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Hey, my name is shakita ford.  I want to know how to write and start my own book. I need lots of help. I don't know nothing.

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Thanks for your question, Shakita.

Enter into your browser's search field the words "how to write a book" or "how to write a novel" (without the quotation marks). Lots of resources will come up. A novel is fiction; all other books are nonfiction.

Go to www.springfieldwritersguild.org. On the Home Page under Resources are links to several excellent websites with information that will help you. I think the best resource is www.writersdigest.com, which has several free newsletters you may subscribe to.

Check with your local library for a writers club near you you could join. You will get a lot of free information at a writers club, make friends who share you interests, and get your writing critiqued for free.

Best wishes for every success.

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Wayne Groner

Expertise

I can answer questions on all aspects of writing memoirs, biographies, family histories, and corporate histories including handling sensitive issues, interviewing, editing, self-publishing, and setting up a business as a memoir writer.

Experience

I have more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter. I present classes to nonprofits and professional groups, "How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story." I'm author of four nonfiction books. My latest book is A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods and Examples, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon. I'm past president of Springfield Writers' Guild (Missouri). My articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have been published in national magazines and on the Web. I was a senior-level college administrator for twenty-seven years, including nine years as a vice president, during which I wrote newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, and published and edited an alumni magazine.

Organizations
Missouri Center for the Book, Springfield Writers' Guild, Greene County Historical Society, Christian County Historical Society.

Publications
Books: Witnesses of Hope, Faith, Love and Healing; Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance; The Pastor's Guide to Fund-raising Success; Levell-Drew Family History. National magazines including CASE Currents, Congregations, Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Power and Light series of Sunday-school curriculum for adult learners.

Education/Credentials
Graceland College

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