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How To Write A Book : Novel Writing : How To Write A Novel Step by Step : Creative Writing Beginners

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    • 1.

      How To Write A Book : Writing For Beginners


    • 2.

      Novel Writing Essentials - The Story Arc


    • 3.

      The Backbone Of Your Book - Subplots


    • 4.

      Tell It Like It Is - Narrative and Point of View


    • 5.

      Fixing The Story In Place - The Novel Setting


    • 6.

      Every Book Must Have It - Conflict & Tension


    • 7.

      Novel Writing Development - Characters


    • 8.

      Every Story Needs These - Support Characters


    • 9.

      Talk To Me! - All About Dialogue


    • 10.

      It's Done, What Now? - Editing For Beginners


    • 11.

      Ready For The Public - Publishing Your Novel


    • 12.

      Do It Yourself - Kindle Publishing


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How To Write A Book : Novel Writing : How To Write A Novel Step by Step : Creative Writing For Beginners: Novel Writing For Beginners

First of all, an author has an idea: it may be small but it grows over the weeks and months until he or she decides it's time to get the story down on paper! This is the start of a long and exciting road, and it can be quite daunting.

The good news is that creative writing a book is a skill than can be learned, and the best way of learning it is to do it. However, the process is much easier if you have guidelines, a kind of road map to success with your first novel. This course is the road-map you need. You will learn the following novel writing essentials:

  • How to develop the idea for your book into a viable main plot
  • How writing subplots improves your main plot
  • To represent your book in the form of a Story Arc
  • Tips for writing great main characters with realism
  • Advice for writing support characters
  • How to apply backstory, conflict and tension into your novel
  • How to write dialogue to support characterization
  • How to self-edit your first book using online tools
  • How to publish after writing your first novel


How To Write A Book - Where The Rubber Of Creative Writing Meets The Road

Whew! There's a lot to take in, but it really does flow logically once you see how all the elements of a modern novel fit together and help to improve your novel writing skills. Even beginners can succeed at novel writing if you are well organized and the book manuscript is planned well.

The course 'How To Write A Book' will guide you through the essential steps to a successful novel, even if you have no experience. You need to bring your idea and the willingness to want to learn how to write your first novel, that's the main thing.

How To Write Your First Book (without having a break-down)

The title of this course is self-explanatory, in that it is designed to help you write the story you have always wanted to write, through explaining the various elements of novel writing through the course of its lectures. I would like to applaud you for taking your first step towards novel writing; writing your first book is not easy, and acknowledging that you even want to do something about the story that you have in your head is a huge event. 

I understand that this can’t be easy, mainly when the idea of novel writing seems to stand out scarily and appears to present pictures of people sitting in dingy rooms, furiously typing away on their rusty typewriters with no sense of time or anything else – just writing (or trying to write) their first novel book.

This stereotypical image associated with writing a book can often put people off the writing a novel because they begin to fear the amount of work related to it. However, this course is designed in a manner that allows you to be able to consume small parts of the novel writing process without it becoming an overwhelming experience for you - you will learn how to write a book painlessly! 

Quite often, aspiring writers tend to think they lack the expertise required to be able to write a novel-length book successfully – but that’s where you’re wrong. Armed with enough dedication and information, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to do this!

Through the course of this course, various lectures outline and attempt to answer any questions you might have had about the various aspects of novel writing. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner – we begin right with the basics, and go all the way to book completion, with the additions of suggestions regarding editing and publishing as well. The lectures focus on a wide range of topics, from dialogue use, to world building and structuring your narrative – giving you everything you need to get started on that novel you always wanted to write.

Be open to learning on this journey towards becoming a more efficient and thoughtful writer – and you will be surprised by what you discover about yourself (and your book writing skills) by the end of this journey. 

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I could write a book about the different jobs and roles I've had in my life - maybe I should! We'll see.

Online course creation seemed to be a natural step for me, after years of being involved with SEO and internet marketing.

After making a living out of playing acoustic blues guitar in Europe for many years, I became interested in teaching online about 15 years ago, and began creating online courses. In 2103 I was voted Number 2 top blues guitar teacher by users of

While blues guitar remains dear to my heart, the last year I've been concentrating on novel writing, movie script writing and SEO for internet marketing. It's all about creating and being the best we can possibly be!

