Want to Start Writing a Book? Here’s What You Need to Get Started

We believe the world is full of storytellers, yet only those who love to write can take the life-altering decision of becoming authors, sharing their stories with millions. There can never be enough good writers to keep our life interesting, but stepping into the shoes of an author is easier said than done. You may have the words but lack direction when writing a book. Luckily, we’re at your service to help you kick-start your journey as a book writer.

  1. Work your way

Book writing is an art and an artist needs his/her workspace and peace. Before you contemplate on your first book, you need to be selective about your working space. Of course, we don’t mean you need an air-conditioned cubicle or a gigantic study room to become a successful book writer, your workspace depends completely on your comfort. You may for instance discover that your thoughts flow well outdoors or the couch beside the window in your room may seem like a more inspirational spot.

Nevertheless, you need to pre-plan your writing space to avoid any interruptions or setbacks while you’re writing your first masterpiece.

2. Choose ONE big idea wisely

As a creative thinker, you might be getting thunderstorms of ideas in your head but as much as you’d like to write on everything you can think of, you need to pick a lane. This may seem like an easy task and you’re probably thinking, “so, I’ve just got to pick an idea, big deal” but the truth of the matter is, landing on one big idea and pursuing it till the end is amongst the hardest tasks, before the actual book writing begins.

Simultaneously, you need to be sure that the ‘winning’ idea is actually the one you should go for. Remember, people don’t want to read another Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Be original in your concept whilst making sure that it’ll be unique and valuable enough to captivate your readers.

3. Make it look easy

Ironically, the most difficult step is persuading yourself that book writing is easy and that ‘you got this!’ That’s because when you’re perceiving your book as 600 pages, you’ll probably get tired before you even get started.

Break your big idea into small pieces and start designating 20 pages to each chapter for instance. Divide your schedule into the number of phrases you’ll write each day instead of pages and very soon you’ll reach your first 100. Don’t overwhelm yourself or you may consider giving up before the climax.

4. Draft your direction

This is just one of those steps in book writing that you may think you don’t need, but you require experts on book writing like ourselves to help you make an informed decision.

No matter how much you’d like to go with the flow and let your thoughts run wild while you’re writing your book, it’s always a good idea to create an outline of your story (fiction or non-fiction) prior to writing the actual thing.

Your skills to be spontaneous might be 100% beyond amazing but there’s always a possibility to stumble mid-way while you’re writing your book hence it’s always a smart decision to draft a direction for your book so that you can get back on track if you lose your way and forget the main plot of your story because you got too involved introducing a new character for instance.

5. Assign deadlines

Assuming you’re an independent book writer who isn’t yet on a contract by publishers, you need to set some deadlines for yourself and try your best to submit your work on time. You don’t need a boss, just an acting-boss who can demand your 10 pages at the end of each week.

Without actually following a schedule and sticking to your deadlines, you’d probably be stuck on page 5 and probably never get close to completing your book. Consider your deadline as an obligation that you just can’t ignore. You’ll have to involve some Math in it too no matter how much you despise its involvement in your life.

Divide the number of pages you intend to write with the number of days you intend to finish your book in and you’ve got your minimum pages/words for each day!

6. Give yourself a break

Write your heart out but don’t be too hard on yourself. You might be amazed at how procrastination can increase your productivity whilst allowing your mind to open up.  Give yourself little breaks from your book writing schedule. Don’t write at all for two consecutive days and you’ll find yourself getting back to your book with a refreshed mind and invigorating ideas. Never too early to start writing a book we’d say. You’ve got an idea and the skills to write? Just follow these steps above and we’ll be looking for your first bestseller soon enough