Writing a book is a very fulfilling task, and gives writers the chance to share their own perceptions in life. But it is also a very labor intensive job and takes time and resources to do. Here are five easy to follow tips on writing a book.
1. Get started!
It has always been said that there is no better time to start than the present, and this includes writing a book. Even though you might have the best idea for a book, if you don’t get started on it, it will all be a fruitless endeavor. Of course it is easier said than done, but once you get started all your apprehension and anxiety on whether the book is worthy or not to publish will disappear. In a way your greatest enemy when it comes to writing a book is yourself.
2. Create an outline
Once you get started on the book, you would then notice how easy it is to complicate the process if you do not have a clear and definite plan. This is why it is very important to create an outline. Once you have an outline, you would notice how easily the process flows now and the task will not be as daunting as you thought it would be. First things first you should make a table of contents as a guide. Then break the story up into start, middle and ending. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed when you get started.
3. Have a set routine on your book every day
When you first write a book, you would first notice how hard it is to find time. You would notice that you just can’t seem to fit it into your schedule and you end up putting it off to another time. Which is why it is very important to have a set routine. A time of the day specifically set for writing and nothing else. It could be early in the morning when you’ve had your first coffee or after lunch or even at midnight, it is all up to you. What is really important is that you feel at ease and you have all your thoughts organized and ready for you to get started.
4. Make a special place for yourself
It is very important for you to find a special place set specifically for writing. The great essayist ‘Henry David Thoreau’ once made a small cabin for himself in the woods so that he could get inspiration in the privacy and solitude of the forest. I am not saying though that you need to build yourself a cabin in the woods. You can write anywhere you like, it can be in the privacy of your bedroom, the kitchen or even your kid’s treehouse. The important thing is that you find a quiet and conducive place for writing. Somewhere where you are comfortable and at ease, where your thoughts and ideas can all easily meld together seamlessly.
5. Have accountability
Writing a book takes time and it usually takes a whole lot of effort when you start out. This is why some writers have a tendency to procrastinate and leave things till the last minute. This is especially evident when it comes to self-publishing where deadlines are not so stringent. But deadline or not, it is very important to use your time wisely. It is also important that you set yourself a deadline and stick to it. Having a set word count and having your book reviewed by a few trusted advisers is also very import. This will keep you motivated and show yourself how far you have gone. In many ways writing a book is a painstaking process filled with all sorts of pitfalls along the way. But it is important to stay motivated and look at the bigger picture.