How to Write a Book in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word can be used to create books these days, and FrameMaker isn’t necessary. Here are the steps.

Paper or electrons
If you’re going to have your book printed at or with some other self-publishing house, then download the Word template that company provides.
If you’re book is destined to be an eBook or a pamphlet printed on your printer, set up your margins and paper size accordingly. In the Page Setup command group on the Home Tab in the ribbon has a button for Page Layout and Margins.

Decide on one or multiple sections.
Sections are a way to divide a book into parts so each part can have a different header and/or footer. Some people put each chapter in a new section, and then the footer can have something like “Chapter 2–Elephants” in it. This is purely a stylistic choice, but you must be consistent.

If you use multiple sections, put the section break just before the chapter title.
You will also need to decide if the headers and footers are going to be different for odd and even pages and if the first page of a section will be different. This needs to be decided for each section you use. Another decision is if the header or footer is a link to, or a copy of, the previous section, or if it is different.

Choose your styles and stick to them.
The correct use of styles is the single most important thing to do while writing your book. Correct use of styles allow a Table of Contents to be automatically generated. Correct style use allows for formatting changes to be made easily in your book.
Type in the title of your first chapter. Click anywhere in that title, but do not highlight anything. Or, highlight the entire chapter title. Make sure you have not highlighted just part of the title. Then, go to the Home tab on the Ribbon and select Heading 1 from the Styles command group.

Write your next paragraph.                                                                                                                                                                               if you need a subheading to a chapter, mark it as Heading 2 from the Styles command group.
If, at a later point, you decide that you want to change the font of your entire book, it’s as easy as changing the font for a couple of styles. If you want to change what a heading looks like, you only need to change the style definition.

Mark index entries as you write.
If your book needs an index, mark your index entries as you write your book. You’re less likely to forget something important to include if you mark your entries as you go along.

Proofread your book.
Use Word’s spell checker and grammar checker on your book. This is a very important step. While the grammar check won’t catch everything, and it will catch some things that are actually okay, it does a pretty good job of finding a lot of silly mistakes.
Generate the automatic data.
Do you need a Table of Contents or an Index? When you’re finished writing the bulk of the book, generate these.

Get a human to read your book.
Go into the Review tab in the ribbon and turn on tracking changes. Then, get another human to read your book. Ideally, you should get more than one human to comment on your books. Review their changes. Accept them or not. Rewrite your book if necessary, and then get humans to proofread it again.

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