How To Write

A collection of our most popular BookBaby articles on how to write for both the pro and the novice author.

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How To Chronicle A Crisis

Writing in the midst of a pandemic can feel strange and overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you started in your attempts to chronicle this crisis.
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Juxtapositions Can Make Great Sentences

A great way to transmit interesting ideas is through the contrast of two very different things, i.e. a juxtaposition. Contrast is one of the most powerful elements in storytelling and works just as well in a single sentence.
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How To Boil Loads Of Research Down To A First Draft

When you’re writing, it’s easy to become deluged by information, but transforming massive piles of information into a first draft can be simpler than it seems.
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Tons of material and nothing to write?

A book project is big — it'll take a ton of great content and a series of solid connections to get from A to Z. You get there by absorbing and synthesizing material until you have enough puzzle pieces to complete the picture.
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The Three Key Phases Of Book Editing

The book editing process might seem daunting, but it’s an important part of your publishing plan. By understanding what happens at each phase in the editing process, you can make the most of this time to create the best book possible.
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The Creative Potential Of Found Phrases

Your next bit of brilliant text could be inspired by unexpected sources. Found phrases in music, crosswords, and daily life can be harnessed for your work.
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Develop Your Writing Through Sketches

"Writing sketches" are a way to shape ideas in a short time with minimum effort. Use sketches to capture creative bursts and find the path to finish a story and create a polished final draft.

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