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Old 20-11-2011, 1:52 PM
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Default has anyone written a book ?

or attempted to write a book, thought about writing a book ?

how did you go about it ? would it be better to write in order of events or how you remember things, how it began or in reverse order if its a factual story ?

would you recommend writing correctly or just getting it all down in lower case first and have someone do the correct upper, lower case and punctuation later ?

is your book published, what is is about, how did you publicise it ?
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Old 20-11-2011, 1:53 PM
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has anyone written a book ?

Yeah loads of people have, check out your local library
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has anyone written a book ?

Yeah loads of people have, check out your local library
i want to talk to people on mse who might have though
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I started to write a sort of biography when i was doing my family tree 'cos i thought that would be a good addition, then instead of just a list of dates there'd be a story to go with it.
That got me interested and i thought maybe i can sit down and in my very best joined-up writing so something better.
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I have always thought about writing a book but never really got round to doing any research or how I would go about it x
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My mother did a childrens story years ago, but it wasn't published.
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I'm trying to write my family history down. So far I've done a section each on the main characters in my family and set them in to their historical context. I also like to try and write creative fiction for my own amusement. I not aiming to get anything published. I did have vague ideas of having the family history one printed, just so that each side of the family could have a copy but it depends on cost. Might just print them myself, it's not like it's a subject that would interest anyone else.

If I'm in a writing mood I do write correctly but that's just because I always have. I do sometimes ask others to read through things if I'm going to put it on a blog or something just because I know I'm weak at spelling and we can all made mistakes in grammar and punctuation. If you are interested in writing you might be better off looking at some of the writing forums than on here. There are lots of people who can give you good advice on those forums in all the different genres, as well as some ideas to spark you off.
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As for any other project, planning is vital.


First, break it down into manageable sections. The prospect of getting 30,000 words or more down on paper can be pretty daunting.

Split into ten or twelve chapters of 3,000 words, it loses much of its terror - you can think of it as a series of articles.


Divide your subject on paper, then, into ten or twelve sub-themes. These will form your chapters.

Under each sub-theme heading note all the information you already have relevant to that section.

Note any obvious gaps in the information. You'll have to do some research to fill those gaps.
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Once you have written your book, Amazon have made it very easy to get it published for free in their Kindle store ...

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishi...726199-7156665
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Thanks Mrs Bones for the tip about looking at writers forums, there were quite a few to choose from when i googled, i've been reading and added this to my favs.

WritingForums.com - Writing Forums
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There is an MSE poster who has had several childrens books published.

But he is an irregular here, so i've forgotten his name.

Sorry.
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or attempted to write a book, thought about writing a book ?

how did you go about it ? would it be better to write in order of events or how you remember things, how it began or in reverse order if its a factual story ?

would you recommend writing correctly or just getting it all down in lower case first and have someone do the correct upper, lower case and punctuation later ?

is your book published, what is is about, how did you publicise it ?
I've had two books and several journal articles published, but they're non-fiction. I suppose I was lucky in that I just contacted a couple of publishers, sent an electronic copy to one as requested, and they agreed to publish it (and the subsequent work).

Nonetheless, the framework for a book (of whatever kind) needs to be ordered, especially if you're inventing a plot and characters.

Writing styles vary, as does the readership, but the general rule is you've got a couple to five pages to win over a potential reader - and, presumably, to also win over a publisher (hence why they tend to want a chapter sent, rather than the whole book or a summary).

If you look at some prolific writers they tend to have a distinctive and easily digestible style, vocabularly and rhythm. You would want to show you can write effectively for the readership, which in terms of fiction does not always mean strictly applying the rules of grammar, but lazy or incorrect punctuation can wreck a vibrant paragraph and irritate readers (e.g. eats shoots and leaves/eats, shoots, and leaves).

Always remember that having a book rejected by publishers does not necessarily mean it's a bad book - it's just that most publishers are working with a bare bones infrastructure so cannot devote sufficient time and some won't see its commercial appeal.

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aye
j k rowling was rejected by 8 publishers before bloomsbury agreed to buy it.
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aye
j k rowling was rejected by 8 publishers before bloomsbury agreed to buy it.
Those 8 guys must be pig sick now, it's like was it Decca who said the Beatles will never make it.
Now that i'm what you could describe as an older person i've stopped eating health foods.
I need all the preservatives i can get.

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join a writers group, i'm in a very good one and its a great way to get feedback on your work
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"A writers' group?" replied Oscar de la Strange, arching his eyebrows. He stared intently into her eyes and waited, fixed, until she blinked, before continuing. "Tell me more."
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There is an MSE poster who has had several childrens books published.

But he is an irregular here, so i've forgotten his name.

Sorry.

I think it's Baz@rr.
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"A writers' group?" replied Oscar de la Strange, arching his eyebrows. He stared intently into her eyes and waited, fixed, until she blinked, before continuing. "Tell me more."
the one i'm in starts off with us practicing some writing techniques, then we share our work, read it out and get it critiqued by the others.

finish up in the pub with a few drinks
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Those 8 guys must be pig sick now, it's like was it Decca who said the Beatles will never make it.

just a tad.

the harry potter global brand is worth about 7 billion dollars.
she is worth about 700 million dollars.

the books sold 400 million copies.
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Writing is about discipline; literally churning out the words on a frequent basis until you get good. Obviously you need killer ideas too.

How about taking part in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) next year? It's a big movement of people who, every year, try and write a novel during the month of November. It doesn't matter how good or bad it is, the idea is simply to finish one during that month. Because so many other people are doing it there's a big community to encourage and bounce ideas off:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/
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