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1. How To Write A Book : Writing For Beginners: welcome and congratulations. You've committed yourself to writing your first novel. You want to tell your story in a structured way in such a way that readers will want to turn those pages on, Find out what happens and Riedel the way to the end. But how should you struck to your novel? What are the essential elements? How does the process work when you finished your novel, how do you edit it? How did you get it published in this course, I'm going to guide you through the process of writing a novel. And as a special bonus, the whole course will be made available as a PdF download. Now, let's take a look at the first section in which we discuss the story arc, how your novel will be structured and how your story will unfold. The basic tool we use to plot our story is a so called story arc. Sometimes shown is an arc. More often it shown in the shape of a kind of a mountain. We take a look at the way in which we use the story arc to introduce the middle from the beginning towards the end on the conflict on the tensions arising now, although we have one main story, which is the main plot, there are other plots inside the main story. We call these subplots. They have separate lives, but of course they're linked directly to the main plot on the Helped to push the main plot along. How the story is told, it's called the narrative. The narrator tells a story and can have a particular point of few on. The author could decide which to use conflict is essential to a modern novel and a great story. Characters must have obstacles to overcome, consistently increasing in difficulty until reaching the climax of the plot. If you think about a favor novel, inevitably, it's one of the characters that sticks in your mind. In this section, we look at how to create characters and how we make them real in the mind of the reader. In addition to the main characters, you'll have a certain number of support characters. They won't have the same depth, but they will have their own backstory or history, and these add to the rhythm and the flow of the overall novel. Words and dialogue are the lifeblood of the novel. They propelled a story forward on introduced tension on conflict between characters. When your manuscript is ready, we need to think about beginning the task of editing. This takes various forms. Depending on the depth of the edit on, We're going to look at how you can self edit without spending too much money on professional editors and when the great moment arrives. When you're ready to publish, you have a number of choices to make, either conventionally using a publishing house or self published online. This section includes a video explaining how to upload your book to the Kindle platform on Amazon. 2. Novel Writing Essentials - The Story Arc: the beginning is expected to start off in a relatively reasonable manner in that the daily lives of your protagonists are depicted through this beginning. You help to establish whale characters currently are on the sister reader in understanding what kind of settings norms on social structures that they are part off through the course of your narrative. The beginning, you establish an idea of what routine means in the story that you're telling. This is important because over the course of time, you will be breaking this routine to drive the story forward and make it interesting at the point between the beginning. On the middle is where the conflict itself is introduced. It's usually an event or incident that happens to the protagonist or someone around them that creates within these characters a call to action. This can be a question, a realization, a journey towards self discovery or a rescue mission. All of these will be excited by a specific action that occurred, increasing the level of conflict observed by the reader Throughout the middle. The nature of this conflict rises in importance, and so the focus off the middle is the development of the storyline about the conflict situation that you have established. The middle also gives an opportunity to describe and detail several critical moments of the crisis, all of which served to highlight the story going forward and prompted the protagonist towards further forms of action. This crisis based description reaches its peak when you reach what it referred to as the climax, the isolated event that changes everything around completely. This may be a great war, or even just a disagreement of some kind, but it refers to the moment where the most amount of growth is seen leading to the establishment of the idea of a resolution to the overall conflict on the problem. It doesn't necessary mean that the solution is found in that instance. In that climax, it's just that a concentrated burst of action is seen at this moment. This critical moment pivots the story around and is often observed as being the moment your character is fulfilled. Awfully understood, quite understandably. If it is falling action that follows this pivotal point in your novel, Falling action follows the realization that the character has come to join the climax period. It requires a character toe act upon the same by using the knowledge or experience they gained during this process of growth. Given the nature of your story, it is during this part. The end were the resolution to the conflict or the crisis is achieved. It is here that the answers to the questions or the epic journeys are received. The concept of closure, however temporary or permanent, is realized at this stage as well. This allows for the creation of a situation where life goes back to the way waas from the beginning, along with a transformative journey your character experienced along the way. Remember to modify the structure depending on the kind of story that you've chosen to tell and more importantly, do not divide your novel into very obvious chunks associated with beginning middle and end . While you should use this format as a means to make your writing process manageable, your job is to present your story in a manner that is more compelling, more compelling than obvious. We don't want the readers to notice these obvious patterns in your writing. Instead, engage them at a deep level where they have an interest in the character and his transformative journey towards success. 