How do I start writing a book?
Ever wondered how authors get their ideas?
Whether you’re a complete beginner who’d like to get started or a writer seeking fresh inspiration, you’ll find The Big Idea an exciting way to start writing fiction.
Make a strong start with our 21-day course. Best-selling authors share the secrets to coming up with a powerful story. How do they do it? You’re going to find out. Grow your confidence in your creative thinking and sign up to begin your success story.
“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. ”
Some Tips On Writing a Book
The hard work behind every big book happens at the idea stage. A strong idea (almost!) writes itself. Publishers routinely pass on ‘good’ books in favour of standout stories – books that are packing a great hook. 100% of your publishing success comes from 0.001% of your words: the one-line pitch, the big idea.
Some of this may surprise you but...
1. It's not about the writing
Writing a book does not require education or privilege
Writing is not about the writing, or at least not in the way you think. Nobody ever stayed glued to a book for the complexity of its vocabulary.
Writing is about storytelling, and readers and publishers want stories. That's why Stephen King outsells Nabokov on any day of the week. And here's a secret – storytelling can be learned. Hey, guess what, you might just be very good at it. Why not find out?
2. You don't need to be a genius
Writing is not a god-given gift or innate talent
It's not something you are born with or can or can't do. It's something you learn, because you want to learn it.
Sure, you're going to need to read some books. And here's another secret. Writers learn from other writers. Just like with any craft or trade, they take apprenticeships or courses and work with published writers.
3. There's never a good time to write a book
The best time is probably now
That moment when you're in a log cabin in the snow tapping out your novel possessed with inspiration? That moment won't come. “Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” Doris Lessing.
You make time. An hour a day for a few months is how many well-known authors got writing. Do what's important to you first in your day, and you're off!
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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“Having been wrestling with my story idea and several misfiring starts to it, I finally joined the Novelry. This year, I finally completed the first draft - and as a story it has utterly transformed, becoming much stronger. The biggest thing I've learned is that anyone can be good at writing but learning how to tell a compelling story, that's where the art truly comes in.”
– Rebecca Megson-Smith
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