout the book, don’t jump from present, to past, to future, to past to present. Your editor is not going to like you, my editor loves me, but she does not like editing my books sometimes. As a writer, it’s our responsibility to try our best to write well and make the editing portion easy for our editors.

Next in this process, I would suggest naming your book, it doesn’t have to be iron clad, you can change it, but if you have a solid name for your book, that’s just one thing you don’t have to worry about later. Then you should decide if you’re going to type it or hand write it then type it (Some people find it better to write than type. My handwriting is too sloppy so I just type instead of trying to decipher the hieroglyphics that spews from my hand).

If you follow these steps I believe you’ll find yourself in a good starting place to writing your book. Next week, I’ll be posting Writing a book: Plot, Genre and Character Development. Stay tuned!