If your new year’s resolution was to write a book or if it’s something you have always wanted to do, there’s no better time than now to get cracking. It can be scary sitting down to start writing a book but it’s important to strip it all back and just remember you are doing something for yourself that you love. Writing a book can end up being a financial reward for you, but also a real personal achievement also. Here we have put together some top tips that should help you to put the gears into motion if you really don’t know where to start. By following these tips you should have your book written in no time at all.
Set aside some time to write every day – but don’t push it
One of the biggest hindrances to writing a book can be if you find there is too much pressure to do so. If it is your first book in particular, you don’t want to lose all the fun you have for writing and instead find it a stressful process that will put you off writing for the future. Put some time aside each day that you clear just for writing, but if you find that it doesn’t flow naturally, don’t force it. Instead, take a break, make a cup of tea and come back to it with a clear head. Some people prefer to set daily targets of writing a set amount of words and they find this helps them to get ideas onto paper, but this isn’t necessarily a method that will work for everyone. Find out which method works the best for you and if you are more productive when you are disciplined, or when you give yourself a break.
Have a dedicated space to write
A clear workspace can give you a clear head so before writing, be sure to have a space that is designed to give you optimum conditions for working. It could be you like somewhere that is completely silent, or perhaps you prefer to go somewhere that has a bit of background noise such as a coffee shop. Have a favourite notebook where you can write down any information that you might need to finish your story and surround yourself with things like photos of your family or items that inspire your story. This will help the words to flow and your creative juices to get going.
Find other like-minded individuals
When you are writing a book it can feel like a bit of a lonely place, particularly if none of your family or friends are interested in writing or don’t understand the field. This is why it’s a great idea to find other like-minded individuals with who you can bounce ideas off. You could take a look online where you can find a range of different forums or groups that you can join and ask questions or simply ask for their opinions. You could follow relevant hashtags on Twitter, Instagram or even TikTok that will help connect you with others that could be writing a book too, might be planning to do so in the future or could have done so in the past.
Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help
When writing your book it could be that you need some more professional help to get it moving. This might be at the end of the process once you have finished your book, or it could be right at the beginning when you are still deciding where to go with it. Once your book is written you might want to look into fiction editing services for novelists who can edit your book and make it ready for selling either digitally or if you want to get physical copies made. You might want some marketing help to sell your book, or you could want a salesperson on your side. If you are yet to commence the writing of your book, it can be good to look into booking yourself into a writers retreat or a writing course that can help you with everything from doing the proper research to structuring your book correctly.
When it comes to writing a book, it’s important not to place too much pressure on yourself and instead to remember this is something for you. Have you ever written a book? What are some top tips you found that helped you on your way? Let us know in the comments below we would love to hear from you!