I don't need to tell you that the pandemic has everyone on edge. We're all stuck at home, trying to keep ourselves busy and our sanity in check. In fact, many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands than ever before. While some may be using this time to binge-watch TV shows, I have a much better activity suggestion for you.
Table of contents
- 1. Plan your book
- 2. Create a basic timeline for writing the book
- 3. Set up a place to work on your manuscripts, such as an office or home study room
- 4. Write without fear of being judged by others
- 5. Keep track of your progress with regular updates
- 6. Find motivation by reading other books in the same genre and talking to friends about it
- 7. Keep a positive attitude and stay strong for yourself and those around you
- 8. Share your story with others
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You can even think of it as more of a challenge.
Here goes: I challenge you to use this time to write a book.
Yes, that's right, YOU can write a book!
There's never been a better time to write a book. With the pandemic keeping everyone indoors, now is your chance to get your story out there.
While we all adjust to a new way of life during the pandemic, many people are turning to write books as a form of self-care and creative expression.
In this blog post, we'll share tips on how to write a book during a pandemic. Whether you're an experienced author or just starting out, these tips will help you stay productive and motivated during these challenging times.
Here are eight simple steps to get you started.
1. Plan your book
There’s no better way to start off writing than by making a plan.
What is the best way to plan a book, you ask?
Well, that depends on what you want it for.
If your goal in writing this text was pure entertainment then there are some specific guidelines about how long each chapter should be and other things like word count or scene breaks that might help with composition but they won't really change anything else about how readers perceive their experience when reading through the pages of print.
That being said I would recommend figuring out one thing early: How do I want people to read my story. This question can aid in planning your book’s foundation.
After that, you can then start making a plan before you start writing your book. Outline every chapter and make sure it follows the right structure so that when everything is said and done, your readers will have an easy time following what's going on with your book.
What's an outline?
It is a way to organize your thoughts and ideas before you start writing. An effective outline will make it easier for yourself because once the story gets going there are likely many other things that pop into mind which could change how well written or interesting something becomes esp if they aren't included in the initial planning stage.
So what exactly does one need from their book outlines anyway?
A lot actually.
When it comes to fiction writers and books, main characters should have clearly defined roles; clues given about twists/surprises ahead so the audience can guess them sooner rather than later (or not at all); world-building details like setting temperature ranges during different times of the year, etc. and any other resolutions that must be resolved by the end of it all.
For nonfiction books, your outline can be a great way to provide structure for your entire book – from the main idea all the way down to the short stories and subtopics supporting the overall idea. First-time authors should definitely start writing their first novel with a book outline in place before anything else.
The outline is a really important part of the process. It'll help you stay on track and make sure that your book has everything from captivating introductions to exciting conclusions. It is a very useful tool for authors of all levels.
So if you’re just starting out as a writer, don’t forget to write a detailed outline of your book.
2. Create a basic timeline for writing the book
As previously discussed, good writing requires great planning and behind every great plan is solid time management skills. People assume that you can write any great work of art anytime, anywhere and although this may be the case at times, it does not necessarily prove to be true in real life all the time.
Authors, especially first-time writers should create a basic timeline for writing their book.
When you are doing your own writing, it's important to have an idea of when each chapter should be completed. It can help with motivation and also marks the progress on your work as well.
Think of it as crossing off to-do lists or tiny milestones each month.
I recently spoke to several new bestselling authors for the past month and they’ve all said the same thing about book writing. They had a plan and a timeline and they tried as much as possible to stick to it. It has helped many writers plan their time wisely, reach their goals and stay on track with their book writing. It’s even how other authors got their debut novel out in the open.
This is also very helpful if you decide to make a career out of writing books. You can easily figure out how much time you’ll need to write a book. This allows book launches to get set in place early as well as virtual events and other book promotion activities needed before the release of your book.
3. Set up a place to work on your manuscripts, such as an office or home study room
You’re stuck indoors during a pandemic, right?
So you might as well make the most out of it and write your heart out.
What better place to do so than in an area you are most comfortable in? I don’t mean comfort in a sense that allows you to bum out and binge watch Netflix okay? I meant a comfortable workplace that allows you to free your mind from worries and get those creative juices going.
Good writing requires a good environment for thinking.
If you're going to be writing for an extended period of time, it's important that the environment is comfortable and inspiring.
Find a space where your mind can wander without worrying about distractions like other people or activities taking up all its energy then set up some amenities like elevator music maybe? This helps you feel relaxed and motivated at home while getting creative!
Where you write is completely up to you, the writer.
The office is actually a great place to work on your novel. If you have a home office, that’s much better! It's quiet, you have plenty of light and space for all those midnight invention sessions. The only downside? You'll never get any sleep but hey, that’s what coffee is for right?
Many writers can even create a masterpiece in the comforts of their own living room or even in their bedroom, as long as it’s a place that is free of distractions. Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t found your special place yet. As you go on with your daily author life, you’ll soon figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. It’s a learning curve every successful writer must go through. Beautifully written stories usually appear out of nowhere coming from ideas found in daily mundane things.
4. Write without fear of being judged by others
In a world where the pandemic has made it difficult to move about freely, there are still some things worth doing. One of these includes writing during this time period. Yes, you heard me right. This is the part where I encourage you to write without the fear of being judged by others.
A piece of much better advice would be to write about how you are feeling, what you're doing, and what the world looks like during the pandemic. You will find that others can relate, even if they don't show it themselves. We’re all ultimately stuck in the same boat.
