How to write a book

Writing a book? Start here.

When you set out to write a book you’re faced with a myriad of choices. Do you just write and see what happens? Do you attend a creative writing course? Do you sit around doing “research” on social media all day (popular option).

It’s hard to know where to start so we’ve compiled this useful overview of the best articles about writing ever published on

We can’t write a book for you but this is the next best thing. Feel free to bookmark this page, share it with any authors who could use the help. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around doing nothing, keep writing.

Creative writing exercises

When you’re starting out as a writer it’s vital that you read a lot and that you write a lot. When you then come to writing a book you’ll find it far easier than it would have been otherwise.

4 creative writing exercises that will improve your craft

Creative writing prompts: The complete guide

The top ten books on writing that’ll make you a better writer

Starting to write a book

Starting the actual writing process is definitely the hardest part. This is where it’s good to have a good understanding of the fundamentals of writing. Knowing how to structure a novel and how to get through that first draft will really help you overcome writer’s block.

7 (free) online writing tools that will make you more productive

5 essential story elements you mustn’t forget

What everybody ought to know about writing a first chapter

Writing your first draft is not as scary as it seems

The pros and cons of plotting a novel

Scrivener Review: Is it the best book writing software?

Editing and rewriting your book

Once you have finished your first draft you’re going to have to think about editing. This can include both self editing and professional editing.

10 self-editing tips too vital to ignore

A quick note about the different types of editing

Four secrets that will turn you into an objective editor

Our book editing services

Writing mechanics

Struggling to connect to your characters? Interview them.

Internal monologue: How to use your character’s thoughts to advance your story

Does every story need a character arc?

Why your characters need to have a goal

How to write compelling character arcs in a series

Writing genre fiction

The 3 golden rules of writing a young adult novel

The 3 golden rules of writing a science fiction book

Writing fantasy fiction: how to make the magic work

What readers want from erotica (and how writers can give it to them)


Writing non-fiction

How to nail your non-fiction introduction

The 3 golden rules of writing a self-help book

Writing creative nonfiction – how to stay safe (and legal)

The right way to write a memoir

Six tips for writing a memoir that people will actually read