3. The Backbone Of Your Book - Subplots: In addition to the main story arc that you follow within your novel, it will be a series of mini stories inside the main story. These are called subplots. Subplots can also help to fill in the period between the climb access between the periods of high tension, they help to balance the flow of your novel. It's important that your subplots don't take away from the essence off the novel itself. On the main plot, it's a good idea to have a physical representation, such as a table on paper, of how your subplots are going to slot within the broader framework off your story. Maybe they'll work with certain chapters, but not others. Maybe you want to drive the main plot and subplot side by side or keep them separate. Keep trying to fit and reorganize your surplus within the framework of your main plot. So you always have sight of the larger picture. An example of a subplot could be about someone close to the protagonist. Maybe he has an ex wife tugging at his heart strings. It doesn't directly affect the main plot, but it does reflect real life, and it makes the story more believable. to the reader. This support character would probably also be a three dimensional character with death so he could undergo an inner transformation throughout the story, just like the protagonist, but perhaps to a lesser extent, because he's not the hero. The wonderful thing is that it's all look to you. You're the creator of this world. Now that you're aware of how a basic novel is expected to flow is quite tempting to follow that exact tragic tree and plan to give yourself the plot devices you need to make the story work in your eyes. However, while the story arc described in the previous video does exist on a graph on paper, your story really shouldn't work that way or so easily. Your novel cannot be a series of events just strung together in a cohesive way for the sake of convenience on because it helps you to plan your novel. People want the novel to flow naturally, and any subplots need to be intertwined with the main plot in such a way that is completely believable. Think of your story in terms of the dichotomies off problems and solutions and of questions with answers is your story needs to have a larger picture instead of just being a string of isolated events. If you view your beginning as the point at which the question is posed, the big question it is the ending were this question gets answered. The whole process is established through character actions on motivations on several other factors which will outline later in the course, these drive the story forward. Additionally, you need to be ableto we've elements of your story together in a cohesive way. The author achieves this by using narrative and settings. 4. Tell It Like It Is - Narrative and Point of View: narrative point of view is essential to the modern novel. Who is telling the story? This is the point of view. There are three common possibilities. The 1st 2nd and third person voice. The subject sometimes causes confusion with new writers, and in this lecture, we're going to take a look at each term what they mean on which one to choose for your novel. The perspective you choose to tell her story makes a difference as it contributes towards how much information is being made available to the readers. How much of the characters internal feelings on motivations. Readers are made aware off without dialogue and so much more. For this reason, it's essential that you weigh the pros and cons off the different narrative styles you need to adult a point of view or P. O. V. As an author, you can either choose to adopt 1st 2nd or third person points of view. Out of these. The second person is not used very commonly because of its difficulty in establishing coherence on maintaining tents on the correct grammar structure throughout the story. Within the first and the third person perspectives, you have several possibilities. You can have a first person narrative with a major character leaving the narration or telling the story. Or you can have a first person narrative with an observer telling the tale instead in the third person, by comparison, you'll have The choice is often objective narration, where the perspective makes you aware of everything in the story. This is called Omni Essence, or one where there is the same Omni essence but limited to the space a certain character occupies. This is called Limited on the S. And given that each of these represents different kinds of information that your reader takes in, your choice of perspective depends on what information you want to make available to your reader, ranging from the internal emotions off a character versus the external conflict. Two other considerations about the characters. Awareness and transformation. 5. Fixing The Story In Place - The Novel Setting: for your story. To have a proper setting, you need to establish within it the framework off a particular kind of society and culture . This can either mimic one of the modern day societies that we see in the world all around us. Or it can be something you're choosing to create entirely from your own imagination, as in the case of writing science, fiction or fantasy. If you decide to adopt a particular society as being the base field story where your characters are, make sure you do plenty of research so that you understand it and you know it very well. This will help inform you how the characters are expected to behave within this environment , how they like it to be on even the kind of relationships that they share with others. All of this has an influence on your plot. You might choose to create a society instead, in which case you're choosing the world build. Creating your own world opens up some of the restrictions that may exist with choosing to engage in a society that already exists in the world. But it also requires more effort on the author's part. If you decide to create a culture or a world that is not based on an existing one. Make sure you think about all the factors that go into a culture and sustain natural society. Try to answer some relevant questions, such as what kind of environment of the people live in what is a social structure and order of this society. How does the economic system of this world work? What are the rules on governing bodies associated with the society? What are their Valium systems and norms? What are the kinds of questions or conflicts that they struggle with every day? What do these people look like? How do they behave? Is there thinking the same as ours? How do they speak? And what kind of technology is do they have? The Ortho needs to ask these kinds of questions and also to find detail answers so he can describe his world in the right way. 6. Every Book Must Have It - Conflict & Tension: When considering conflict, the author needs to use the genre to his benefit. The genre of writing that your story falls under can often inform what kind of conflict you want to create