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How to Write a Book

There is no one way to write a book. Everyone has their own way of thinking, and of organizing those thoughts.


When I did technical writing, the best way to do that was to pre-organize an article (or a book) via outlines, and then write the text. In those cases, I started by KNOWING what I wanted to say before I wrote the article or book.


Fiction is very different. It's more creative. For ME, I find that the story evolves as I tell it. I do not "pre-organize" the entire book. I write. As I write, characters develop, and problems unfold. These are the bases for what I write next.


Does EVERYONE write fiction this way? I don't know, but my hunch is that most people do. It might be that there are some masters of the craft that can outline their entire book before writing it.


But frankly, I doubt it.


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