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Writing a book: 12 Essential Questions to ask yourself before you start

Writing A Book

Writing a story can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. Surveys consistently say, 80% of adults desire to write a book.

I believe everyone should write a book. Books are a treasure of human experience. Long after we are gone, our words can live on. Who we were, what we did, what we felt and how we lived can be shared with subsequent generations. All of our experience matters and deserves to be remembered. Unfortunately, the majority of our experiences are forgotten with time, but it doesn´t have to turn out like that.


Writing a book is a worthy endeavor. But, it can feel overwhelming to start. A book is a big deal and writing one is an amazing accomplishment. For the budding author just starting out, there is a lot to consider before you start to write your first word. Who, where, when, why, how…and the list goes on.

To help give you clarity before you write the first word of your manuscript, we´ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before you begin the writing process.

Answer these questions honestly. If you don´t know the answer to a question, take a break and think about it until you discover your answer. Answering these questions before you start the writing process will make the entire process of writing a book easier and keep you focused on your goals.

  1. What is your story about?
  2. Who is your main character? What is important about your main character?
  3. Is there a central theme to the story? The big idea or theme.
    • Themes such as: love, revenge, perseverance, coming of age, redemption, good vs. evil. etc.
  4. Does the topic of your story interest you? Are you passionate about what you are writing about?
  5. Who is the audience for your story? Who will read your book? Think about what your readers like, where they live, what their values are.
  6. What genre does your story fall into? What category will your book fit into?
  7. How long will it be? How many words will your manuscript be?
  8. Why do you want to write a book?
  9. What is the purpose of your book?(ex. entertainment, teaching…)
  10. What level of commitment can you make to writing? (A chapter a day, one page a day, a chapter a week, etc)
  11. What programs will I use to write?
    Best Writing Apps To Help You Finally Finish Your Book in 2021
  12. What is your deadline to finish writing?

Once you answer these questions, you will have a clear idea on writing your first draft. Keep these answers available when you are writing so you can turn back to it to keep you on track.

In my opinion, now is not the time to think about the traditional publishing or self-publishing route. I know many will disagree. I think it´s best to concentrate on the creative aspect of your book project at this point.

First things first.

But if you want to start thinking about how you will publish your book, take a look at the following:



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