for your main characters. It could also guide you towards how these conflicts arise as well. You're writing on your plot. Ideas so far have already established a broad genre that you're considering. This can be used to aid your understanding of how you want the plot to move forward. Given the nature of the John, what kind of conflicts arise from the situation? The author must always ask himself this kind of question. If it is a fantasy world, do we want to talk about wild dragons? If you'll focus in on science fiction, are we going to talk about large corporations with evil scientists? What works well for one genre might not work well for another, but you can use that very fact toe arrive at the conflict that you choose to explore. You should always try to introduce a tone of surprise for your reader, given that you're using the genre to your benefit. What you also want to be able to do is push the boundaries a little bit. You don't want to simply explore tales that have been frequently talked about. I don't have the same old story arc on the same conclusion that every other book within that genre does, you want to hold that element of surprise. This requires that you look at the genre a little differently from normal, trying to see it differently from other authors. Try to the unique See what you can contribute to an already considered idea, then reflect on your characters actions or in the way that the conflict is presented to them. Make it an experience that is uncovered by the readers, part by part and full of surprises at every turn. Don't present a story arc with conflicts than they've already seen or read or heard off. They're tired of the same old thing. They've come to your novel to your story to be surprised and delighted by the unexpected. While conflict and tension are terms that are often used interchangeably within the context of novel writing, they have specific roles. Conflict refers to the situational aspect, or tension refers to the emotional aspect. Those conflict is created by the situation, while tension is created in the writing. This emotional aspect can be in the form of internal force or displays of emotion, but can also be achieved by crisp sentence structure on by maintaining an air of mystery while revealing the story to your reader, this helps create a sense of urgency and understanding of what the character themselves is going through. 7. Novel Writing Development - Characters: next, we move on to creating characters, arguably the most crucial part of writing a novel. While many minds say they have specific stylistic preferences for how they want the writing to flow or how they expect the narrative to be structured for the average reader, it is aspect of the characters that stand out. It's what they're most likely to remember on what they want to connect to. So it becomes essential to present this to them in a way that will make them want to know what happens to the character. Your readers need to have an investment in the storyline and really want to know what happens to the people that they have grown attached to. When considering characters, you need to remember that your characters needs to pan out in a certain way for them to sound less like cardboard cutouts. We don't want to present characters simply place there for the purpose of driving the plot forward. What the author needs to do is to create characters that are believable. Can you picture your character as a real person? So do their full flat. Conversely, do this seem like a caricature of an actual person they're too outrageous or two different to be riel. Give your character attitudes, morals and values at some depth and dimension to them, so that you can envision them as being riel. To this effect, though, we will elaborate Maurin, the next chapter. Give your character a voice of their own. They aren't going to sound particularly inventive or riel. If they all sound like each other, make sure your dialogue reflects the differences in the people that you are presenting. Additionally, give your character something the reader can relate to. This doesn't necessarily mean that readers should be able to imagine themselves as a character, but they should be able to relate them, understand them. There is a need to craft a character with intentions. Experiences on the past that shapes on explains why they behave or think the way they do unit for character is one that people might not like or agree with. They do need to understand them. To some degree, this realism makes a character more relatable on this, more likely to be acknowledged and followed. We need to name and categorize your characters, but also make them unique. First of all, as yourself, the question. Why do they exist? More often than not, If I ask this question about a real person, it would prompt a possible existentially crisis. The question of why wonders exist on what their purpose is. It's a very personal one When considering your story. However, you should be able to answer this question because your character cannot do anything within your story unless there's a rational, a reason behind why they are there. Craft fuel characters accordingly, to justify their existence in that place at that time in your story, So can you somehow categorize them? I'm not referring to a simple categorization, such as according to age, such as a child, teenager or adult or something like that. But categorizing your character can go a long way in informing readers how they will act, choose a personality, invent tree or type, or try to classify them using other similar means. It will make more sense within the world that you've created. Additionally, it will make the writing process much more comfortable because you're involved in this category and you understand it and you've place your characters within it. It would also serve to make other aspects of your character's personality much clearer to you, so it can also be used as a planning device. The question arises. Can you still make them unique? If you categorise them for a particular main character toe have been chosen as the focus off the story over the other characters? There needs to be some reason behind it. There's a certain degree of uniqueness associated with these main characters that the stories were written about. Or else you run the risk of making them, like everyone else, every other run of the mill character. It's not every kind of character that can be the hero or heroine. Consider your choice of categorization in this, too. Maybe they meet the demands of the category in all but one crucial way. Perhaps they even have a particular trait that makes them stand out. Give your character something