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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.

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 On the Home Page under Resources are links to several excellent websites with information that will help you. I think the best resource is, 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


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.


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.

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

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.

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