My Twisted Writer Brain…, Writing a Book

How Do You Write A Book?

There’s a big wide world out there and we all have stories. 

Some say their lives are boring and there’s no tales to tell, but once you start talking about when you were a kid, your first love, or perhaps your first broken heart… These all translate into emotions and the essence of story. 

Once I have that nugget, I’ll let it stir in my wonderful writer brain and stew away. It morphs, grows, and eventually becomes something that must be told. It needs to get onto the page. 

Many people have those stories banging around in their fantastic brains, but never do anything about it because they don’t know where to start. 

To stare at a blank page is intimidating and foreign to many. 

How do I write a book? is one of the most common questions I get. There’s no right or wrong answer because the journey depends on the person asking the question.

I always find that the best way to learn is to listen, talk, and discuss the writing process. This can lessen the fear and provide some confidence in moving forward. 

The other thing is to read a lot in all different genres. This is really an unwritten rule, but one that is a must if you want to write. Basically, some famous person said… ‘good writers read’. Simple as that.

To write a book means to sit down and do just that…write.

Is that enough? The answer is not as simple as yes or no because there’re so many variables. 

If you want to simply write… go for it. If you want to publish (even self publish) there are some things you should know. 

Sharing the writing process and talking about the nuances involved, is one of my favorite things to do–like seriously!

So, this September the Wine Country Writers’ Festival is in-person and I’d love to talk writing with you. Check it out at and register before it sells out.

Sorry we don’t have a virtual option so you’ll just have to show up in person… Yay! Let’s Chat. 

If you can’t get to the Festival, I understand. I’ll still be sharing writing info here at My Twisted Writer Brain. Make sure you’re following both the blog and the newsletter.


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