Writing a book can be a very difficult and daunting task. With the proper plan and the proper strategy it can also be one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can achieve or accomplish.
With the proper approach you can go from just having a book idea in your head to having a book totally authored by you, published by you, marketed by you, and bringing in sales – all in 90 days!!
It doesn’t matter what kind of book you decide to write. There are no rules other than that the story has to be very, very interesting. It can be exciting, scary, fun, funny or sad — but it must not bore the reader.
Step 1. Enjoy the Process
If you look forward to writing, you’re more likely to do it. What’s more, the joy you’re feeling will shine through to readers. Life is short–and the time any of us has to write is shorter. Don’t waste it on a project you can’t savor.
The more you enjoy writing, the more likely you are to do it. What’s more, the pleasure you’re feeling will be felt by your readers. Life is short–and the time any of us has to write is even shorter. Don’t spend it on a task you don’t enjoy.
Step 2. Learn about yourself
If you’re not having fun, that’s OK too. If you long for sitcoms and podcasts during your writing time, consider it a sign. Maybe you don’t want to write a book. Maybe your subject isn’t amusing or engaging.
Step 3. Read
Aside from the act of writing, the best way you can improve your craft is by reading extensively. Inevitably, you’ll encounter passages where authors have succeeded–or failed–to execute the same types of scenes you’re working on. Either way, you’re learning.
Step 4. Envision ideals
Even if you love what you’re working on, there will be days when authorship feels like a fruitless task. Envisioning ideal outcomes–What will the book cover look like? Whom will you thank on your acknowledgments page?–can help you endure rough patches.
Step 5. Solicit early feedback
You can also use social interactions to test the future elevator pitch of your book. How do people react to your one-liner? Are they intrigued? Indifferent? This feedback can help you–way down the line–when you’re pondering how to pitch your book to agents or publishers.
Step 6. Eliminate distractions
Shut your phone off. Close your browser. All you need is pen and paper. Or whatever word-processing software you use.
Step 7. Maintain the magic
Make sure you write–or at least edit what you’ve already done–each day. The idea is to stay engaged with the world you’ve created. More than 48 hours away from it will turn you from a parent to a babysitter.
Step 8. Settle for small windows
If you tell yourself 30 minutes a day is not enough, you will never get anything done. Work with what you have. Over weeks, the minutes add up.
Step 9. Socialize
Don’t let your project turn you into a hermit. Part of being a novelist is understanding how humans speak and behave. If you isolate yourself, you’re neglecting your craft.
Step 10. Temper expectations
If you’ve never tried writing a book before, you shouldn’t expect to master the craft in one month. Long-term practices require long terms.