So you've decided to write a book. Whether you have something important to say, or are just incredibly bored, writing a book is a great way to waste months or years of your life indoors. I envy you as you set out on what is sure to be an incredible, mostly stationary voyage.
Let' start right from scratch. Webster' Dictionary defines a book as:
Book (v.)To record charges against (a person) on a police blotter, e.g. "Take him downtown and book him"
So there' that. In general, there are two types of books you can write: Fiction and Non-Fiction. I'll briefly cover the pros and cons of both.
Fiction is a Latin word meaning "stuff that never happened." Because you're writing about events that never occurred, you will be forced to make up everything yourself. This is very difficult to do. The
pressures of creating their own universe has driven some writers to madness, as they find it difficult to distinguish between their characters and reality, much like an undercover officer who gets in too deep
. If you're writing a story about undercover police work this danger is magnified tenfold.
Consequently, very little of today' top fiction is written by a single person. For example, Michael Crichton is actually a rotating group of six to seven writers, aided by a priest and a small robot. I'm going to assume that you're not a team of people aided by a priest and a small robot, so I don't recommend you write fiction.