Writing a book forward

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Writing a book forward

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 31st, 2018, 8:25 am

Have you ever written one? I have been asked to! For a series of cookery books. I know the author well. I know what I have to do and what one is and what is expected of me. But am having a 'writer's block' getting it started. I have loads of notes! It's just putting it in some kind of order!

Help! :lol:

I have read loads of online info but nothing that really helps me to structure this thing. Any cello book lovers out there got any advice?
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby Herbidacious » July 31st, 2018, 11:25 am

I have written a blot of book blurbs (most hated job.) Not the same as a forward though.

If you know what to do, have lots of notes etc. then there's probably not much more to add. Just give it a go, and if it's rubbish give it another go. I often find things just flow from the pen/keyboard/whatever anyway. Reading lots of forwards by other people should help. That's the first thing I do - see what other people have done.
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby suffolk » July 31st, 2018, 11:44 am

This may he helpful http://www.writersandeditors.com/prefac ... _57375.htm

"...NOTE ON SPELLING: A lot of people misspell foreword as foreward or even forward! It is a "word" be"fore" the book itself. "

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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby Herbidacious » July 31st, 2018, 2:25 pm

Like me :oops: My brain is still in Italy.
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 31st, 2018, 5:10 pm

Thanks all. My mind was confused when my author called it a foreword. I've only ever known such a thing as a forward.
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby MagicMarmite » July 31st, 2018, 10:31 pm

Oh gosh please don't!
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby karadekoolaid » July 31st, 2018, 11:16 pm

I teach EFL to students over here, and they have the same problem.
Start with your main idea - that will be your "topic" sentence. Then back it up - these sentences will be "supporting" the main idea. Then finish off with a "concluding" sentence.
Here´s an example:
"(a) I live in a beautiful old country town called X. (TOPIC)
(b) It nestles in a gentle valley in the Mendip hills. The town was founded in the 14th century. Far away from most cities, the town can only be reached along the B2452. (SUPPORTING)
(c)I would not wish to leave my town for anything in the world; it gives me peace of mind. (CONCLUDING)

Right now, Ms Teresa - get stuck in! :terrified: :terrified: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby Bubbles » August 1st, 2018, 6:23 pm

MagicMarmite wrote:Oh gosh please don't!

Hi Magic, have been wondering about your comment. I am puzzled; do you mean Tezza shouldn't write a foreword? Not really sure what you mean tbh. If not, why not?
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 23rd, 2018, 11:47 am

Reigniting this thread as I think I have now got in my mind roughly how I want to structure it. It's now just a case of putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard! It's not been easy.

Bubbles wrote:
MagicMarmite wrote:Oh gosh please don't!

Hi Magic, have been wondering about your comment. I am puzzled; do you mean Tezza shouldn't write a foreword? Not really sure what you mean tbh. If not, why not?


I forgot to ask the same question Bubbles. Maybe because it has been harder than expected?
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby Herbidacious » August 23rd, 2018, 12:12 pm

Well done and good luck!
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Re: Writing a book forward

Postby Ratatouille » August 23rd, 2018, 12:37 pm

Stick at it Tezza :hi5:
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