If you've ever thought about writing your own book, this blog will teach you how to go from an idea into a published piece.
Table of contents
- Step 1: Turn your Idea into a plan of Action.
- Step 2: Gather your Resources and Prep your Mental State.
Estimated reading time: 22 minutes
So here you are, brimming with ideas but have no idea what to do, or even how to start writing your book, or even your first draft! You're currently clueless, from the beginning, middle, and end. Right now, you are clueless about what you need to write, or if you even have time to write! Maybe you're not even entirely sure on what exactly it was you wanted to write. You may feel all alone and confused!
To some people, writing a book may be something that has never crossed their minds, something that they don't find interesting, or something they don't want to pursue. For other people, it is something they strive to achieve. A passion they have, an experience, lesson, or story they want to put on paper and share with the world.
You're not alone. And I know how you feel! Without any experience or knowledge of what to write, starting and finishing a book can feel daunting. Without getting started on the writing process, writers are unlikely to finish books.
All you want to do is get started writing and not think about it too much because then you will be overwhelmed with doubt in your own abilities. But for me, thinking about it and all that goes into it makes me feel more motivated! For me, I want to know what to do and how to do it. Writing a book is an achievement in itself, but the fact that you can write one AND gets lots of people interested in your writing is amazing!
So if you're completely lost and don't know where to start – I've been there before. I started by understanding the basics; what information I need to know and what information I should learn as much about as possible.
However, before we get started making your own book, let me ask you this: What is your goal?
Is it to make a little extra cash from writing on the side? Is it to have a successful book and become an author? Or perhaps you want to start writing but don't know where to start.
If you've never written anything before, starting with a project like making your own book may seem like a big step. But it can be easier than you think if you start with the basics and slowly progress until you have a complete book.
Perhaps making your own book isn't what you're aiming for, in which case I'm sure there are other goals that could benefit from writing – like blogging, creating content, or just sharing knowledge online? Whatever your goal, you can always use writing to help achieve it.
However, once you are determined, no amount of to-do lists can stop you from reaching your goal – that is to write a book.
Now, how do you make a book?
Well, that depends on what kind of book you want to write.
If you want to write a fictional story…
How do the characters interact with each other in a certain way? How is this person feeling or how has this person changed from how he/she was in the beginning? Or how did this person develop? All of these questions are how you build your characters.
For non-fiction books…
How do you write a biography about someone? How much information is needed? What kind of story can I make with the information I have found out?
No matter what you write, how do you present it in a way that your target audience can understand?
Think; how do I get all of this information from my head to the pages on paper – how do I write a book?
There are many different ways to write a book, but what works for you may be very unique.
Figure Out Your Topic or Story, Choose the Type of Book You Want to Write. What Kind of Book is It?
I believe each and every person has a story to tell or a lesson they want to put on paper.
It's not only important to be clear in your writing, but it should also come from a place of honesty. I know that no matter how much better each piece gets, there'll always be room for improvement and growth.
Achieving your goal isn't an easy task. It takes time, effort, perseverance, patience, and many more. I've written a few books now, I didn't start out knowing I could write a book but I believed I could and I did it! I'm going to share with you how I went from 1st draft to published.
For some this may seem like simple steps, for others may be intimidating; all I can say is that anyone can do it.
So where exactly does one start writing a book?
First, comes the idea.
What is it about writing a book that you are most passionate about writing? Is it to learn how to write a book, or writing a book as part of your education?
Perhaps you want to become an author and writing books is something you have always wanted to do but haven't yet done much research into? Consider what you feel is worth writing about, whether it is from a first-person perspective or not. In fact, it's best if you ask yourself that question.
What do I feel is worth writing about?
After you figure that part out, comes the 5 easy-step guides when it comes to writing a book.
Step 1: Turn your Idea into a plan of Action.
Now that you have an idea, make a plan. Just start writing! Write what you want to write about down, or doodle it. Do everything you can in order to capture your ideas on paper and improve upon them.
Don't worry about your word count or things like that yet, just get a feel for the book you are trying to create.
Then write a to-do list.
It will allow you to start and it is also a means to a guide on what to do when you feel lost or when there are moments of doubt. Remember that you have a plan and you need to stick to it!
Creating an actionable plan with deadlines and milestones makes sure all the pieces fall into place for achieving success in publishing your book idea.
You don't need to have some kind of natural talent, you just need determination and time. Set aside an hour each day where you work on your craft with the goal of becoming more skilled over time as opposed to waiting until everything is perfect before committing any effort whatsoever into writing.