special that is impressive within the context of the story, while at the same time not being entirely unbelievable and too over the top. So what will you name your character Now? What the characters are called might seem like a tie. Anything to consider in the large scheme of things in the overall shape of your characterizations, but your character's name does have a significant contribution to make in terms of shaping how you want to tell the story. Like in the case of Remus Lupin, this is a character from the famous series Harry Potter. It can fall shadow some information about the character, but the reader can look back and have an oh, so that's what this was all about. Moment, and it can also help set the tone for the character. Names could also have cultural implications, depending on the cultural context that it is based him. While this is not to say, every character's name you use needs to have a secret meeting. But the way you use these names does affect the overall pace of the story and, importantly, how these characters are perceived. Take time to name your characters, read them out loud. How do they feel within the context of the story? Can they have a mysterious meaning, a secret meaning? If it fits within the genre of your writing, then include them 8. Every Story Needs These - Support Characters: when writing supporting characters, be weary of the fact that you may start revert to stereotyping them while sufficient thought goes into making your protagonist unique and unforgettable. This often does not extend to the other characters, but my suggestion is that you take your supporting characters as seriously as you take the main one. Invest the same amount of time in making sure that they are real, too. Give them a distinctive voice or a defining trait. Make sure they don't run the risk. Have been coming a cardboard cut out place there for the lead protagonist benefit. Make sure that they make sense not only as a background character but when they get in the limelight to because they, too, might have their own subplot. Additionally, make sure that these characters makes sense not only in the context of your plot but as realistic relationships or interactions that your main character may have with them. This establishes a support system, feel character, and the character with friends is always going to be more believable than a character who achieves everything on his own. So what is their back story? Just like the video onward building helped you create a focus for the kind of society and setting you want to play. She'll character in your characters themselves need to have some kind of background in order for them to peer realistic. Your characters can't simply exist within the temporal space of your novel. Things must have happened to them before They have their own stories. History off their identity is important. You can shape this back story, feel character in order for them to sound like they belong in your novel. And they arrived there in a logical way with the interweaving between this on the setting, you will be able to create a character that does not sound like they have just dropped him from the sky. What conflicts will these characters have? Yes, on external conflict situation often promise your characters towards the kind of action they need to take to move your story forward, but that's not necessary. The only former conflict that is present in your novel your character themselves are supposed to re like real people on because they're riel. Within your fictional world, you want to make sure they have internal conflicts. This humanizes them and make some more than two dimensional cardboard cutouts. This gives your reader a reason toe. Want to invest some time into these characters and find out what happens to them? Some common internal conflicts include what the character wants to do and what needs to be done, or the dilemma of personal principles over a matter of social expectations. Give your characters the space toe. Battle out these conflicts that they hold within themselves. Present them with situations where you want to show your readers how your character would react. This helps to test your characters moral compass by creating situations where various aspects of it are checked and challenged. Another way to do it is by creating an impossible situation for your character and then asking yourself, What would my carrot to do Now? This helps you further flesh out the characters nature, while also informing the narrative by moving the story forward. In addition to these questions, there is one plot device that is crucial for you to establish not just the pace of the story, but how your characters interact with the story space around them. This plot device is rhythm, rhythm, effectual characters. How much more of them can affect your characters depends on the perspective you choose to adopt, but it does have a significant impact. Regardless, rhythm is crucial to telling your character's story as it is in a screenplay. Think about it in this way. If you were watching a play or a movie on each character, moved on, behaved sluggishly and slowly it wouldn't seem right to you. Similarly, you want to be able to channel a rhythm for each character that is their own, as this sets the tone for how they experience their emotions. It also shows how their internal thoughts flow, and it's also reflected in the way that they employ dialogue. 9. Talk To Me! - All About Dialogue: the words are the currency of your character's dialogue, the way they speak to each other and also speak to themselves. Think about it this way. The word you carried to use are the ones you your readers received to base their opinion on , yes, your characters. Actions are important, But can you imagine a story where no dialogue was used at all? That wasn't a challenge. You to try and write novel without dialogue. Although it has been done, dialogue can be a way to drive the plot forward, create some conflict expressed to a broad audience within the story. What the character's intentions are, it can prompt action on many of the things. Thus it becomes essential to understand how you can create a dialogue that is believable and effective. Dialogue drives things forward. Given that dialogue serves as a vocalization of conflict that is present within characters , all between characters, it's no surprise that dialogue needs to Britain in a way that drives the story forward Now . We all have meaningless conversations sometimes, but that's because we have a lifetime's worth of time to be able to have them. However, your characters don't have a lifetime, they have the length of your novel. They have a very