How to Write a Book – Introduction

How to Write a Book

As I said back in December, I want to take this opportunity to take you on my journey of writing and self-publishing my debut novel, Goblins Know Best. I certainly don’t profess to know it all and I’m not saying that there is a right or wrong way to go about doing all of this, but I’d like to share with you what I have learnt over the last six months.

I am sure you will have noticed that the title for this series is ‘How to Write a Book’ and that is exactly what you will hopefully get from these posts, a balanced insight into what it takes to plan, compose and polish a piece of written work. My methods will not necessarily be right for you but you will hopefully pick up some tips and ideas from this series that I will showcase over the next six weeks.

Firstly to give you a bit of background information about me, I have been an avid reader since the day I could pick up a book and was able to read to myself. Before that my parents used to read to me on a daily basis. I started writing in 1996 whilst living in Sicily and have written periodically ever since. My main love is the Fantasy genre but I also enjoy SciFi, Crime, Horror and Paranormal, Military (both fictional and factual) and a good Thriller. I also enjoy watching movies and have been inspired over the years by films like Conan, Red Sonja, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Willow and Krull (films that as a lover of fantasy you should most definitely see if you haven’t already). This has all come together to not only help inspire my writing but to also generate a deep desire to one day create something compelling myself. I was greatly encouraged in December 2012 when I found out that my short story submission from earlier that year had won a place in the Fantasy Faction Anthology out of 1700 submissions. As you can imagine this was a massive confidence booster and helped me decide that my novel, staring the same characters featured in the short story, should be self-published. My dream came to fruition in the January of this year and you can find my book, Goblins Know Best, on many of the available eReader platforms.

That’s all for now but make sure you come back next week for Part One of ‘How to Write a Book’ where we’ll explore the process of idea formulation, making a start and setting our goals.

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