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7 Quick Steps To Writing A Great Book

 

Whether you write Non fiction or Fiction, most of our suggestions below apply to both.
 

STEP 1 - WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW

Your life understanding is your expertise. Most people’s unique life experiences, occupations, and perspectives provide excellent material for writing a book. If you happen to choose a subject that is unfamiliar to you, please research it thoroughly.


STEP 2 - BRAINSTORM

First, identify your subject, and where you will get information from.  If you are taking facts from your own personal expertise, from life or professional experience, this will be easy.  If you are writing about a subject that you are not very familiar with, for a non fiction book you’ll need to identify sources for research that you can draw from. This can be done by using footnotes, and / or an index at the back. Writing fiction is different. It's your character studies that play a great role, and the background research on the plot you have created. The reason for this is so that readers may do further research into your topic if they are interested in doing so.


STEP 3 - OUTLINE - STRUCTURE

Find a good type of outline  and structure  that suits your particular style.  Have a look at published books on your topic and learn to recognize the structures they have used, then create your own.  This is extremely helpful in keeping your focus on a specific idea or message you as the author like to get across in your work. Choose the main ideas you would like to include, and then flesh them out with ideas to fill each chapter.  The amount of serious thought you put into your writing will be reflected by exceptional quality.  Preparation is key. This rule also applies to all fictional writings.


STEP 4 - WRITE

Once you have your subject, and have outlined what you will include in your book, it’s time to write a rough draft .  At this point, spelling errors, weak adjectives, and grammatical errors don’t matter - you just need to get your ideas out on screen or paper.  Final corrections come with the rewrite.  Most books have been rewritten at least 5 times, unless you are a very experienced writer with several books already published.


STEP 5 - FIND THE CORRECT VOICE

Writing in the first person (from the ‘I’ perspective) is fine when you are writing a personal memoir or blog for your own website or blog. Today many personal experiences are documented in this way, and the first person perspective is appropriate for that, however, writing from the first person perspective is NOT the correct voice for most professional publications, including ours.
While we do have an ‘about the author page at the back of each publication, we’d like our author to note that we do not publish personal stories written from the ‘I’ perspective. ( Unless you are globally so well known, that readers want to know about YOU
We felt it was very important to get completely clear on this point, since many people tend to write this way, and we are just not able to publish books written in the first person, especially non-fiction titles.


STEP 6 - REWRITE

Here is where you become an editor of sorts.  Be ruthless when it comes to unneeded words.  Ask yourself if all parts of a paragraph - chapter or ( for fiction, your backdrop settings and dialog within the story ) contribute to the whole, and cut anything that clearly does not fully serve the purpose of the piece.  Say things clearly, with confidence and coherence.  Your outline in STEP 2 has already done a lot of this work for you.

Although Kima Global editors do proofread, the initial technical stuff is also important.  Make sure spelling and grammar are correct.  Realize that spell check doesn’t always do the whole job.  Words with multiple spellings and meanings like their, there, and there, or two, to, and too may be spelled correctly, but may not be used in the correct context.  Double-check words like this to be sure.  Also check that the piece flows smoothly from one idea to the next – if there are areas where the wording is choppy, consider revising those sections.


STEP 7 - TWEAK

The last step is, perhaps, the hardest for most writers.  The final piece should flow seamlessly, and be whole unto itself. Look for attention dips in your book, especially halfway through.  Pretend to be the first reader. How often have you NOT finished a book because you got bored? This is what we look for in a manuscript. 
If there are any remaining mistakes, they will be very easy to spot by this point.  Give the book a final read, and make small adjustments as needed.  Try to avoid changing things too much – it’s easy to get caught up in over-tweaking - which then turns this step into another rewrite.

If you are unsatisfied with your final manuscript,  go back to one of the previous steps, and doing it over again. Remember that if you do this, the best way to finish is to repeat any following steps as well, to provide consistency.

Anyone can write a small book of 30.000 words about a subject, but it takes an artist to hold the attention span of your reader with at least 60.000 to 100.000 words. You owe this little bit of extra effort both to yourself, and to your readers!

 

Happy writing and we love to hear from you.

 

Kima Global Publishers

 

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