short span of time within which their story needs to be told in a manner that makes your reader want to know more. So as a starting point, skip out the unnecessary dialogue and pleasantries. This will add to the word count of your novel, but it won't add any substance toe what you're trying to do, which is to convey your story in a direct manner. Of course, this is not to say that all dialogue has to create conflict, but as a general rule of thumb, it works. If it does, if you're unsure about a piece of dialogue, one way to ensure that your hair into this rule is to hide the dialogue and check if the story continues in the same way without it. If you decide that it makes no contribution at all to the story, then you should consider removing it. Dialogue doesn't have to contribute to the plot directly, but even through consideration of your character's motivations, their morals or changing their pattern of thinking, dialogue can still be useful. But don't use it as a filler. To increase the word count, Focus on its flow. The strange thing about writing dialogue and indeed all writing in general is that the amount of work you put in needs to guide the peace towards sounding as though it's effortless. As counterintuitive as it may seem, this applies even more specifically to dialogue because you want the conversation to flow naturally, your characters need to have a conversation that sounds plausible within that realm or universe that you're considering. You might benefit from reading the dialogue out loud together with someone else to see if the conversation flows naturally. If not, rework the words to make it sound as though it's a conversation between real people. Dialogue tags are also relevant in this process, with the word said. Being most commonly used. Dialogue tags can be distracting and take the reader away from the actual action or dialogue. So you need to be careful. You don't overuse the word said or similar words. After a while, if you struck to the dialogue properly, it becomes obvious that your characters are saying things to each other. Unless there's a difference in tone, your readers don't need to be actively reminded each sentence. WHO said what in the same way. Make sure your characters don't sound robotic in how they respond. You're not obliged to keep the balance of dialogue between characters in the same ratio, either. One person could say a long sentence on the next person could say a short sentence, and vice versa. As long as they have a good reason for saying what they did. It matters little if they speak a lot, or hardly at all. The contribution is sufficient to move the story alone. Not everyone sounds the same. This is something that people tend to forget when they're writing, because they are the ones giving the voice to everyone. Don't create a situation where you're giving your voice toe all the characters so that they sound the same. Their personalities where they come from, their place in the social hierarchy, the kind of relationships they have with others. All of these shape how your character will sound. And so just like real people, two characters will never sound the same. Focused, unconsciously establishing distinctive voices for your characters. You could even make notes in the planning stage of how you want them to be different, how you want them to sound on what kind of words that they will use strive for consistency on your novel, which means that you mustn't forget which character has which voice. 10. It's Done, What Now? - Editing For Beginners: writing your novel, although fulfilling is a long and arduous process. Once you write the end on your manuscript, you can sit back and take a rest for a week or two. But it's certainly not the end of the process when we write. Sometimes ideas come quickly. We write quickly. We try to do a good job of making the pros readable and interesting, but inevitably, we need to edit as a general rule. For a new writer, you can expect to delete between 10 to 20% of your manuscript. This is quite hard to do because it's your baby. You've developed it and you've worked on it for many months. But it's absolutely essential that you remove words and phrases that don't belong in your story. The first step in everything. Your manuscript. Just editing yourself. After a break of one or two weeks, you re acquaint yourself with the book. You're trying to catch mistakes so you didn't catch while you wrote it. They can be typos, or maybe will rewrite or delete whole chapters. The idea of having a break it's so that you can come back with fresh eyes, slow down. Read it out loud, read what you wrote of that time and is that what you really meant to write? The next stage is to employ or join a group of beater readers. Peter readers are generally volunteers who will read your book and provide your feedback. They're not professional, but they can see potential issues and just let you know how the book flows. It's a good idea to find beater readers or interested in the genre that you're writing about. You don't want readers just to say that's fantastic because their friends or acquaintances try enjoying a group of Be to read it on the Internet. Or if you go to five a dot com, you could probably hire a beater reader for five or $10. After this stage, you begin to think about professional editors. A development editor is someone who looks at the broad picture of your novel. They could improve suggestions on the structure and how to improve the flow on the rhythm of your book. This kind of editor would also look at the characterization, the dialogue and the way that the plot on the subplots develop through the story. A copy of it is looking at the grammar. How you're saying things on exactly what he is saying? What is the meaning? Does it make sense? A copy editor will correct your spelling, your grammar, Angela Punctuation. If you're not used in certain language in quite the right way, they would also point this out. After all those everything steps have been completed, it's time to employ a proof reader. A proof reader is also called a line editor. At this time you caught many of the mistakes and the typos that you've already made, and you don't to make a lot of changes. Now structure is sound, and it flowed really well. The line editor will go through the novel word by word and point out mistakes that you might have missed. It's quite specialized on the people that do this kind of work are used to looking at the fine details off a story. There are several very good online applications that will help you to self edit. The 1st 1 I'm looking at is called Hemingway App. Ernest Hemingway was American writer. I will try to use as few