Anyone may have writing capabilities, but the hardest part is not getting attention or getting published. With the advent of so many publishing websites or otherwise you can always start a blog, now there are plentiful of opportunities than ever to become the owner of a book. The publishing part may not be that difficult, but the writing part is. As you start writing, you learn a lot of new things because you read and those learnings are worth sharing with everyone. But where to start? How to manage time? How to prioritize chapters? A detailed guide related to ‘How To Write a Book’ will answer a lot of unasked questions and will help you pick the pen and start jotting down.
- Start with a low limit. 300 words a day will be enough for startup. Many people have a profession that doesn’t let them nail creative writing at times. So the best time is morning and the optimum page count is one for the beginning.
- Make an outline. Making a table of contents will be best. You can then break up the outline in different sections. Visualize the book’s initiation, middle and ending phases. Don’t push something too hard to understand. Read book ideas and articles that polish writing skills.
- Set one time for the book. Make a habit of giving a specific hour to your book. Writing a book is not simple. If setting an hour is not easy, make time on the days you take off. Don’t let the deadline pass that easily.
- Select a serene place to write. The place where you write should be different from where you spend the rest of the day. A quiet, serene place, probably a garden, balcony or terrace may be the perfect place. Make sure when you enter the place, you focus entirely on writing and nothing else.
The Intermediate Phase
- Set a constant word count. Do your research about what kind of book consists of how many words and decide yourself what are you interested in. for example 10 thousand words usually constitute a pamphlet, 20 thousand makes an eBook, 40-50 thousand – a notification book and an 80 to 100 thousand bring into being a typical novel.
- Weekly or monthly deadlines keep you moving. Give yourself these deadlines. It can either be a percentage progress or a word count. Appoint someone from friends or family to hold you accountable if you do not succeed in what you aimed for.
- Try for early response. Nothing is more painful than pouring in all your hard work in writing a book and then having to do it again i.e. rewriting. This will happen when you did not ask for feedback or suggestions for your writing. Hire or ask for a favor from some advisors who have been into the business for quite a time.
- Finish the book and ship. No matter what happens, complete it and send to the publisher you think is the best for the kind of book you wrote. Moreover, release it on Amazon so people from all around the world can have hands on it. Go for a marketing strategy, do whatever to make it famous.
- Embrace failing positively. Just in case the book does not work the way it should have, don’t lose hope. Give grace to yourself. Embrace the failure like a sportsman. Remember, this is just the beginning, not the end.
- Jot down another one. The world is saturated with the writers who are embarrassed of the first book they wrote. But without their first, nobody would have taught the lessons that they learned with the experiences. So, it is optimum to put the work in front, embrace failure and try for another one. Writing and a lot of writing can get you to the highs of success, nothing else!