Have you ever thought of writing a book but never end up practically doing it, because even the idea of writing a book is so intimidating that you end up never even trying it altogether.
The truth is, we have all been there. Some have made a way out of that loop and some are still looking for a way out, to help them make this dream a reality.
But, is it that scary, or do we make it scary for us without ever even trying?
Before we get into all the technicalities and rules of writing a book, let’s talk about why one should write “a book” in the first place.
Maybe you have an interest in writing fiction or non-fiction, every writer writes a book to share their knowledge or their experience. In that sense, we can say that maybe a writer has a book based on a fiction story, but at some point, the book also shares glimpses of their personal accounts experiences as well.
A book may be written on a fictional story, fictional character, but where it comes from is all the real experiences or emotions of a writer.
A book can never be written or even if you do manage to write a book, an interesting book can only be written once its writer has a connection with the book. The connection of your book with your experience or emotion makesa book alive.
This leads us towards the first tip of writing a book and that is:
1. Before Writing It, Experience It:
The other day, I also came across an interesting hypothesis: wouldn’t you want to know about your great grandparents, their story, what they did and learned? What if your parents only managed to tell you the 30% of their lives and lost the rest of the 70%, which you would never even know. And it is quite an interesting way to things of things that way.
Would you want to live your life and never share how you lived it or experienced it with anybody else? You may have other plans to share your knowledge somehow, but your experience still matters, and it is worth sharing nevertheless.
The same goes for someone who is thinking of writing a book but not knowing where to start or how to start?
It all starts within you. It should be. You can talk about anything, not even the non-existent fictional characters and their stories if you do not have enough knowledge or experience before you create them.
Take your time to build the story.
2. Find Your Writer’s Voice:
You may have a lot of different genres that you like reading, but when it comes to writing, it is always better to focus on just one. The one that speaks to you more and helps you speak to your audience. The one, in which you are the most comfortable and have something to talk about.
Some writers like writing about different genres, but when you are beginning as a writer, it is better to stay honest and committed to one book. Treat each book as a different journey that it contains within the process of writing it. So, if anything that is waiting for you on this journey is a new adventure, filled with immense growth on any level that you will work on during the time of writing this book.
Enjoy the ride, while finding your writer’s voice!
3. Organize Your Thoughts and Space:
Many people love creating a space that helps them in writing, but we mentioned organizing thoughts before having a space because your thoughts come first in any procedure that you are working on.
Sometimes, you may have all the spaceand quiet in the world, but what lack is the prerequisite and the vital element of writing and that is the thought. So you need to always keep in mind, that it’s your thoughts that create your book, you need to work on them more before you go out for a space to welcome your thoughts.
Mainly your thoughts write the book, your space mere assist you in picking the right thoughts.
4. You Are Writing For Your Reader:
The one thing a writer helps have clarity in writing is keeping in mind the audience. It helps you change your sentences and amplify your language once you will know who is going to read it. Know who you are talking to and telling your story. Look into what would make them laugh, smile, emotional or angry. In the end, the people you realize will understand your story, are your audience, and then keep polishing your skill of writing accordingly.
Your skills will automatically polish once you keep that in mind, you will arrange, create, and rearrange your work to execute in the best way when you have that awareness in mind.
5. Outline Your Story:
You may have a different writing style. You may identify yourself as a plotter or maybe a Panster, but being a Panster myself, I have realized one thing whether you are a Pantser or a Plotter, you will still need an outline to have a sense of the direction in which you are going.
The one thing you have to keep in mind is that if the online that you created is not serving its purpose, and the book is working in a different direction, then simply change the outline, not the book, which leads us to the next step in writing your book.
Enjoy The Ride:
In the end, no matter what you do, or where life takes you in the process of writing, enjoy the ride. The one thing that makes the most taxing job of writing a book, fun is, enjoying it while you are working on it.
As much as your book has things to teach and tell your readers, the same amount of lessons it has for you in-store. The only thing you have to do is give in to this experience with as much honesty and dedication as you can.