Writing a Book
With the year drawing to a close, you are most likely looking back on the year and wondering how different things will be next year. What could you do next year that would be really worthwhile? Why not try writing a book? Think about it, starting the New Year by writing a book is definitely better than a list of New Year’s resolution. And the best thing about writing your own book is that you can write about anything that interests you. Here are seven great tips on how to start writing your very own book.
- Choose a topic that you are passionate about
When it comes to choosing a topic for your book, you should make sure that you are passionate about it. What would be the point of writing a book if you are not passionate about it? And seeing as how work intensive writing a book can be, you should have a topic that you are interested in. This way if things get tough you can still work through it, and finish your book. Remember that writing a book is like a marathon. It is an endurance test and if you don’t have the drive to finish it, you’ll just end up giving up.
- Choose how you will have it published
You have two main choices on how to get your book published. You can either take the traditional publishing route where you send your manuscript to traditional publishing houses. The advantages of getting your book published through this route are that the company will publish your book for you without any costs. The disadvantage is that you will technically give up control over your book. You will be given a payment for your manuscript and royalty payments but you are giving up creative control over your book. Self-publishing, on the other hand, means that you will publish your manuscript yourself. The advantage of self-publishing is that you will have creative freedom over your book and you will receive profits for your book in full. The only setback with this publishing method is that it entails a lot of work and you will have to pay for the entire process from publishing the book to promoting it. Ultimately it is all up to you on how you choose to proceed.
- Make an overall plot
Like any endeavor, you should really make an overall plot that you can follow to the very end of the writing process. Having a plan will allow you to make a blueprint of your novel, and you can flesh it out gradually. When you make an overall plot you prepare a setting from the beginning to the end. Write it in sequences first and then you can fill them out when you are ready. This way you will not feel overwhelmed. Remember that writing a novel should be fun and not a chore.
- Think up compelling characters
Having a memorable cast of characters will undoubtedly make your novel more entertaining to read and will also help keep reader’s attentions in the long run. Give your character a backstory and a detailed description of his or her characteristics. This will give readers a chance to envision what your character truly looks like. Try to make the main character as unique and relatable as possible. Unique enough to capture the imaginations of readers but not too unique that it comes out farfetched. Relatable enough to be likable but not too relatable to be considered boring. In truth, the success of a book can be down to how interesting the main character is.
- Use your experiences this year to fuel your writing next year
It is a known fact that past experiences are the great source of inspiration for writing. Great writers such as Ernest Hemingway and J.R.R Tolkien used their experience in times of war to add depth and content to their work. Although they have written in very different genres their experiences have helped make them the well-respected authors that they are. You should follow their example. Use your own experiences in the past year to create a truly immersive read.
- Make a work schedule for yourself
Writing a book is a very difficult process. And if you are not careful there is a chance that you would lose interest in it. This is why it is very important that you have a strict work schedule to adhere to. You can set your work schedule early in the morning or late at night. It does not really matter what time you set your schedule, just as long as you can follow it day in and day out.
- Make a set word count for yourself
When you start writing a novel, you will find that it takes a while. And if you have a set schedule on when you want to release it, you should set a daily word count that you can follow. It all really depends on the maximum of words you can write on a daily basis and the number of words your manuscript adds up to. It also depends on the type of genre you are writing in because there are a set number of words for each genre. If you are writing a non-fiction book it usually consists of around 80,000 to 100,000 words while epic length, academic books, and biographies novels go from 100,000 onwards. But this does not mean that you kill yourself by writing too much. 300 to 500 words a day is more than enough. Remember that you need to keep motivated for the whole writing process and it will do you no good that you exhaust yourself.
All in all, if you are planning to start writing a book next year, you should make your preparations as early as possible.