Seth Godin, a best-selling author, once said:
“Here’s the thing: The book that will most change your life is the book you write.”
Before you get started with writing a book, you must be ready to invest everything you are in creating a piece which is important.
The hardest part of writing a book is writing. You just don’t sit and put down everything in one go.
You start with a sentence, but even after hours of editing and breaks, you might not be able to complete an entire chapter.
Writing doesn’t just happen. It takes time and so, one must be patient.
So, let’s first get to the three most important steps in writing.
- You’ve got to start writing. However obvious this might sound, it is easier said than done. Before starting one needs to decide what they want to write and how they are going to write it.
- Stay motivated. The journey of writing can be very difficult sometimes. It may even make you doubt your own capabilities at times, but be prepared to face these and make sure you don’t quit when you face them.
- Finish the book. What one wants to read is a complete book, the one which you actually finished. So, no matter how many times you might want to quit, just make sure you get to this stage. Then – but only then, you can use Type and Tell to publish the book as an e-book and make money off your work.
Now let’s look at some tips to help you finish your dream book.
Write down a small summary of what you want to write and then stretch it to a one-page outline. Divide the book into three parts, the beginning, the middle and the end, and then break the entire thing into chapters.
2. Daily word count
Life is busy. We all get it. So, if you want to finish your book, set a goal for the daily word count. It is more important to write more often than to write more. So, make sure you set a count which is attainable and not too much.
3. Set a time
Make a place for it in your daily schedule. You may set a time to write which will ensure you have free time to write daily.
4. Length of the book
You need to decide how long you want your book to be. Each chapter must be divided into roughly equal lengths. A standard nonfiction book is of 40,000-60,000 words while a long nonfiction book is of 60,000–80,000 words.
Decide what category you want your book to fall in and then place the chapters according to the outline of the book and get started.
5. Weekly deadlines
Set weekly deadlines so that you can be honest with yourself on the progress made and the journey still left.
Find someone who you think can give you genuine feedback so that you can make sure you are moving in the right direction.
7. Finish the book
Set a deadline and make sure you are on it. Once you are done with the book, made changes according to the feedback, send it straight to the publisher or on Amazon and just get it out in the world.
The journey is difficult so don’t give easily. Success demands hard work. Just be confident that you will get there, and you will.