When it comes to writing a book, there is lots of information out there that give a detailed outline of what you are supposed to do in order to write a book. The truth is that you can never write a book following a fixed and strict set of rules. You need to design and identify what will work best for you. In this article, I am going to give you a ten-step guide that will help you in writing your book and getting work done. The information contained herein is meant to help you overcome the writer’s block and procrastination that happens to every writer. If you follow this guide and apply its content, you will realize that within a short period of time you will be more productive than you have been in the past.
Establish your writing space and assemble your writing tools
This clearly tells you to identify a place from which you will be conducting your writing. Your place of choice should be clean, quiet, and free from any distractions. It is true that you can write anywhere, from coffee shops to libraries, but just make sure that your writing space aids in establishing the right environment for your writing task. Also, make sure that you have the right tools for writing are in place before any task. Make sure the chair and the desk are comfortable and that your writing materials like your computer are easily accessible and in good working conditions.
Break the project into small pieces
This simply means that you have to take the whole projected workload (your book) and break it into small achievable goals that have to be accomplished every day. For example, if your project is to write a novel worth 70,000 words, you can break it into small goals like writing 500 or 1,000 words a day. These goals are to be met every day and within a specific time frame, you will be able to finish writing your book.
Settle on your idea
The idea of your book should be consistent throughout the course of your book. If the idea is big enough, it will stay with you. If you cannot remember your idea without writing it down, then it is not a great idea. Before writing the first page of your book, settle on the idea that your book is to be about.
Construct your outline
Your outline should build the plot of your book and captivate the reader to read more of your book. If after writing the outline of your book and you find it boring, the reader is assumed to be already asleep. If the storyline does not rekindle your attention to flow with the story itself, you need to hold it down and reconstruct it.
Write a compelling reader-first opener
The first line of your book tells a lot about your book and you as a writer regardless of the genre that your book falls into. The opening statement should compel the reader to read your work with much curiosity and enthusiasm. Your opening statement should be surprising, dramatic, philosophical, or even poetic. To get a clue, get one of the best-selling books and read its first sentence. You will discover why and how the authors catch the attention of the reader.
Fill your story with conflicts and tensions
By this, I mean that on every page and chapter of your book there should be some kind of tension. That means that you create some kind of conflict within the characters or storyline itself and offer a solution at the end; promise and deliver. This way, you and your reader will be at your optimal pleasure and won’t get bored whatsoever.
Turn off your internal editor while writing
I tend to understand that every writer has some sense of being a perfectionist; wanting every line and statement to be free from grammatical and syntactic errors. Once you let this take over you, you will discover that you won’t make any meaningful strides in your writing journey. Instead, it helps you in dragging your writing and making the whole experience to be tiresome and repetitive. To some extent, you can lose a very bright idea while trying to do some corrections. The best thing to do is to first write and get the editing done after you have completed the writing. It will save you both time and energy.
Don’t quit in the middle
As you progress in writing your book, towards the center you will realize that you are burning out; ideas become relatively blurry, et al. Just don’t quit. The best thing to do is to love the story and the direction that it is taking. At this critical stage, make sure that you are in control of your writing. At this juncture heighten the conflict of your story and work down the resolution phase of your book. If you do this, you will endure this ugly phase of book writing.
Write a resounding ending
Now that you have written your book and have finally come to the close of the book, the best thing that you can do as a writer is to write an ending that will keep readers engaged and wanting more. Remember that readers only remember what moved them; therefore, make the ending to be as memorable as possible. Make the ending more emotional rather than drammatical.
Become a ferocious self-editor
The last thing to do after you have written your book is to edit it and make sure that your book is free of any kind of errors. Errors in any literature serve as noise to the reader. This affects the attention of the readers while reading; they will be distracted. It is therefore of equal importance to edit your book before submitting your book for publication or printing if you are going to self-publish. Be an aggressive editor.
These are the ten most effective steps that will help you as a writer in writing your book. I believe that if you follow these steps you will be able to be more productive than you ever thought you could. They have worked for me and I expect them to work too for you. If you like this content you can like and share this article that a poor writer somewhere can get some help. I would love to hear from you; please leave a comment. A person’s mind when stretched by new ideas never returns to its original dimension.