When you are writing a book, the hardest part is not getting it published but the actual writing. Books cannot just write themselves. You need to invest some time in order to create an authoritative piece of work.
Writing does not just work with sitting down to write a book. Initially, you write a sentence, then a paragraph and then with continuous efforts an entire chapter. Writing is a process.
How to exactly write a book
This article consists of some fundamental steps that are required to write a book.
Three phases are involved in writing a book. These are:
- Commencement: In this phase, you have to begin writing. You may think that this one is obvious but to be honest it is the most overlooked step in the entire process. A book can be written by deciding what you want to write and how will you write it.
- Keep on motivating yourself: Once you initiate writing, you will face self- doubt and numerous other challenges. Planning in advance about how to overcome these type obstacles makes sure that you will not quit.
- Concluding: No one cares about the book that you have almost finished. People want to read the book that you have actually finished. Hence, one thing that makes you a good writer is not your ability to start something but actually finishing it.
Read the following simple tips to start writing and finishing the book of your dreams:
Phase 1. Commencement
- Decide about what you want to write the book
A good book is always written by keeping something in mind. Start with writing the argument of your book in a sentence then expand that into a paragraph, and then into an outline of one page. The next step is to create a table of contents which can act as a guide when you write. Start thinking about your book in terms of starting, middle, and the conclusion.
- Set a goal of a word count
There is no need to write a lot. You can write up to 300 words on a daily basis. When you set a goal, you will have something to aim for. Don’t forget to make your aim small and realistic. This way, you will be able to hit your aim and begin building a momentum.
- Take out some time to work on your book
Creativity comes with consistency. In order to finish writing your book, you need to set a daily deadline. If required, you can take a day off too but it is important to schedule that ahead of time. Stop getting yourself off the hook. By setting a deadline and taking out time to write your book regularly will ensure that there is no need to think about when you will write.
- Write your book in the same place every time
No matter whether you write your book in the kitchen, in the restaurant or your study table. Just make sure that you make your writing space a special one. This way whenever you enter that place, you will be ready to start writing. The place should be such that it reminds you of your commitment to complete the book.
Phase 2. Keep on motivating yourself
In this phase, you have to get down to business.
- Fix a word count
Start by keeping the end in mind. When you start writing your book, set a total word count for it. Following are some common guiding principles:
- 10,000 words- a booklet or business white paper, the reading time of which is 30-50 minutes.
- 20,000 words- a manifesto or a short e-book, the reading time of which is 1-2 hours.
- 40,000-60,000 words- a novel or a standard non-fiction book, the reading time of which is 3-4 hours.
- 60,000-80,000 words- a novel having a standard length or a long non-fiction book, the reading time of which is 4-6 hours.
- 80,000-1,00,000 words- a long novel or a very long non-fiction book, the reading time of which is 6-8 hours.
- More than 1,00,000 words- a biography, an academic book, or an epic-length novel, the reading time of which is 8-10 hours.
- Set weekly deadlines
You need to set weekly deadlines. To keep the things objective, make a word count. While celebrating the progress that you have made by almost completing the book, don’t forget to keep in mind how much work is still left. Setting weekly deadlines will act as a way to measure your performance.
- Get yourself feedback
Nothing is worse than having to rewrite your book. Let someone have a look at your book. Take help from some trusted advisers who can help in discerning what is worth writing and what is not. You can take help from your family members, friends, or editors. Just find someone who can share his or her honest feedback with you at an early stage so that you can move forward in the right direction.
Phase 3. Concluding
- Commit to release your book
Once you have completed your book, release it to the world. Get your book in front of the people by either sending it to a publisher or by releasing it on Amazon. Don’t write your book merely to put in a drawer. It will not allow you to come up with your ideas in front of the world.
- Don’t get scared of the failure
As you reach the end of your project, understand that this can be tough and there are chances that you might mess up. Don’t feel anxious about failing and give yourself grace. Have some determination to continue as only it will help you to sustain and not your vague principles of perfection.
- Start with writing another book
There are many authors that feel embarrassed about their first book. But have you ever thought that you will not be able to learn the lessons without your first book? Hence, it is suggested to put your work in front of the people, fail early, and then try once again. This way you will get better and achieve success.