I believe we should create and share our work as soon, or even before it is finished. I like to get everything out there while the project is fresh in people's minds; this allows me to gather feedback more easily from my readers who are able read a piece at all stages of its creation. This also helps with improving future projects since you can constantly adapt based on reader response!
I am currently writing my next book in what I call “real-time” where I write one chapter a day and I share it with the world each day I publish something new.
This way I get honest feedback quickly from people who don't know me or care about potentially hurting my feelings. I'd rather hear something I don't want to hear immediately than wait months or years for someone I love to tell me my story wasn't that good.
I want to know as soon as possible and I'm glad I do because I have received honest feedback about the things I need to work on (grammar, sentence structure, etc.)
Don't forget to ask yourself this question:
What kind of writing do I want to produce for my readers?
Write in detail everything your potential reader would need to know before picking up the book. The title page should clearly state who wrote this book and when they wrote it. If you decide to write non-fiction books make sure each section has subheadings so the reader knows what to expect.
There are many different types of writers out there, and as a writer, you need to find the type that best suits your needs and the needs of your readers.
For example, if you enjoy technical or scientific research then academic papers might be perfect for what you're looking for! That means your target audience is also into facts, research, and science. If on the other hand, creative nonfiction is more up your alley then you can try writing about the latest trends in fashion instead.
Whether your book is going to be filled with fiction or not-so-fictional pieces we all have something worthwhile to say. You just have to make sure here that you're producing quality content that you really enjoy and will really connect with people on a deep level as well.
I personally love writing about things I am passionate about and try my best to write pieces that will help people. For example, sometimes I like to share books on how I overcame something in life or jumped hurdles that were too big for me alone.
I would say the most important part of this step is to make sure you're ready to commit. I'm not saying that I have no doubts or fears; rather, I try not let them influence me too much in my life. Sure, sometimes it's hard for myself as well — but when we all work together and stand united things are a lot easier than if everyone gives up their power out of fear!
Nevertheless, if you want to make it as a professional author then I recommend you be ready to take criticism because I guarantee you will get plenty of that.
Step 2: Gather your Resources and Prep your Mental State.
Once you have your plan, think; what do you need in order to accomplish that plan? How do you meet your end goal?
Remember, not everyone will be the same.
One must decide what kind of mindset is required for a particular endeavor and how much resources will be necessary. One cannot just wear shoes that do not suit all sizes or wear colors unsuitably without thinking about it first!
If you are trying to figure out how to write something, consider that every morning when getting up. Look at the words that fit together well in your mind, then jot them down. You could also search online for other writers' social media accounts if inspiration strikes!
Before you read any sources, it's important to figure out what exactly your essay will be about. Once you know this, finding the right material and preparing becomes much easier!
In this phase, you begin to research and see how different people complete their own work. You learn from watching.
This is when you look at the how-to of things and see how you do it in comparison. How to plan your book in a way that works for you.
For any challenge, you will need the right resources and an effective mental state. Your thoughts should now be sharpened like blades waiting ready for battle.
Gather all of your tools now to be ready for challenges that might come up in this book-writing journey!
Step 3: Develop the Basic Structure and Design of Your Book.
Much like step one, here you write what exactly it is you want to write about.
Create an outline with all the main points, with your message, or important facts that you want to be emphasized here and there.
This will help you understand the content at a glance, organize it into chapters or sections that are easy to read, keep track of what's written so far, make your writing easy to sort through, remove redundancies in writing style, and create flow from one chapter to the next with transitional passages if necessary. And you won't get stuck too often, because it acts as a guide.
Many writers create and use an outline in their writing process before they even start writing their first page to their first chapter! It is a very helpful tool.
Of course, that means nothing in the end if no one will pick up your book in stores!
Take this time to also design the outward appearance of the book. The cover has to be a reflection of the contents as well as be able to catch the attention of possible consumers. Try and look for an idea from bestselling authors' books and see what they did.
In order to be successful, you need a solid book design. It needs an attractive cover and layout that will grab your readers' attention.
This is an important part of publishing because you want to make sure people are interested in reading what's on each page, but first, they need to be attracted by a well-designed front cover.
Spend some time choosing colors that will catch their eye while maintaining professionalism with font choices like Sans Serif or script fonts making it look professional yet whimsical at the same time so readers can get a feel for who this author is before even opening up to read pages 1 through 1001!
