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  • Marwa Kaabour

The Book is Mightier than the Screen!

Let’s talk about writing and reading a book – the old school way. In a world where tweets dictate market trends and blogs go viral overnight, the act of writing a book might seem out of place. But here’s the thing – historically, books are how we learn. Any number of search engines, blogs, and websites cannot replace the value a book brings. Books help challenge our views, provide different perspectives, deepen our understanding, and connect us across continents and centuries.

Author tips on writing a book
Tips on how to write a book

Writing a book is no small feat (I speak from experience). It is a journey of persistence, passion, and many a long, frustrating night. Each word can be a battle and each completed chapter feels like a victory. It is like crafting a masterpiece (hopefully) out of sheer will, imagination, and experience. And for a reader, each book offers a new world to explore through pages that carry the weight of every emotion behind the words.

So why keep this tradition alive? Because books are our bridge to the past and our gateway to the future. They hold the collective wisdom, thoughts, opinions, and history of all of humanity before us – giving us a window not just into the soul of the authors, but to the times they lived in – pushing us as a society forward, one experience at a time.

For those interested in writing a book, as daunting as the task may seem, a few hygiene practices can go a really long way.

  1. Consistency is key: Create a routine. Whether it’s a set number of words or pages – set a goal and block time each day to meet the target. Whether it means sitting down to write after your nighttime routine, or waking up before sunrise to get your pages in. Find a time and stick to it. You will ultimately train your brain for “writing time.”

  2. Don’t underestimate the power of editing: Writing is just the beginning, but the real magic happens when you edit. Go back to what you’ve written at the end of every week, and you’ll find yourself giving harsher notes than your least favorite professor in college. Also consider feedback from trusted peers or professional editors to refine your work.

  3. Read, read, read, and read some more: Great writers are avid readers. And don’t be afraid to step out of your genre – explore different writing styles and narrative structures. This can inspire your own writing and offer various perspectives on how to tackle the challenges you may be facing.

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