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I would like to write a book. I have been told many people my imagination is unreal, and that I should write a book. I am really considering this. How do I start? Do I just start writing and keep going? It would be a fiction book for sure. Any advice would be great! Thanks Kelly

Dear Kelly:

Welcome to the world of writing!  As a beginner, I heartily suggest that you do just start writing and keep going.  At some point, you may want to do an outline of sorts, a summary, of what the idea is and how the book ends.  You'll also want to get some books on how to write novels.  I strongly recommend Dwight Swain's book:  "Techniques of the Selling Writer."  It's an excellent first source to start you off.

One bit of advice:  Keep writing the book until you come to The End.  Too many of us start books, then never finish them.  We just keep starting another book.  There's much to learn from starting and finishing your first novel.

Other people might suggest you join a critiquing group.   These groups are fine but since you are a raw beginner they could be confusing.  Get that first novel done and then seek out someone you trust to read it and give you an opinion.  I also strongly advise against showing only parts of the book to anyone.  Finish it then pass it around.

Do you get the feeling I think it's important to finish the book?  Good!

I wish you luck and good spirits on your future adventure in writing!

Liz Aleshire

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I am the author of four nonfiction books: Private Lives of Ministers' Wives (with Rev. Sherry Taylor,New Horizon Press, New Jersey, 1991)and currently working on a second edition; Bugs: Stingers, Suckers, Sweeties, Swingers (a FRanklin Watts Frist Book, Chicago, 1993); The Confident Collector Identification and Price Guid to Quilts (with Kathleen Barach, Avon Books, NY, 1992); and, Official Price Guide to Quilts 2nd edition(with Kathleen Barach, Random House, NY, 2003.) I've taught How to Write the Book Proposal for the past ten years at the week long International Women's Writing Guild annual summer conference, and, at the Manchester Community College Continuing Education program. I've taught in many local continuing education programs in central Connecticut. Five authors have sold books using my methods for writing the book proposal. I have spoken at the Big Apple Conference, an IWWG event held in NYC; both Connecticut chapters of the Romance Writer's of America other writing conferences

Internation Women's Writing Guild, past associate member American Society of Journalists and Authors

Books for New Horizon Press. NJ; Franklin Watts (Now Scolastic)Danbury, CT; Avon Books, NYC; and, Random House, NYC

B.A in Economics from the University of Connecticut

Past/Present clients
Carren Strock, author Married Women Who Love Women; Doris Larson, travel writer, Ohio; MaryLou Streznewsi author Gifted Grownups.

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