Everyone has a message, a story, a unique perspective to life. Not everyone should write, but everyone can write, and it would do the world a lot of good, if more people would share their stories.
In this article, I want to show you how easy it actually is to write your own book. Every venture has a system to it; a system that can almost nearly promise success. Of course, writing is a skill, so if you do not have the skill, you cannot make good use of the system.
Writing skills include;
– Imagination, and more.
Then again, having the skill is not enough, you need to know how to apply it, and that is why you’re reading this article now. So, without wasting your time, let’s get to it!
1. Read what you want to write
Whatever kind of book you are interested in writing, read books in that category. If you would like to write a book on self-development; if you would like to write a book on business management, read books on business management. This may sound like I’m telling you to copy what others have done, but it is not nearly the case. Reading books in the category you want to write does the following things;
– It expands your knowledge scope on the topic.
– It helps you identify what books like that are typically like
– It helps you decide if you want to write your book like the other books or if you’d rather use another style.
– It helps you identify the advantage you have over other writers in terms of knowledge and the format of you book.
2. Write down your ideas somewhere
This probably seems like something I shouldn’t even need to say. However, this generation has deceived itself into thinking that they have super brains and so can remember everything. But that’s not possible. Take notes. Record your ideas. Don’t worry, all your ideas for the book do not have to be in one book labelled ‘my ideas for the book’. Ideas come from everywhere and can come at any time so it is ok to record in different places, but do not leave your ideas unrecorded. Sometimes when I’m writing, I have a couple of journals, one notepad or 5, and some notes pulled open on my phone all laid out on my desk while I’m writing. Those are all the places I’ve put down my ideas or what I’m working on, and when I’m writing, I refer to those notes and pull them all together.
3. Outline your book
The article you are reading right now started as a list. An outline is a list that breaks down the content of your book. I call a book outline the staircase, and here’s why. When you’re climbing up a staircase, you’re trying to get to a point, and every step leads you closer to that point. That’s how a good book outline should be. When you read, every chapter and subchapter should lead you closer to understanding the main point of the book. Each section that precedes the other takes you closer and closer to the point, the bottom-line, the main gist. So before you write, break your subject into sections, and let each one lead closer to the point you’re trying to make. Your book outline should lead the reader from not knowing to knowing. Like a staircase.
4. Do your research
The quality of research you do is just as important as the quality of words you use. Find out what other people have to say about the topic you’re writing on. No one has enough knowledge about any topic to write a book about it depending only on their own knowledge.
Research is important. Read some books, watch some videos, read articles on the internet. If you are going to write a book that is well rounded, do some research, as much as possible. There is no such thing as too much research, just as long as it does not stop you from actually writing.
5. Write, man. Write!
You cannot be a writer if you don’t write. Get to writing. Put down your thoughts according to the outline you have created, and let the words low. Don’t go trying to use the “big”, complex words, just write what you know in the same way that you would love to read it. Writing is communication, and if you are unable to communicate to the reader, your book has failed. Keep this at the top of your mind as you write; writing is communicating.
6. Edit, then edit again
Every writer makes mistake while they write. You’re writing first in your mind, and your pen (or laptop) is trying to catch up with your mind, which is nearly impossible. If you’d look at your work after writing, you’d be surprised at the sloppy errors you would find. There is no need to beat yourself up about that, it happens to the best of us.
When you’re done writing, go over your work and fix the errors you find. While you’re doing that, you are also going to find parts that you would like to improve, and that is going to help make your book even better. When you’re done, send the book to a professional editor. You know why? Because no one can spot all of their own mistakes, we all miss most of them. Get an agency or a freelancer to edit your book, it is the best investment you can make for your book.
7. Get a different opinion
Get a trusted friend or your mentor, or anyone else whose opinion you really trust, send them the book and ask them to give you clear, and helpful feedback, not just pats on the back and “wow wow wows”. A lot of people want to sneak out their book and surprise everyone, but you need external feedback to make your work better. However, you do not need too much feedback. Send your book to 2-3 people for feedback, no more than that. Too many cooks ruin the soup or in this case, much input ruins the plot. Don’t ask for feedback from people you like, get feedback from people who you are certain can give you intelligent feedback.
8. Buy yourself a tee shirt that says “author”
You’ve done it! You have written a book, and you deserve all of your accolades. Writing is not for the fainthearted, and if you do it, you should applaud yourself. Don’t undermine what you’ve done, it’s amazing and you should celebrate it.
This is as simple as I could make it, and I hope this helps you. If you like this, send it to other writers you know because I certainly wish I’d seen an article like this when I started writing.
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