words as possible to tell his story. His prose is direct and very appealing to readers. This application actually looks of the text that you paste in, and it tells you if there are too many words. If you use the passive voice instead of the active too many adverbs on similar things, it tells your sentences are hard to read or if they're too long, let's give it a try. I'm going to blank out the text and pasting another piece of text, which is actually a journalist talking about Hemingway. As you see, various sections of the text are highlighted on the color code tells us exactly what the problem is. If you put the mouse over the color coded word, you'll see some text arrive. The software will either advise you to replace it or just delete it altogether. The next piece of software is called Smart Edit. It does feature a 10 day trial. We should be enough view to edit your finished manuscript. You enter your manuscript into the editor and it will give you suggestions. For example, at the bottom of the screen, you can see that it's listed all the sentences that contain the word carefully in the bottom left hand corner. You can see that the word only was used 47 times and the another adverb carefully used 18 times. It lists other adverbs, such as really, greatly, nearly and easily. It can save you a lot of time in finding the adverbs on many other things as well. How many phrases you repeat too often how many words you misuse, how many words are redundant and many more. One of my favorite applications is called Auto Critz. The interface on the home page is very intuitive. You simply paste him the text into the box, provided click the box, analyze my text for free and then waits to see what happens. You need to end your name and your email address Click work to become published. I want to polish my writing style and view the results, even for a complete manage street. Even for a complete manuscript. It's very quick, and they give you a report. It split up into pacing a mo mentum repetition. How strong the writing is the word choice and dialogue. The overall score is some in the case of how how well you're doing in creating your prose, they will report on things like the length of your sentences with recommendations and what you should do. They tell you how many unnecessary words do you have and what you should delete or replace to tell you the most frequent words used unnecessarily in this case, it's fat. Online editing tools are becoming more and more reliable and useful adviser to use them fully before you pay money. For a professional editor, it's the combination of all these resources that make your story the best it can possibly be. 11. Ready For The Public - Publishing Your Novel: Once we've written our book, we're happy with the final manuscript after editing, then we start to think about having it published, and there are two ways to go. We can either go the conventional way, which is, have a publishing house except your manuscript and create a book from it or you can self publish. There are advantages to both on their frustrations associates with both ways in this section, I also included video explaining how to upload your book to Amazon on the Kindle platform. Once you're done with the editing process and you finish making all the changes you need to change, it's time to think about publishing. The fact that you've got this far is exemplary but isn't enough. If you want to put your novel in front of readers, this test might be a little tricky because he's very competitive out there to aid you along the way. This section provides a brief overview of the different routes available to you what the requirements are. If you're hesitant about getting this process started, just remember that all the work that you put into this novel is worth it. You've created something that needs an audience It's just a matter of finding the right kind of outlet. There will help you reach that audience. At the end of the day, you don't just have a long manuscript that you sometimes take off the shelves and dust it off. The world deserves to be able to read your novel. Traditional publishing refers to the age old design of just getting published in the normal way by having a book printed. It involves literary agents on other third parties. Finishing off with a printer of your book. This form of publishing requires you to submit your work to a literary agent who acts as a go between between you and the publishing group. It then becomes the responsibility of the agent to find you a large publishing house that will publish your book. The publishers also take responsibility for re editing your work on the design aspects of your writing project. I will also be responsible for ensuring that your book gets distributed, told important avenues. They will ensure that all the relevant bookstores will have a copy off your book. They will also take responsibility for digital publication and sales of your book. They bear the cost of printing, editing, design, distribution as well as promotion. And it is likely that you'll be paid a certain amount of money up front for your manuscript if they accept it. However, one consideration is that the whole process from start to end could take up to a year, so you need to be very patient. If you choose to go this route, this former publishing will appear to you. If you want the satisfaction of seeing your books in an actual bookshop, you need to note that this former publishing means that the publisher will have the final say about essential decisions about your book. It is common for established novelist to choose this route, but often it is very difficult for the new writer. You're probably aware that digital publishing is taken the traditional world by storm with the event of social media, new and inventive promotional strategies have come forth that allow to explore this option as a serious alternative to the traditional publishing. Given that the way readers consume content on the kind of world they want to see is changing, then this is a really alternative for new writers. The third party involvement of traditional publishers and literary agents can be quite a hassle. Not only do you have to find an agent toe approve of your work, then the next stage is to find a publisher, and this is not easy or quick. Digital publishing turns that on its head it revolutionizes the way we can publish books. For instance, digital publishing involves lower costs of your end. It also lets you keep a significant portion off the prophet. However, you will not get any money up front, and you will not see your books in the bookstores. It is an excellent way to reach out to a broad audience worldwide. As