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I have had so many people say to me, “I don’t know where to start! How do you do it?’ How do you manage to write a book?” Well, it may not be as difficult as you fear. The doing simply is in the knowing how. If you wish to learn more about this, visit view here.

Many elements go into any written work, but let’s start with the basics. Just as you prepared for doing your homework as a child and young adult, you must also prepare for writing your manuscript. This isn’t something you can just jump into and succeed in giving it your best.

First of all, most publishers want your work written in Microsoft Word. Documents must be single spaced, with no spaces between paragraphs. Each paragraph with a five space indent.

This may vary from publisher to publisher, so do your homework. Go to their website and read their guidelines for submission.

Today’s publishers want submissions to be in pristine condition with:

Correct punctuation

Correct grammar

Vigorous editing

If you’re trying for traditional publishing, most houses have their word count limits set between 65 and 100,000 words.

Get an editor on board!

Find a writing/editing partner to work with, whose strengths do not mirror your own.

For instance, let’s say that you are very good with dialogue, and they are weak – but they are very good with punctuation, grammar and verb tense agreement. You can help each other tremendously. In the end, however, a professional editor can be invaluable. The publishing world is not what it used to be. An editor probably will not be provided, and many works are rejected on bad-editing alone.

Invest in a good writing guide such as Hodges’ Harbrace College Handbook or Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. They will be invaluable to you throughout your literary career.

Start out with a good outline

Eternal beauties have “good bones.” Your book has to have “good bones” to be a good book – that is, good organization, a good outline… a good “skeleton.” Create an outline for your book to keep you on track. This doesn’t mean that the outline can’t change, but if you write out a “road map” for your work, you won’t get lost before you reach your destination: the end of your book.

Join a writing group

Many writing groups are set up so that, in order to be critiqued, you must reciprocate. So if you are active with other writers, you will get feedback on your work. This is all done with respect and a desire to help each member become a better writer. An active writing group is also an excellent place to find your writing/editing partner.

Learn to take criticism

It’s nice to hear someone say, “Oh, I just love your work!” But does this help you? Maybe a little, but honest constructive criticism is your best tool for improving your writing skills. Sometimes, the people closest to you, are the worst ones to listen to about your work. They will either tell you that you are brilliant, when you are not, or not talented – when you are! Some may even tell you to give up. Only you can decide if you want to go on, and if the need within you to write is great, then go for it