Learn How to Write a Book – Easily, Passionately, Skillfully … Starting Now!
By Glen C. Strathy
Is there a book inside you, longing to be written? Do you have a story idea (or many ideas) you want to turn into a novel or short stories? Do you dream of leading a writer's life... if only you knew where to start?
Learning how to write a book can seem like a daunting task, whether you have an original idea you hope to turn
into a nonfiction bestseller... or you want to learn how to write a novel
without getting stuck after the first two chapters... or your publisher wants you to write a sequel to your first novel, but you have no idea where to take the character next. Either way, we’re here to help.
If the idea of never writing your book... never writing "The End" on the last page of your manuscript or seeing your book on a bookstore shelf... bothers you, you've come to the right place. I founded How to Write a Book Now over 15 years ago with to help aspiring writers achieve their dream by...
Making the most powerful and sophisticated writing secrets accessible and easy to master.
Combining your passion for your stories and ideas with techniques that help you express them in the most effective way.
Making sure you never get stuck on a writing project again.
You've come to the right place!
Learning how to write a book may seem like a daunting task... but with the right approach it can be easy, fun, and straightforward.
Dream of being a writer, but don't know where to start.
Have an idea for a novel, or even a series, but can't get past the first few chapters... or even the blank page.
Have half-finished manuscripts you would love to see published... if only you could figure out why they aren't selling and how to improve them.
Want to turn your work-in-progress into an emotionally and intellectually exciting page turner that will delight readers for generations to come.
This is the place for you!
Here are some of the topics you'll learn about here...
If you're at the start of your fiction writing process, looking for a great story idea or feeling a little stuck, you might begin by learning how to find ideas quickly, what kind of writer you are, and how to nurture your writing aspirations...
Basic advice for students and others just starting out with the dream of becoming a writer.
If you have a story idea already, I can show you how to work out your plot structure, so you have a roadmap to guide your writing process. This can prevent many hours of rewriting and ensure your finished novel will thoroughly engage the reader's emotions and intellect...
While not as universal as the name implies, this model of story structure strongly engages readers and is particularly useful for heroic and young adult stories.
Of course, you don't just want to know how to write a book. You want to know how to write within your specific chosen genre. Every has a particular readership with its unique expectations you need to satisfy...
Discover how to write a book with a strong narrative style and voice...
You'll also get plenty of help putting the actual words on the page -- creating effective scenes, characters, and relationships...
How to choose a narrator or narrative voice that will make your story come alive in the most interesting way.
Assuming you finish writing your manuscript, the next part of your journey is to revise or self-edit it, so you make the final draft the best it can be... before you begin the task of searching for a publisher.
Discover the fastest way to revise or self-edit your stories to make them the best they can be.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” -- Seneca
We can show you how to write a book, but only you can make it happen...
The only way to write a book is to start writing now. The book
of 1,000 pages starts with a single word. It may not be a word that
ever gets published, but that first word may lead you to an idea, which
becomes a paragraph, which becomes a chapter. (J.R.R. Tolkien began
with a single sentence, scribbled on the back of an exam paper he was
marking. J.K Rowling began with an idea that came to her on a train, an
idea she refused to let go of.) If you truly want to learn how to
write a book – the best book you can – begin today with one easy action.
Maybe do an exercise you find by clicking one of the links on this
page. There’s no telling where it could lead you.
articles on this website were written by a human being -- one possessed of flaws and limitations, but also with a personal perspective and a desire to help fellow
writers. No article on this site was written by or with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI).
Never be stuck for a great story idea again! This online mini-course will show
you how to create simple ideas for original characters and build a plot
around each character that contains the essential elements needed for a
"I've read more than fifty books on writing, writing novels, etc., but
your website has the most useful and practical guidance. Now that I
understand how a novel is structured, I will rewrite mine, confident
that it will be a more interesting novel." - Lloyd Edwards
"Thanks to your
"Create a Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps,"
I was able to take a story that I simply just fooled around with and
went willy nilly all over, into a clearly defined, intriguing battle
where two characters fight to keep their relationship intact, and try to
find a balance in control of themselves and their lives. Thanks to you,
I'm not ashamed of the poor organization of my writing." - Nommanic
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has given me more confidence about myself and my work. Thank you for
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