There is no single way to write a book

‘There is no single way to write a book. Anyone that says different is trying to sell you something.’

With apologies to The Princess Bride for butchering their quote…

This is something I come up against a lot in writers’ groups, kids who think they can’t write a story because the method they are taught in English class simply doesn’t suit them. It’s also something I experience whenever I have attended a class or read a ‘how to’ book on writing. This is one reason I don’t want to get a degree in creative writing!

In spite of what teachers and books tell you, there is no single way to write a book. If you get 10 authors in a room, chances are you’ll find 10 different writing methods. I know for me that even different books I write have a different method depending on the book and what else is going on in my life at the time. I know that writing a picture book is different to writing a novel, and I write them differently too.

I advise those I work with to look at the different methods. They work for some people and not for others. I encourage them to give them a try, experiment, and then find the method or methods that work for them.

There are so many programs that will teach a method for writing a book and they promise all sorts of things, but if that method doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. Unfortunately, many of these programs can leave you feeling like a failure if that method doesn’t work for you and that you should just ‘try harder’. This isn’t always the answer.

The answer is simply: Write your book your way!

The right way to write a book is to get it written, no matter how that happens.

Whatever method you use to write your story, have fun with it and enjoy the process.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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