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How do I start writing a book?

Yes, you should start writing a book!

Some of this may surprise you but...

1. It's not about the writing
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It's about storytelling

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Writers learn to write stories

2. You don't need to be a genius 
3. There's never a good time to write a book
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You make time

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You don't need material

4. You don't need material or life experience

The story doesn't happen to you, you happen to the story

You don't need to be wise and have all the answers. Stories are about questions. One question after another. What happens next? Why did she do that? What will he do to escape? How come there's no door to the house? Will they work out the guy's a villain? A story is not about you. Sure, it may use some of your experience. But a story, like a movie, is about other people. Think of it as you would creating a film in your head. Things change – that's the secret to a story. Simply say what you see. You won't see all the way to 'The End' today, but tomorrow you'll see what happens next. When you write, you write for you, to tell yourself the story. 

5. You don't need to know the whole story now

Ideas don't happen by magic, they're constructed

Ideas happen when you go looking for them, and they snowball. Once you know what you're looking for, you'll soon find a story you can't wait to write. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” John Steinbeck. 

A good idea almost writes itself because it's 'spring-loaded'. We'll explain what we mean by that and show you the incredibly simple secret to creating a story idea packed with page-turning energy.  All you have to do is to open the door to a new world. When you sign up to the Big Idea course, you'll get the key.

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The idea is the key

“Wow, I just wanted to give a huge thank-you for the Big Idea course. My confidence was low and I was definitely self-excluding. Then one day I saw the Big Idea course and decided to give it a go. The course is great, I've been able to work up an idea I really feel like I can run with but more importantly I have a whole new confidence in myself. ”

Kevin O'Brien

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The Books & Authors on The Big Idea Course

Enjoy sessions with these authors in which they describe how they came up with the ideas for their books and get inspiring advice on how to get started writing from bestselling and award-winning writers.

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Start writing your book today

With the world's best-loved writing school

Find out what really makes a story succeed. What do you need to pack into your story idea to get published in the current book market? Assemble your big idea with the videos and exciting course materials created by our team. You'll leave the course with a book that has every chance of becoming a page-turner.

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If you'd like to write your book all the way to the end, head straight to our Book in a Year plans  – which include the Big Idea and our other courses too plus one-to-one author tutoring – from just $149 or £99 a month.

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