Easy Tips For Writing Your Book
Today it is easy to self-publish a book and sell it through Amazon.com. You can pick your length, set your price and start selling copies relatively quickly. Ah, but you need to actually sit down and write the book first! That can be challenging for some.
It doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Here are some tips:
Start by jotting down notes for your book
It rarely works to start writing the first page, without know where you’re heading. It’s much easier to jot down general notes and ideas about your whole book, perhaps forming an outline or table of contents.
Personally, I open a Word document and organize my thoughts into short paragraphs. Sometimes, I create a Who, What, When, and Where sort of format for each scene when I’m writing a novel.
Some people like to write notes on index cards. That way, their ideas are easy to shuffle around!
Whatever you decide, allow yourself to simplify the process by just writing down the key factors to start. You can get into the details later.
Set a target and make it
Once you have your outline and you feel confident you can start writing, set a word target for yourself and make sure you do your best to make it each day. If you need to do research, then set aside a certain amount of time to do that. It counts toward meeting your daily goal as research is a part of writing.
Don’t set a target you can’t possibly make. I write 2000 to 5000 words per day, but if that seems overwhelming to you, start with 300 to 500 words per day.
It’s also a good idea to give yourself deadlines for completing sections of your book. I often break up my projects into four milestones for my clients:
- The outline and research
- The first half of the first draft
- The Second half of the first draft
- All revisions
Each milestone takes about six to eight weeks for me to produce. You may decide to break this down even further, perhaps setting yourself a goal of completing a chapter a week.
Schedule time to write into your day
It’s a good idea to schedule quiet time to write each day. Make sure you’ve had enough to eat, that you’re not exhausted and you have some peace and quiet. It isn’t the best time to write when you’re starved and have three young children clamoring to sit on your lap. Many writers enjoy creating early in the morning or late at night.
Seek out helpful feedback
Once you’re finished with your book, you will need to get feedback. Send your manuscript out to friends who will give you constructive criticism and praise (both are important).
The last thing you want to do is publish a book and find that there’s a gaping hole in your plot or a character doesn’t come off as realistic. Or perhaps you’re writing your autobiography and you’ve left an unanswered question in the reader’s mind.
Once you publish your book, find people who are willing to write reviews for you on Amazon.com. Such reviews are helpful to those who may wish to read your book.
Enjoy the process! Feel free to write me anytime for a consultation. Let me know how I can help!
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