Word by word.
That’s the answer Stephen King gave when he was asked how he writes. And that’s the answer to the question: How to write a book?
So if you are looking for a quick answer, I’ll just say there it is and will rest my case.
But I presume you’re looking for a detailed answer. If so, read on.
You’ve long felt that you have a book in you—you have a message to convey, something important to say, perhaps a brilliant story to tell—but you don’t get the time to write. Life keeps getting in.
You have a day job to maintain, look after your family, catch-up with friends, watch the latest movies, and hence writing that book keeps getting pushed down in your To-do list.
You think you’ll write the book when you get some time but you never get that time.
I know, I know. I’ve been there.
One fine day I sat down to write my book but didn’t finish the work. I couldn’t.
I was working as a full time content writer then and the job was very demanding. The weekends were spent resting.
Although I wrote whenever I could find time, it wasn’t sufficient.
It took me around one and a half year of intermittent work just to finish the first draft! Then a further three months of full time work to redraft, re-edit, and refine it.
You can download my book Concision‘s PDF version for free to see how it looks.
Although I wrote non-fiction, a lot of the lessons I learned in the process and which I’ve written below, apply to fiction as well.
I understand how much work goes into the writing of a book. And if you don’t have a burning passion for it within you then you won’t finish writing it.