How to write a book? Can anyone give suggestions?

Malaysia
November 22, 2007 9:22am CST
My friend wanna write a book on Health. She has all the details (contents) but do not know how to start. Can anyone help?
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5 responses
• Australia
23 Nov 07
She should just start writing. Sit down and do it! it doesn't have to make sense to begin with, that comes with reading through and changing this and that. Good on her!
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• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
Thx newzealtralian! S T A R T ..is the magic word!
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• Australia
23 Nov 07
Yep! Just doing it will make the words flow and then her thoughts and ideas will fall into place. The real work is in the editing.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Nov 07
you start by writing down the first words. Then you keep writing until its finished. AND then you go back & revise it.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
Thx ElicBxn! Will get her to Start.. If she dont Start, she'll never finish.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Nov 07
Honestly, you can take classes, buy books, try to learn stuff, but if you have the info together, all you really need to do is START. now, an outline can help, but you said she had the info so I'm assuming its in some kind of organized form NOTHING is more difficult about writing than that black peice of paper in front of you I call pens "impliments of distruction" because they are going to mess up that pretty, intimidating black sheet of paper.
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
22 Nov 07
Hi mushroomLady. First and foremost she must have discipline of writing (own words and referrals word). To learn it in speedy way she has to buy one famous health book and started her observation from cover to the end cover of that particular book. If she was graduate as B.Sc, it is easy to tell because it is just like preparing one study thesis. OK may I suggest the basic learning of it. Look at the "Table of Content" of each book, it includes; 1. Introduction, 2. Motives or Objectives, 3. Title 1, 2, 3,....., last title. And it must be arranged in well mannered for which title to be the first as all titles are inter-related to each other and in the sequel order., 4. Summary, 5. Referrals name, title, year of published, book referral name and edition/volume/published date. 6. Learn how to write footnote for any page that have referrals words/sentences. HAPPY DAPPY.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
Hi fren. Thx for your suggestions. She is writing bout Ganotherapy. Its her own experience n testimonies. She is a retired Head nurse who is very experienced in treating cancer n other illnesses. I am her student.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
That make things better as no plagiarism element exist in her publish work. But better make money from her writing works as she was a qualified person. If I were in her shoes, I will do it commercially and 25 percent (25%) of one unit selling price will go for donation legit organization. Contributing while earnings, a must.
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
22 Nov 07
In the first place you should have a good story in mind. Secondly select an attractive title. Thirdly split the story into chapters. Make each chapter into several paragraphs. Determine the size of the book Type chapter after chapter. Take a draft and read it next day or week later. You will see some of the paragraph require modification. Edit it, check for grammer mistakes, ensure highsounding words are used to make it grace and gives strength to the characters in the book. Get it reviewed by a person who has studied English literature so that construction of sentences and grammer mistakes are corrected. Then make the corrections to the book, submit the manufascript to a publisher who will tell how much royalty he will pay for publishing it. Try to include pictures/cartoons/graphic pesentation to make it more interesting and menaingful.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
GOOD suggestions ssh...! Will pass her your comments.Thx!
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Before starting my book, I selected five other books that were similar to what I wanted to write and studied them. I looked at how they were organized, what information might have been missing, what information wasn't covered well enough, and if the books had source material quoted from experts or other notable people in the field. Then, I outlined the topic, created an outline, and drafted each chapter lightly.