Don't forget to get feedback from your friends and/or family!
If you're not sure what your book's design should be like, look around at other books in the same genre and see how they match up. Then, think about your book's topic and how it might be unique or different from those books already on the market. Don't get so caught up in your own uniqueness that you forget to maintain a professional appearance and approach for readers. There are a lot of great web pages out there to help you figure it all out!
At this point, you're all ready to go! The structure is in place as well as the design; now it's time to write your book.
Step 4: Write Consistently, using a Schedule and Habits that work for you.
Create a schedule that doesn't pressure you, but makes sure you get work done.
Start making habits on consistently writing or researching about what it is you are writing. Have the habits and schedule coincide and create a good workspace environment for you to work on.
It's important to find a writing schedule that works for you.
Some people prefer the early morning hours, while others like after work or around bedtime. It all comes down to how and what your life is structured around. Some work better at night while others prefer an earlier start. Find a time that suits you best!
Decide how many words per day you'd like to write and how long you want the book's length to be. It doesn't matter how long it takes as long as you consistently put in the time at a set schedule.
An absolute must is that you need to do your best to avoid distractions and interruptions.
In the midst of writing, how many times have you been interrupted or distracted? There are so many things that can pull us away from working on our goals, including social media. It's important to protect yourself from these distractions.
Set time limits for how long you want to be on your computer, how much time to spend with others, and how many hours you'll write each day.
The best way to keep your writing schedule is by setting aside time for it on a daily basis. It's hard, but if you start early enough and are consistent with following through then you'll be able to get better at managing the times in which you write. You can do this by scheduling white space or even using alarms as reminders!
Consistency is a key factor in having success. It can be achieved through the creation of new routines to provide long-term benefits such as improved memory retention ability due to increased blood circulation throughout different regions of the brain from regular practice.
In the beginning, writing may seem hard or even impossible but don't give up too quickly.
The more you do it within your already scheduled times, the easier it becomes.
First off, you should try and set a goal for how many words you want to write each day, week, or even how much time you want to spend on writing.
If you don't know where to start, try starting with small paragraphs and then work your way up to one page at a time! Spend some time reading other books similar to yours in order to make sure you write in a way that is both conversational and professional. It's always good to include how-to steps whenever possible, especially if the book is how-to based on how to do something like painting your house or how to avoid certain pitfalls in life!
If you read your work out loud, look for ways to make it more interesting. There are many books that can help with this; they give great examples and advice on how to create powerful paragraphs, lists, and step-by-step instructions.
Step 5: Edit your book for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and more!
If you are writing your book and thinking, “I want to self-publish but I am not sure about all of this grammar stuff,” then prepare for a surprise. You must first learn about grammar and punctuation before submitting your book for publication.
This part begins the process of reading, editing, and refining your material…but it won't necessarily be easy! The more you edit yourself, the shorter the time span of the process will be. Your job is to take this massive collection of words and make it flow smoothly for people to read.
Edit your work in a linear fashion rather than doing it all at one time. Take a chapter or section from start to finish instead of making sure each paragraph is perfect before you move on without edits! This way, you can make changes and mistakes as you go without breaking your workflow. Learn to edit while writing, then does a final check once you're done with different sections! This will help you discover any errors that are present before they are published for everyone to see!
Learning to edit while you write will save a lot of time in the long run!
The best way to edit is by reading out loud or even just silently in your head. Partially this helps with pronunciation and you'll be able to tell if something sounds right when spoken. Also, there are times when we don't notice that words are spelled wrong or sentences don't have any punctuation.
As for grammar and sentence structure, it's better to read your book out loud than try and use a computer program that is often outdated by the time you're done with your project anyways! You can also get different perspectives from other people if you want so you can see how others perceive your writing.
Here is the thing: I used to think that writing was writing. Just get the story down on paper, right? WRONG.
There is much more to writing than just writing. Writing a book means writing well and editing what you write so it reads easily in front of an audience.
But how do you go about making your book writing process better?
One way is to invest in your own personal writing tutor, so to speak. You can have a friend or family member go over it with you and help fix any mistakes that you might not notice when how are reading through it yourself. This will save you from making numerous edits later on down the line once the book has already been published and purchased.
In this step, grammar and punctuation are important elements that can make or break your credibility as an author.
No one wants to read a book full of run-on sentences or tons of spelling mistakes. Could you imagine if a book from Stephen King had grammatical or spelling mistakes? It would totally ruin the atmosphere!
