Writing a book but not sure how to get started? Try these tips.
Writing a book can be intimidating. But if you take it to step by step and know what to focus on, it's not so bad. Here are some tips that will help:
Write about your passions.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself to write is by writing about something you are passionate about. Write about what you know, what you’ve experienced, and what you have dreamed of achieving in life. Writing can be therapeutic, so don’t be afraid to explore your feelings through the written word!
If there are any goals or aspirations you want to accomplish in life, now is a great time to start working on them. You don’t want to regret not having taken action on them later down the road.
If there are fears holding you back from accomplishing something important in life, now is also a good time for self-reflection and exploration into why this may happen so that they can be overcome so nothing stands in your way anymore!
Write every day.
Write every day, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Writing every day will help you stay consistent and help your book come together faster. If you can't write for 10+ hours a day, then don't worry about it! Just set aside some time to write each day, even if it's only 20 minutes or so. You'll be surprised at how much progress you can make when you're consistent in your writing habits.
Don't let a bad day get you down! If one of your best friends suddenly died and left this earth forever (or if they moved far away), then maybe taking some time off would be good for your mental health right now—but otherwise, try not to let bad days turn into weeks of not writing anything at all! This is a marathon race that won't be won overnight; stick with it long enough until the end (and then keep going).
One of the biggest challenges is being disciplined enough to set aside time to write. If you're not disciplined, your writing schedule will fall apart, and you'll find yourself putting it off until later or, worse yet, never getting started.
To make sure that doesn't happen:
Set aside a specific time each day when you can write in peace. Don't let anything else get in the way—not social media, phone calls, TV shows, or anything else that might distract you from writing.
Don't let yourself be distracted by thoughts of other things that need doing around the house or office—this is one area where multitasking will get you nowhere fast!
Get feedback on your work early and often.
One of the best ways to improve your writing is to get feedback on it early and often. This can help you identify problems, make improvements, and ensure that readers will enjoy reading what you’ve written.
When looking for feedback, it’s important that you find someone who knows what they are talking about. You should also look for someone who is willing, to be honest with you in order to give the most useful feedback possible. Finally, consider asking several people for their opinions on your work so that the different perspectives will make it easier for you to see where changes could be made and which parts need more attention than others when revising later on down the line (more about revising later).
Understand the difference between sharing your work and selling it.
You may be thinking, “How can I share my work for free and still make money from it?” The key to this is understanding the difference between sharing your work and selling it.
Sharing your work with the world is easy. It's something you do when you publish a book on Amazon or post an article on Medium. It means that anyone who wants to read what you've written can also read it, at no cost to them or you. In fact, when people share their writing online for free, they often do so with the hope that it will eventually lead to some form of income (like book sales).
Selling your writing involves more difficult steps than simply sharing it. For example:
You must create something that people want—something so great that they're willing to pay for it instead of just consuming it without paying anything at all;
Once created, this product must be marketed so that potential buyers know about its existence; then put some marketing dollars behind those efforts (which might include advertising); 3) Finally—and this step isn't always necessary depending on which route publishing takes—the publisher sells copies of your book/article/blog post/etc., collecting profits while passing along royalties based on how much each copy costs them in materials (paper) plus production costs like editing services or design work needed before printing begins so there aren't additional expenses incurred after printing starts unless these additional expenses are expected because of unforeseen circumstances such as damage during shipping due weather conditions outside our control which could cause delays beyond those already experienced during regular shipping time frames due mismanagement by USPS employees who failed us miserably despite assurances made prior providing services related thereto
Know when to stop researching and start writing.
It’s important to do enough research to know what you need to write about, but it’s equally important not to get too bogged down in the research process. If you spend too much time researching and not writing your book, then you will run out of time (and motivation) before you finish your manuscript.
What should you do if you are having trouble knowing when it is time to stop researching and start writing? When I am feeling stuck with my writing, I try these three things:
Think about what motivates me most about this topic or story. For example, maybe I want people who have been through similar experiences as mine (in this case, it might be eating disorders) or other people who haven't had those experiences but care about those with them anyway (for example, parents of children who have an eating disorder). What motivates me most about this topic is that connection—that bond with others who understand my struggle because they've experienced some form themselves, so whatever character(s) I choose should reflect that motivation/relate directly back to why they're partaking in such actions/behaviors, etc.
Don't wait for inspiration.
Don't wait for inspiration. Writing a book is hard work, and it's important to understand that you won't always be writing from inspiration; sometimes, you'll have to write because it's your job. If you want to make a living as an author, then treat writing like any other career: sit down at your desk every day and do some of the work (or all of the work) until the job is done (or until someone else stops paying you).
Write about what interests you most—not what publishers want or expect.
Get feedback on your work early and often. This can be helpful both in terms of fine-tuning language as well as learning how readers respond emotionally or intellectually to specific parts of your manuscript.
Use shorthand to capture ideas on the go.
If you're out and about or just don't want to distract yourself from the moment with a laptop, here are some options for capturing ideas in shorthand:
Notebook and pen
Voice recorder (which can be attached to your phone)
Smartphone with a note-taking app like Evernote or OneNote (if you already have a smartphone, that's all the equipment you need)
Tablet with an app like Evernote or OneNote (again, if you already have one of these devices)
Be ready to abandon parts of your story that don't work.
Be ready to abandon parts of your story that don't work.
I'm going to give you a piece of advice that will sound insane at first—I know it did when I first heard it, coming from an established author: "You can always throw away a scene."
In other words, if you're not happy with what's happening in one part of your book or have written yourself into a corner and can't see how to get out, just chuck the whole thing and start again.
Now some people will say this is proof positive that someone who tells you this doesn't know what they're talking about because, obviously, there are times when it's not appropriate or possible for us as human beings (or even writers) to just toss our mistakes aside. But consider this: one reason why so many people never finish their books is that they constantly second guess themselves or feel compelled to stick with something bad simply because they started down that path originally. Once we've committed ourselves mentally (and often physically), it can be hard not only mentally but also physically—i.e., "just keep going!"—to turn back later on down the road when things aren't working out as planned.
Writing a book can feel intimidating, but if you take it step by step and know what to focus on, it's not so bad.
If you’re looking at writing a book, try to be as clear about your purpose as possible. Be honest with yourself and find a niche where your skills are truly valuable. If you are an expert in something, that could be the seed of an idea for a book. Maybe it’s home renovations, investing in real estate, or even teaching people how to manage their finances better.
Don’t start working on the manuscript until you have figured out exactly what it is about that topic that makes it worth writing about—what makes this subject so interesting and important? What do other people need to learn from this topic? Why would they care about it? Once you know what problem(s) your book will address and how best to solve them, then think about who might read it and what specific problems they might have (or not have).
Also, consider whether there is room in the market for another book like yours; if there isn't already one available, then chances are good that yours won't sell well either. Before spending any time on research or writing up an outline, though, make sure there is enough demand amongst readers by checking Amazon rankings and reviews, too - these can tell us quite quickly whether there's money being made from certain niches right now, so if sales seem low here then perhaps think again before committing hours into research only.
If you want to write a book, it’s not hard. You just need to take it to step by step, keep yourself motivated and focused on what matters most, get feedback early and often so you can improve as you go along, and make sure not to wait for inspiration before starting work. If those things sound easy enough for you, then go ahead and start!