How to Write a Book in the Digital Publishing Paradigm: 1


How to Start

Starting to write a book can be like jumping into the ocean feet first, in that joyful way innocent ocean-lovers splash water everywhere, unlike trained swimmers, who dive in like graceful fish.

For the first timer, starting to write a book can be such a joyful, enthralling experience, she becomes spontaneous and just writes and writes. That’s a great thing because it means her ideas are flowing, and she should go with that flow. But it’s also a good idea for her to understand the flow, understand where it comes from and where it’s going so she can bring some discipline to the process.

Why Do We Start To Write?

There are circumstances that guide us to that point of spontaneous composition of a work that could become a best-selling book. Such circumstances can create a pressing and important idea that can occupy our consciousness for a long time, an idea we must share. If such a significant circumstance has led you to think you should write about it, you will probably be able to develop that idea, no matter how challenging the process is. You could regard such an idea as the seed or germ of your book. That idea is the “big idea” or the thesis of your book.

Each narrative, whether it be a fiction or non-fiction narrative, has a main idea, a thesis, as it’s called, and that’s usually where you start to write.

Your Thesis

As you articulate your big idea, you may not be aware that you’re writing your thesis, but it’s essential to know this big idea hovering within your consciousness is a thesis, and that you can develop that idea into a clear concise statement that would guide you throughout the advanced stages of your writing. For non- fiction works, there generally isn’t a thesis statement, but there is a thesis idea.

The point is that when writing a book you start with the seed or germ of an idea, which you develop into your main idea, and articulate as your thesis.

A thesis statement is a sentence which contains two parts: one part expresses your subject, the other part expresses what you are saying about your subject.

Here is an example of a thesis statement: Boys who are in nurturing relationships with their fathers become strong, learn skills and develop life-affirming social values.

See how the thesis statement is integrated into an article about the subject.