It is best to hire a professional writing consultant during the writing process but mistakes do happen, even for professionals. To help you edit your book and ensure grammar rules are followed here are six items that will help you begin writing well:
1. Have someone else look over your writing before it goes out into the world.
A lot of authors I know like having someone read their work before they publish. Don't be shy to ask help from a friend or family member or even find and hire an editor or proofreader to go over your work. This is where you will focus on finding flaws in your writing and fix them, in order to create, in your opinion, a perfect work of art.
2. Use lists when writing dialogue (if writing fiction).
For example, is your main character writing a letter/email to the love of his life? Using lists in writing your dialogue can be a great way to reveal an important revelation within that writing piece.
3. Use short paragraphs when writing descriptive writing pieces.
For example, if you are writing about how your character walks up the stairs and into her bedroom for the first time, use short sentences so that it is easy on the eyes while reading. The reader shouldn't have to stop and re-read something just because they didn't understand it in one sentence (unless this is done intentionally). With writing, less can be more!
4. Use long paragraphs – if you're writing dialogue between two characters or multiple characters having a conversation with each other.
I like to think of dialogue as being a conversation I am having with someone else. I talk and I listen, I wait for my turn to speak or I wait for them to respond to me before I say the next line of dialogue in my script/story. Long paragraphs work well for long conversations between multiple characters!
5. Watch out for those homophones!
Yep, if writing dialogue, do not forget the difference between their, there, and they're. They all have different meanings as you can see above. They all have different meanings as you can see above. I often make this mistake that I see and still do. It's a homophone, something like “their” but it should be spelled as “they're”. This is the same thing with losing or loose for lose/loose. Also when you use affect then effect which are different meanings too! These mistakes will happen in my writing until now because of what happened to me; however, I really want not making these errors even though they won't go away even if i try hard enough!
Overall, it's just nice to know that I am not the only one who makes these mistakes on a daily basis…
6. Be careful with your adjectives.
Many creative writers around the world have trouble with this one. Many writers love having flashy words to describe their story and characters or objects but not all readers will understand them if you use overly descriptive terms as many do in their pieces today. This can make writing a book very difficult for both the author and the reader and I'm sure you want the readers to understand the writing you are providing for them by using common words, which will do.
7. Be careful how you use adverbs in your writing.
Many writers love using them and they are a great way to spark emotion or create action within the dialogue. Adverbs can be used too much though and when this happens, the sentence becomes unreadable and difficult to understand.
8. Keep a dictionary handy.
Whenever you are writing anything, it's always good to have a dictionary nearby or on your device for quick reference! I think many writers want to use words they aren't familiar with in their writing pieces but that is how you get into trouble with this topic. It's better to look up the word quickly and use it instead of using a word you aren't sure how to use. Again, this will only make reading your writing piece more difficult.
9. Use transition words when writing pieces that have a time frame in them.
Many of us struggle when it comes to writing because we often forget how important transition words are! Transition words help guide the reader through a piece and keep them engaged. Without these transitional phrases/words our writing would be so much more difficult to follow along with…which wouldn't be very fun or enjoyable to read now would it?
10. Be aware of what's on your mind before you sit down at your desk or computer to write a book.
Many people who are trying to write a book feel like they have a lot of information in their heads they need out but how do you get it out onto paper? This is the struggle many writers face each day and how do you get words from your brain into the minds of your readers in an appropriate way that makes sense? Some may picture how they want to write their book in their heads before sitting down or how others will respond when they read the book. This is a dangerous thing to do but how can you get past it?
It's all about how you get your mind cleared from these things so that you are writing for yourself and not for how anyone else thinks would be an appropriate way to do things. You want to write how you feel in an appropriate way and how others will understand what you are saying.
This is tough for many writers but how do we get past this? One way would be to write for yourself how you think writing a book should go which includes your use of punctuation, capitalization, homophones, how to write a book how many pages, how long is a novel, and how the story will end.
And those my friends, are the 5, albeit simplified, steps of creating your very own piece of writing.
Have hope and believe in yourself, and if you find yourself wanting to do it, to make your own book, then take these five steps and go!
Stay determined and give yourself the chance to be creative and share your ideas with the world. You don't know, maybe you'll be the next big hit. And who knows? Maybe you'll inspire others on how to write a book with the help of these simple steps in how you wrote your own!
Have fun and never give up on whatever it is that you set out to do.
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There is no reason you can't.
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