Step by Step Guide to Start Writing a Book Step 1: Pick a Genre. Take a quick glance at your bookshelf. Step 2: Start from the End. Endings are the hardest part of any story. Step 3: Create Your Characters. Step 4: Make an Outline. Step 5: Write the First Draft. Step 6: Get Yourself a Drink. Step 7: Rewrite. Step 8: Edit.