There are a lot of good on-line articles on writing and publishing, but there are some not-so-good ones also. Nothing is more annoying than coming across a tweet with a link to say The Three Key Things You Must Know Before You Publish only to find when you click on the article tells you absolutely nothing of any use. Or, like Fifty-Five Short Story Competitions for Jack Russell Owners, the article turns out to be just a list of links, half of which don’t work, with a disclaimer at the bottom that the author isn’t entirely sure that these are short story competitions or that the organizers like dogs.
With that in mind I’ve written my own bait click article.
Ten Critical Things You Must Do To Write A Book:
(1) Breathe. Dead people cannot write a book.
(2) Open your eyes. Otherwise, you cannot see what you are writing.
(3) Have an original idea. It can be fiction or non-fiction. Non-fiction is generally truer than fiction.
(4) Have something on which to record your story. Examples include word processors, blank pages, vellum, papyrus, and clay tablets.
(5) Use the appropriate tool to record your story. For example, pens and quills work well for blank pages, but not for tablets and computer screens.
(6) Write in a language you understand.
(7) Make sure you understand the concepts of ‘book’ and ‘novel’. Check them out on Wikipedia.
(8) Read lots of books about writing and publishing. You can find these books in book shops and on-line stores. They will cost money, but they are worth it if you want to build a successful career.
(9) Get a dictionary. If you don’t know what this is, look it up.
(10) Read my book as a good example of how the finished product should look. It’s cheap and it’s on sale at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Itunes, etc. There’s even a paperback.
DISCLAIMER: The author of this article does not maintain that this is an exhaustive list of steps, or that all steps listed are required in every case to write a book. The order of the steps is not prescriptive. The reader should do his/her own research.