FAQ: How Do You Write Your Books?

How Do You Write Your Books?

I usually start by brainstorming ideas in a notebook. This is to give me an idea whether there’s enough material for a whole book, and how big the book might be. Those ideas then get turned into an outline in Scrivener. I love Scrivener because I can break a document down into chapters and sections, and rearrange them as I get a better handle on how the book should flow. Once I have the outline, I throw down what I call the puke draft. I just write the whole thing, from beginning to end, as quickly as possible. The concept is to get everything out of my system, even though I know it’s going to be a hot mess. I let that draft rest for a few days. Then I go back a re-read it and make notes on what needs to be rewritten, as opposed to just edited. I note

Once I have the outline, I throw down what I call the puke draft. I just write the whole thing, from beginning to end, as quickly as possible. The concept is to get everything out of my system, even though I know it’s going to be a hot mess. I let that draft rest for a few days. Then I go back a re-read it and make notes on what needs to be rewritten, as opposed to just edited. I note where there need to be some segues or bridging text to help the manuscript flow, or where I need to expand on a thought or add a section for clarity.

Before I start the second draft, I dump the whole manuscript into MS Word to spell check it. It gets run through Hemingway and Grammarly for style editing and to help with clarity. Then I set it aside for a few days before re-reading it again. After that, I dive into the second draft. Unless I have some epiphany about how to better structure the book or a major change or addition to the content, the second draft is usually the end before it goes off to proofreading and final editing,

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