How To Write A Book

Uploaded by kalebnation on 27.09.2010

One of the questions I probably get asked most often is How Do I Write A Book, and that’s
a pretty much impossible question to answer. There’s not really an easy way to explain
how anyone writes a book. It’s like trying to explain how to fall in love, you can’t
really put it into words or instructions well. A book usually just starts off with you wandering
around in a mess of potential ideas in your head and, picking one to go with, then deciding
that one isn’t right, then chasing after another one and finding out that one’s not
right either And then suddenly, from nowhere, comes this
idea that you didn’t expect at all, and it just hits you like a train, and suddenly
you’re obsessed with writing it down, and going into the backstories of ever tiny character
and planning out histories and futures and worlds and every aspect of these character’s
lives. That’s when you know you’ve found The Idea. That’s the start.
Then, where you were once struggling to push out a thousand or a hundred or even 5 words
a day, now you’re writing five thousand or ten thousand or fifteen thousand because
you can’t pull yourself from writing this story. My writing tends to start at 5 in the
evening and go to two or three AM but that’s because I entirely lose track of time when
I’m writing. It pretty much becomes your life. You only fall deeper into the story
the more you get to know it. For example when I had the idea for Bran Hambric,
it came to me late at night, and it just hit me with this image of two people on a rooftop,
and suddenly I became obsessed with finding out every detail behind the how’s and who’s
and why’s of this image. And after the initial buzz that I got from
writing on this new idea, the freshness of it wore off, and it’s then that a writer
gets to find out if it’s the real thing or just another idea that’ll end up stuffed
in a box somewhere. That’s where things start to get a bit difficult,
you have to plot out chapters, change things, revise it, then change it again and revise
it again. That’s when some people just give up – it’s difficult to go on and it’s
easy to stop and look for something newer and more temporarily interesting. Some people
leave their stories orphaned like that. But some people press on through the hard times
because they really, truly love this idea. They keep it up until they reach the end,
and write that last word. And those are the people who become authors.
So I’d have to say that the way to write a book is to fall in love with an idea so
much that you’re willing to stick out five or six years or however long it’ll take
writing it and then finding an agent and a publisher and all the ridiculous hoops you
have to jump through. Because the only way anyone would be mad enough
to do all that work with no real promise of any tangible reward at the end is if you truly
love it. And if you love it enough, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it
work, and turn that idea into a book. By Kaleb Nation
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