So you find yourself with free time and you want to complete one of your dreamed-about long standing desires – writing a book. But where to start? How to begin? There are a number of ways one can go about this, and depending on your time, idea, and other factors involved such as your work location it can either be useful or detrimental to create a strict schedule to adhere to in order to get your book out. If you’re just starting to think about taking the plunge into the author’s world, read ahead for some bulletproof tips and tricks to writing a book.
Ideas – And Where To Conjure Them
If you’re the person who already has an idea swimming around in their heads then you’re already halfway there – the first main issue is coming up with an idea, the second is executing it in terms of writing it. If you don’t have an idea though, coming up with one can be difficult. Where do these authors seem to get their ideas from? You can do one of a few things – recreate something that’s already existing, such as writing fan-fiction for a favourite TV show or other series or by adding a twist to the same – for example those books similar to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies/Vampires”. Another thing you can do is think up a new story line surrounding an existing entity such as werewolves, zombies or vampires, although zombies are a bit overdone these days. Draw inspiration from everywhere. Do you have a particularly hilarious story from when you were a kid? Write it and change some characters names. If your life has been particularly interesting, consider an autobiography!
A Schedule – Or Not
Some people work well with schedules while some really don’t. If you’re the type that works well under pressure, consider setting yourself a time frame, say something like six to nine months to have it all written, at least a first draft. That will help inspire and encourage you to work. Setting smaller goals is a good way to help encourage you as well. Set a goal to do, for example, one chapter a week if you don’t have tons of time to devote to it.
If you are not the type that works well to schedules, you can try to place doable goals for yourself to help encourage you – like the chapter a week – or write when the mood strikes. Writing when the mood strikes can be difficult if you aren’t buy a computer, so instead employ the notepad on your phone, or even pieces of paper that you keep in your bag or somewhere special until you can get it all written out. It’s important to record those new ideas, but it’s equally as important to maintain momentum and a steady work schedule to ensure your book doesn’t fall by the wayside, so create some kind of goal system or schedule that works for you.
Breaks And Their Usefulness For Momentum
If you have the habit of going hard until you burn out or start rushing the end just to get it there, you know it’s time to take a break from writing and sit back and relax for a few days. You won’t have anything except good things come from taking a break and your quality of writing will be higher. You might even come up with great new ways to end your book or new titbits of information that you want to add in. Breaks will help you keep up a great momentum as you won’t wear yourself out or give yourself burnout. Find a great balance that works for you between work and relaxation and you will find yourself with a fantastic book in hand to be proud of.
So there are a couple of great suggestions on how to create a bulletproof strategy in order to write your first (or next!) book. Remember that having a plan going into it will maximise your chances of finishing a truly great product, so always plan in advance – whether its plot lines or just a writing schedule to get it out and onto paper. Good luck!