Spoiler alert! This is actually one of the best-kept secrets to writing – relating to your audience. The more people relate to your writing, the more successful your book will be.
While the rest of society is panicking, it's important to remember that writing during a pandemic can be an extremely therapeutic experience. So go ahead and express yourself. Who knows who you might be helping with your writing.
In my many years of writing, self-publishing, and even business, the best way to combat the fear of being judged while writing during a pandemic is by being honest and opening up about your own feelings.
A little honesty can go a long way. Heck, sprinkle hard work and determination and it can take you all the way.
5. Keep track of your progress with regular updates
Keeping track of your progress is key to getting anything done, even if it's just writing during a pandemic. Take this one step at a time and use the buddy system if it fits your needs. You can get yourself an accountability partner like your spouse or fellow writer to check up on your writing progress. You can also opt to get a self-publishing coach or a mentor to help you with your writing deliverables.
Having someone you talk to about regular updates about your book writing helps you stay grounded and see things that you normally would not be able to see if you were doing on your own.
It pays to have someone care about your book as much as you do.
You know what they say: behind every successful book author is his accountability partner.
Tracking your progress during a pandemic is important because it allows you to stay motivated and meet goals. To avoid the urge to procrastinate, make sure you're always working on your book. During your first run, it may seem hard but with time and patience, all writers have their methods of getting things done.
Remember to keep yourself in check by keeping track of how far you've come. Make sure to stay on top of your game with regular updates and yardsticks so that when things settle down, there's no confusion about what level of experience is required for success at this point.
The pandemic is the perfect time to speak your truth, make your point, and alter the course of ideas in the world.
6. Find motivation by reading other books in the same genre and talking to friends about it
Inspiration is a powerful thing. It can be hard to find, but when you do it's there for the taking, and once discovered – well let’s just say that inspiration lasts longer than any other feeling or moment in life.
I'm sure we've all felt this gut-wrenching rush of excitement about something only later on realizing how difficult getting from point A (the beginning) to B (your end result) and then once again as soon as you’re done with that you are then faced with another difficulty… so you need another boost?
Go read more books, my friend.
The best way to get into the creative spirit during a pandemic is by reading books in your favorite genre and talking with friends about them.
Get inspired by other authors.
Join a book club or find friends who enjoy reading and making conversations about it.
My big advice here for you is this: If you're feeling down and need something to motivate your productivity, try reading books in the same genre as what you’re writing. It’ll help you come up with many different ideas for your own book. It's also helpful if friends are willing to become your conversational partners during these times because they can help provide perspective about the books being read or even as simple as how their life has been changed by this virus too.
It’s time for you to get inspired with good energy, good conversation, and good books.
7. Keep a positive attitude and stay strong for yourself and those around you
Seeing as we are talking about writing a book during a pandemic, it is essential that you take care of yourself. Stay healthy, eat well, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid stress and getting Covid-19 as much as possible.
The most important thing to do when there's a pandemic going on is staying healthy and positive (not in Covid-19 of course). You need to get enough sleep and eat well-balanced meals regularly. Getting exercise within the week is also a good idea. The idea here is to protect your health while becoming the best version of yourself.
However, with flu season being present and sad news floating around, it’s highly likely you’ll get affected mentally as much as physically. Should that ever happen, I urge you to take a break but never give up your book writing.
Yes, it’s never easy to write when you're feeling under the weather, but it is important that we keep our spirits high and stay healthy. If there are pandemic symptoms present in your body don't stress out too much about them. Just listen to your body and focus on rest and recovery.
A successful author knows when to take a break.
8. Share your story with others
We’re down to my last tip for you!
Share what you’ve written with the world.
While writing a book during a pandemic may be filled with its challenges, it is very much possible and I have a feeling you’ll pull through until the end.
After your draft has gone through the process of editors and draft readers, it is then time for it to be sent off to publishing. You can also pick self-publishing your work as an option for you if this is what you prefer other than going through with the old traditional publisher way.
Once your book is ready, it’s time for your marketing to reach potential readers then next is the book launch, virtual events, or even a book tour maybe and then finally, book sales.
That’s about it. Now, one last bit.
During a pandemic, it's important to stay creative and find ways of helping others.
Your first book launch could just be the thing that does that.
Don’t forget the better writer shares his/her story with the world.
The pandemic has affected more than just our health. It’s also changed the way we live and work, as well as how we interact with others. One of those changes is that many people are finding themselves without a job or an income due to the pandemic. If this sounds like you, do consider writing your own book on any topic you're passionate about.
This may be the creative outlet you are looking for during this pandemic. You can use writing as escapism from your daily life, a fun activity, or even an income generator. There's no better time than now to give yourself some control over your future success by taking charge of it yourself – instead of letting life happen to us all at once which can be overwhelming.
As you can see, there are many different ways to write a book. However, if you have no idea how to start or where to go from here, don’t fret! There are plenty of writing experts who specialize in publishing and marketing books that will be happy to help. You can take advantage of the expertise offered by bestsellingbook.com today. I’m sure they’ll help make sure your journey begins on solid ground. We hope this article has given you some valuable insight into what it takes to write an amazing book these days.
For more helpful content in becoming a better author, check out my article on Is Writing a Book a Good Investment?, Top 10 Tips When You’re Getting Started as a Writer or visit our website today BestsellingBook.com.