So, you’ve finally mustered up enough courage to write your first book! You have a topic you’re passionate about and have managed to carve out enough time from your busy schedule over the next few months to really dig in and get started. You sit in front of the computer, piles of research, comparison books, and thoughts sprawled in front of you…now what?
Writing a book is simple, but it’s not easy. And if you’re not properly prepared it can get overwhelming real quick. If you’re looking for someone to tell you that writing a book is a piece of cake, you won’t hear that from me. What I can do is give you 8 useful tips for writing a memorable book you’ll be proud to put your name on:
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! I seriously mean that from the pit of my soul. Making sure that you have a quality body of information to work with will make it easier for you to develop your ideas and provide sufficient details to back them up. Gather a nice mix of sources including things you’ve observed, personal experiences, books, articles you’ve read, interviews, etc.
2) Don’t give too much information and backstory in the first chapter of your book. You don’t want to rob the readers from the development of the storyline. The goal is to spark their interest and make them curious enough to continue reading.
3) Write a captivating first chapter and begin the story from a natural point. Some of my favorite books were able to grab my attention within the first few pages and were written in a way that the story or theme unfolded naturally. Determine what flow works best for the type of book that you plan to write and follow it. Also, keep your first chapter brief. Psychologically your reader will feel accomplished and compelled to read more.
4) Treat your first draft like a first draft. I haven’t met a single author who was able to publish their first draft. A first draft is often just the foundation of the book. You will make many edits, move things around, possibly even remove certain chapters altogether. Don’t get too attached!
5) Determine your writing goals for each session BEFORE you sit down to write. Come to your computer with a game plan and certain benchmarks in mind to help manage your time efficiently.
6) Find a writing buddy. This should be someone who you can bounce ideas off and get additional perspective from. Make sure that your writing buddy is an avid reader and can provide useful feedback that you trust. Having a second set of eyes and ears to review your work is always helpful.
7) In some cases, a first-time author will try to force themselves to write until they either hit a roadblock or start to feel exhausted. They are convinced that taking breaks will cause them to lose their focus or break the flow of ideas. NOPE! When writing my second book I made it a point to plan regular breaks and experienced significantly less writer’s block. Taking these breaks allowed me time to regroup and give my brain a little rest and made the author process less stressful.
8) Avoid using clichés. There’s nothing thought provoking or profound about an idea or expression that we’ve all heard a thousand times. Using clichés in your writing can put you at risk for sounding a little corny. It takes away from the originality and distinct voice we all want in the books we write.
Becoming a published author was one of the most rewarding experiences for me personally and professionally. Like anything else worth your while, writing a book and developing as an author is no easy feat. If you have a great idea or story that you’d like to put on paper and share with the world I encourage you to keep these tips in mind your entire journey.
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Cheers to your writing process!