How to write a book (II)

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Today we will continue with the tips to encourage you to put into words those ideas that flutter restlessly in your head. If you have assimilated what we said in the first instalment, let's get to the hard part: write.

Person writing.

  • Choose the genre and theme. Although this is fairly self-evident, it is very important to write something we are really passionate about. If it is a burden, we will surely be crushed by it one day and retire. Writing a book is an uphill battle, so from the beginning we have to be highly motivated. On the other hand, although the most common genre (and best-selling nowadays, it must be said) is the novel, you can investigate other very interesting genres such as the essay or the well-known "gonzo journalism" (to give you a well-known example, this is what Antonio Salas does in Spain).
  • Decide how you will tell the storyFirst, second or third person. We can practically discard the second person, because it is rarely used (perhaps more frequently in short stories). Choosing the narrative voice is very important. Think that the first person is much more direct and intimate. The third person allows you to play more with the feelings of each of the characters as an omniscient narrator. On the other hand, if you are writing about someone else's real life, writing in the first person is very compromising, while writing in the third person perhaps gives more room for "error".
  • Brainstorming. "Brainstorming. Don't discard ideas, write them all down on a piece of paper. Maybe they will come in handy later. By ideas we mean sequences, narrative connections, descriptions, phrases or simply words that you would like to put into your story.


  • Keep a notebook with you at all times. You never know when you will come up with a fantastic idea for your story. If you procrastinate, you're likely to forget it. On the other hand, it's also a good idea to keep a few sheets of paper on your bedside table. Sometimes we wake up suddenly in the middle of the night with a great idea that we don't write down, and the next morning, of course, it's gone. Write it down right away, and if you're in the mood, get writing. They say that in those "dreamlike" moments of the night is when the mind is most ready to write.
  • Take the air. Although there are writers who withdraw into their studios and are very prolific, in my personal experience I advise that, when we feel our minds blocked, we should leave the notebook or the computer and go for a walk. If we are blocked we will not write anything. A long walk is very useful for sorting out ideas, shaping characters and tying up loose ends.

That's all. If you've decided to write, lots of encouragement and work, work, work, work, because the writer's life is not an easy one.

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2 thoughts on “Cómo escribir un libro (II)”

  1. aaaaau oooppps, I think that's happened to me many times. I'll try to keep a notebook near me while I sleep.

    1. Raquel Andres

      Yes, it is very common for great ideas to come to us while we are asleep, but we have to write them down, otherwise they are soon gone! The bad thing is that sometimes when we wake up in the middle of the night we think an idea is wonderful, and in the light of day the idea is either completely unoriginal or totally incoherent. In any case, it's a good exercise!

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