long as you have marketing abilities, you need to develop a marketing strategy for your online novel on Be willing to put in some time to promote it actively. In this form of publishing, the uncertainty of finding a publisher is replaced by the uncertainty of selling your book efficiently on marketing it properly. There are many. Resource is out there on the Internet to help you do just that, and it's the route that many thousands of new writers actually take 12. Do It Yourself - Kindle Publishing: There are several programs we can use to upload our book online, but I'm going to take a brief look at the most popular, which is KDP amazon dot com. K V P stands for Kindle. Direct Publishing on the upload process is very simple. We can either signing with a new account or with the Amazon account. Most people have an Amazon account, as do I, so I simply sign in annual reach. The Kindle Direct publishing page. This first page is called The Bookshelf, and this is where I have the books that I've who uploaded to Kindle. When you put in a new book on Kindle, you click Kindle e book and you arrive at a page filled with empty fields for you to complete. Now I'm going to go back to the bookshelf. I'm going to edit one of my books to show you how these fields should be completed. I'll edit the book details when we get to exactly the same page as if you're creating a new book. First of all the languages English, we enter the title here on the subtitle here if you need one. A subtitle is always a good idea. on Kindle because it gives you an extra way for people to find you in their search function . The series name on volume number. I don't bother with that. In addition, number is optional. We can move straight on, put in your often name first and last name, and if there any other contributors, you can enter them here. The description for the book is the blurb that appears on your Amazon book page. As you can see, there is a character limit, but this description is actually very important for getting your book found. The field is except simple html markup, such as here. I'm using the H two tag, which is a heading tag to make this stand out. I can also use the bold tag to make certain phrases stand out. You can also underline and use italics as well. Once you have the description entered, move down. Click. I owned the copyrights, and then you can enter keywords. A good place to get the key words from is to go to Amazon and just typing. Start typing the subject of your book. Amazon will also suggest certain keywords. Just take these keywords and into the enter them into these fields in the next section. We have categories, and you're allowed to set two categories. As this book is about writing, I've Children, authorship and competition and creative writing. If you click the set category bottom, you'll be presented with various categories. You can drill down and choose the exact one that you need. Not many people know that you can actually have your book entered into seven more categories. You can send an email to the KDP support team very quickly. They'll reply into the book into the categories that you request. So overall you'll have your book in nine countries instead of just two, which also helps to get your book found. Here's another optional feel the Children's book Rage or the Reading Age. I don't normally bother with those. No, the preorder. So when you filled in that section that first page, you can see that we have three pages. The book details which we've completed the content on the pricing. So I'm gonna move to content. You can either choose to have digital rights management for your book, yes or no. I normally choose no so that it gets maximum amount of sharing and then you can upload your manuscript. As you can see, it will accept Doc, Doc, ex, even html Mobi e Pub, Rich text and also plain text. So there's quite a range. If you're writing your book inward, for example, then you could upload your manuscript in doc format. But take care because there is some format and required. If you upload your manuscript, it will give you a spell check, and you can view them and see if you want to change them or make any amendments. Next, we're going to put a cover on our book. I normally choose to a blow to cover, and you can click upload your cover file, and I designed these covers myself. Normally in a little program online called Can Va, I'm going to go to Canada dot com. Now you can see that on the left hand side, you have the option to create a design, or you can simply click the E book image and you can create a yourself. As you can see from my designs. I use this extensively for creating e book covers and other kinds, of course, images for YouTube, you, Demi and various other platforms. It's free, and it's very, very intuitive and easy to use. So if you click the e book design cover, then it will open. You'll have the the right size feel e book and also a selection of ready made covers. Some are free and some are paid. Let's just click a free cover, and then you can click the text and change the text as you wish. You can also import images your own images, either from their library or you can blow them yourself. So all in all, it's a very good way to create your book cover without spending any money at all. So when you have your cover uploaded, you can preview your book by clicking the launch pre viewer, and you will see how it will look inside the Kindle reader. Then you can save and continue, which will take you to the pricing page. At the top of the pricing page, you can see with KDP Select enrollment. It is best to enroll in KDP Select because this is where users of Kindle Unlimited, who pay a monthly subscription, can choose book from the library and you'll be paid for each page that is red for territories, click all territories worldwide rights and for pricing. You can use the service KDB pricing support, which will tell you the optimum price for your book of its size in the marketplace. I normally choose 70% royalty plan, which tells me that my minimum price is $2. 99. On the 70% plan, I received $2 and four cents for each sale. The matchbook option is when you have a print version of your book. By clicking this, you allow people to buy the e book at reduced rate or even free, which is what I normally do. EBook lending is when people can loan the book to their family or friends for a period of 14 days. It spends the word, and it also gives you a little bit more earning power because of the KDP select programs. Now you're ready to publish your Kindle E book. You click the publish button and it will save Someone is done. You'll get a little window to say that it will take up to 72 hours