So How Do You Write A Book, Andy?

Published April 16, 2018

People often ask me how to write a book. The truth is, I don’t know. The process is different for everyone.

Some people use a writing prompt. Write for a bit and land on a topic that inspires them further.

Others pick a genre, map out character personas and then they may create an outline of their vision of the completed work.

I’ve heard about one famous novelist who blares heavy metal music while he writes. For him, it gets the creative juices flowing, I guess.

How I approach writing a children’s book is a very different strategy from how I write non-fiction. For me, writing children’s fiction is an experience in the lyrical. I take a concept and pair it with a melody. I end with a song, not a book.

But by the time I’m finished, I’ve have the images in my head and the book brings them to life through illustrations.

I don’t consider myself a musician, but I do have a passion for songwriting. When I was young I would jot down lyrics in journals. I have dozens upon dozens of journals set aside. Now I’m revisiting those journals.

So, my advice to those who want to know how to write a book? Just do what feels right. Write.