Monday, March 27, 2017

how to write your book



From the author:

According to the New York Times, over 81% of Americans felt they had a book in them.

Want to write a book? Want to write YOUR life story? A family member's? Someone else you know? Want to write a book about something you know a lot about (career, hobby, lifestyle etc)?

My new book, "How To Write Your Nonfiction Book" is a guide for the beginning nonfiction book writer. This book deals with: the book idea, title, research, work habits and overcoming obstacles. This how-to book shows you how to get started ... and how to get finished. And it's easy to read and easy to understand!

Available in paperback, on amazon. $6.99
Here's some excerpts from How To Write Your Nonfiction Book:

So you want to write a book? That sounds like a good idea, a great idea, a worthy goal, a dream. Or a fantasy. Thinking about writing a book, dreaming about it – and doing it – are very different. Thinking about it is like singing in the shower. Writing it and putting it out for the world to see is like singing on stage, in front of an audience.

Beginning writers can have stage fright. Feelings of unworthiness, and/or suffer from a lack of experience or know-how. It can be overwhelming. These are normal feelings. Lousy but normal. Feelings which can stop you from writing your book. Don’t let them. Write your book!

The purpose of this book – and all my books - is to motivate, stimulate and educate. That also applies to writing your nonfiction book.
Which nonfiction category does your book fall into? Common genres include:

Biography/autobiography – narrative of a person's life; a true story about a real person

Essay – a short literary composition that reflects the author's outlook or point

Owner's manual (also Instruction manual, User's guide) – an instructional book or booklet that is supplied with consumer products such as vehicles, home appliances, firearms, toys and computer peripherals

Journalism – reporting on news and current events

Memoir – factual story that focuses on a significant relationship between the writer and a person, place, or object; reads like a short novel

Narrative nonfiction/personal narrative – factual information about a significant event presented in a format which tells a story

Reference book

Self-help book

Textbook – authoritative and detailed factual description of a topic.

There are also many subjects covered by nonfiction books. Which subject(s) does YOUR book deal with?




Body, Mind & Spirit

Business & Economics



Crafts & Hobbies


Family & Relationships














Performing Arts





Political Science






Social Science





True Crime
What if you can’t write?
Lots of people are not good at writing. In fact, lots of people are truly lousy at writing. What do you do if you want to write a book but can’t write well? How do you write a book on a computer if you are computer illiterate? Write it anyway. You can use other ways to tell your story. Write it on paper, using a pen or pencil. Dictate it if you are more comfortable speaking rather than writing. When you’re done find someone to transcribe your words onto a computer (onto paper). Or find a co-author or someone and TELL your story and have THEM write it down.

Lots of authors do not write well. It may seem easier to write a book if a writer can actually write, but don’t let that stop you from doing your book!

Lots of people can’t do math either. It doesn’t mean they are stupid, it just means their brains are just not wired to do math. Same with writing. Some of the smartest and most successful people on the planet couldn’t write a proper sentence or were dyslexic. If they had to write something they found someone to write it for them. Including books.

As for me, I was always good in English. Since I was 10 years old I enjoyed reading books, lots of books. That’s how I learned how to write. By reading. I also learned to write from Ernest Hemingway. What? Ernest Hemingway? Really? No, not from him personally. From reading his great books. He wrote simply, clearly and strongly. And when asked the secret of his fabulous writing style he said, “Use only enough words to tell the story – and no more”. I have followed his advice in all of my many nonfiction books.

Yes, I can write and I’m somewhat computer literate. But I can’t type. I hunt and peck on my laptop keyboard with my two index fingers. Sometimes with just one finger. I’m slow as hell and I make a LOT of mistakes. But I get the job done. So can you!

How Do You Write A Book?
I've written 22 books. Here's something I learned about writing a book: you write a book one word at a time. Put several words together and you can make a sentence. Several sentences make a paragraph. Paragraphs make up a page. Pages make up a chapter. And chapters make up a book. It’s a process. A manageable process, when you break it down into small, manageable steps. Words. Words become sentences, become paragraphs, becomes chapters - becomes a book. Anyone can write (or say) one or more words at a time. Yes, even you!

Want to write a book? Read THIS book!

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Write your book. A book is a living legacy. YOU can have a living legacy - a legacy for your friends, your family, for society, for yourself. Books are forever.

Write your book. Get started. This book can help you do that!

Stop dreaming about it - and start doing it!