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Welcome to Phillip Harrison.ca !  Writing is not only a craft that has to be practiced, but also an expedition into history, science, mythology and technology, as well as a great many other realms of understanding.  If a writer doesn't understand his or her genre in which they are stumbling and crafting, at least the basics, it is very easy for them to become lost in the landscape that makes up their book.  Writers also have to become quick studies in the art of human nature.  This doesn't just apply to the mystery writers, it spans all of the crafts worlds.  Being able to understand what a "character" in your book is wanting or about to do, is every bit as important as the final decision that they may have to make when faced with many hard decisions that you throw before them!

Writing is the only profession I can think of that requires no license, no certificate, no special training, and no special tools. Anyone who wants to can be a writer. Here is where many people talk themselves out of writing and give up.  All you have to do is write.  YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY TO WRITE A BOOK! Its all about writing that book so here are the basics of..How to Write a Book: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Started.

Step 1. Develop a Kick-Ass Idea. All book writing has to start somewhere, and the best place to kick off your manuscript is by coming up with a great idea. Book ideas come in all shapes and sizes and can be found anywhere—an article you read from your local newspaper, a conversation you overheard at Starbucks, a recent experience you during a vacation, etc. You’re overall idea should be narrowed down to one-to-two paragraphs, similar to the back cover copy you find on most books. When writing books, idea is king. Always remember that.

Step 2. Create 3-Dimensional Characters. How to start writing a book begins with an idea, but your idea needs to be carried out with well-developed characters. This doesn’t just mean fictional characters—memoirs and nonfiction book still have characters, even if those characters are based on real people. When you write your own book, you must ask yourself what makes this character unique, what is the No. 1 thing this character wants and what obstacles must he or she overcome to reach it. Readers love flawed, yet relatable characters. Strive to make your characters as interesting as possible.

Step 3. Give Yourself Deadlines. Maybe the most pivotal step in the steps to writing a book, setting a deadline and sticking to it is essential. It’s the difference between serious writers and those who are merely dreamers. Too many writers say they are going to write a book and, after starting strong, find excuses as to why they stopped (or are on a super-long pause from writing books). There are definitely legitimate reasons that could prevent you from book writing—help needed in the family, a health issue, etc. But if you’re serious about writing a book, you have to make time for it. Deadlines will push you to do just that. (The free download below offers advice on how to help set reasonable deadlines and stick to them).

Step 4. Sit Your Butt Down and Write. You can spend as much time as you want reading tips for writing a book, how to write books and how to edit your novel—and you should spend some time doing that. You should invest in studying the craft and learning how to write a bestseller. But you’ll never write a book if you don’t spend time writing. Do it during your lunch break. Do it while waiting for the kids at soccer practice. Do it after everyone goes to bed. There’s no official book writing template, there’s just you, a pen and a paper (or a computer, of course).

Its as simple as that! A writer has to have lived the experience, even if its only in their minds.  The scenes in each chapter must play like a movie in your head, and then they have to be described to everyone else in such a way that they can easily imagine them and get caught up by the experiences themselves.  The true craft of writing is in description of people places and events, without getting into long winded discussions about them.  The characters must metaphorically drag each reader through a series of events and places, past important and unimportant characters alike, without making it feel boring and repetative and exhausting.  This is the truest nature of writing in the fiction genres.  All the while the experience of the book must be both compelling and exciting, and quick paced enough to leave the reader trapped in the scene; not quite wanting to leave the last one, but with a compunction and a burning desire to "see what happens next".  When you are writing whats around that next corner, or up in the attic, or hiding in the forest just beyond the safety of the garage light, you must ask yourself, why would anyone want to go and see that for themselves!


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