Tips On Writing A Book For The First Time – Beginner’s Advice

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I’m Mette Ivy Harrison. I’m the best-selling author of the Bishop’s Wife series and I’m gonna be sharing my five best tips of how to write a novel.

Tip number one is you need to have an interesting character who needs or want something desperately. This is so that you can have a character who is propelling the plot forward. Passive characters are not super interesting.

They need to do something. You want to have a character who’s not just reacting to events but rather is causing events to happen and interacting with other characters in the world that they’re in.

Tip number two is that you need to have an interesting world for your interesting character to be in. You can have a fantasy world. You can have a science-fiction world or it can be a contemporary world, but it needs to have a kind of set of rules that you as the author know but you gradually reveal as the character interacts with the world.

If you have a contemporary world, you need to make sure that the world is different then that regular world that your readers are used to. The character then has to decide whether they’re gonna follow the rules or not follow the rules.

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Tip number three is that you need to have a limited time frame in which the events happen. While you can write books that have 20 years over which the books take place, I highly recommend against doing that because it takes away the urgency of the events happening.

Your readers won’t feel like they need desperately to pick up the book and find out what happens next, so I recommend often choosing like a 24 to 48 hour period maybe a week, maybe even a month but short time frame. You want to choose the best frame of time in which these things can happen the most, where all the most exciting things happen.

Think about Star Wars. You think about George Lucas choosing what part of Star Wars he wanted to tell first. He told the story of Luke Skywalker first because that was a very compressed time frame. Some of the other stories take place over lots of different worlds and lots of different characters. It’s harder to get into the series, I think, with any of the other stories. Luke Skywalker’s single character in an interesting world and in a limited time-frame.

First novel writingTip number four is to make sure that there are exciting things that happen and that there are a lot of emotions that are involved in these exciting things. Readers read a lot because they want to feel emotions. You, as their writer, have to make sure that there are a lot of times for people to have feel emotions.

So you tell an exciting event and then you have to step back a little bit and make sure that the reader has an as an experience, so that they can also react to the events. I see a lot of writers focusing so much on the events happening and not so much on the reaction of the character.

It feels like it slows it down, but for a reader that reaction actually is the part where they’re most invested. That’s the most important part of the book, is the reaction emotionally of the characters.

Tip 5 – make sure that your character has time to learn. Now, I know that I said that you need to have a compressed time-frame, sometimes 24 hours or 48 hours, but you also need to make sure that your reader learns things at a normal pace.

When you do have a compressed timeframe of 24 to 48 hours that your story is happening in, think about how much a regular person could learn in that time frame. ou need to make sure that that’s how much your character learns. They’re not going to, you know, probably discover the secrets of the universe in that 24 hours.

They might decide to change one small thing about their lives, let me change everything but it’s going to be a small thing. They’re not going to be able to learn to use a sword, for instance if you’re writing a fantasy book, in one day.

It will take them a long time, so if you’re compressing the time frame, make sure that you allow the character to make the mistakes that they need to make. My best piece of advice – if you want to be a writer, is to write as often as you can. I’m not gonna say everyday, because most people have lives where they can’t do it every single day.

Tips for writing a book for beginners infoIf you can write three times a week, and if you can even write only 500 words, three times a week, you will have a novel written in a year. If you can commit to that and have a full novel written in a year. You need to write it from beginning to end.

You need to not go back and rewrite your beginning 800 times before you keep moving on, because there are things that you learn about writing a novel from beginning to end.

Getting to the climax of the story, writing an ending, you will learn things about that that you cannot learn by rewriting your first page or your first chapter over and over again. Give yourself a full year, write an entire book then start going back and rewriting.

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Hi everyone. My name is Bridget Bell. Welcome to my channel where I share with you ideas for a better life. I’m super excited about today’s video because it’s on a topic I’m very passionate about – writing.

Something a lot of you may not know about me that I’ve been writing and publishing books since the age of 17 and within this past year alone I’ve written and published three books. I’m currently working on few more and have concepts for four more that i plan on writing in the near future.

Now the reason I’m telling you this is not to brag or to boast, but simply because some of the most common questions I get asked when people find out that I’ve written these books are:

  • How did you do that?
  • How did you write a book?
  • How did you publish it?
  • I’ve always wanted to write a book – can you teach me how?
  • Can you show me how to do it?

And so in this video I’m going to share with you a few of my very most basic, yet essential tips, for writing your first book. While writing a book may seem like a daunting task suited for only the most well-rounded, seasoned writers I’m here to tell you that it’s not so.

Writing a book for the first timeIn this video I’m going to share with you a few of my tips when it comes to writing your first book, so if you’ve ever wanted to write your own book, or feel as though you have a story to share listen up because you’re going to want to hear this.

Before we start, I want to cover something that’s incredibly important to your success and that’s identifying your ‘why’. Why do you want to write a book? When it comes to accomplishing any goal, it’s important to not only know what you want to accomplish, in this case I want to write my first book, but even more important is the reason why you want to accomplish it.

I’ve said before in other videos but to think of a goal as setting the end destination on your GPS and your ‘why’ as the fuel to get you there. So why write a book? I’ll give you just a few reasons and you can feel free to add your own reason.

Number one is that everyone has a story to tell I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a unique story or life experience or some sort of value to share with others. Everybody, I believe, is an expert, and writing a book helps share that expertise with others.

Reason number two is that book writing enables you to leave a legacy behind on this earth, even once you’re gone and no longer here, your worth will live on, and that is a pretty cool thing.

Reason number three is – writing a book establishes instant credibility and sets you apart as an expert in your field. It can open doors of opportunity and enable you to network and market yourself in a ways that you weren’t able to before.

Writing your first book tipsReason number four – having books that you author can also work wonders for your business, whatever it may be. Let’s say you have a coaching business. Well, having a book that you authored, it can be used as a tool to help you prequalify clients and generate leads for your business.

It also adds value to your customers because it’s another resource that they can turn to you for help and advice. It can even be used for marketing purposes, such as for free giveaway for building your email list.

Number five – finally, one of the biggest reasons most people think of when they want to write a book is because of the possibility of generating income through book royalties. Those are just a few reasons why I believe book writing is an incredibly powerful act.

Feel free to add your own reasons, as the more reasons you have, the more fuel you’re putting in your engine and therefore the more likely you are to complete your book and have the strength to keep going even when it gets tough or tiresome.

Now let’s talk about how you can go about writing your book. My first tip for you is to identify your passion. You may already have a good idea as to what you’d like your book to be about but if you don’t, that’s okay. My first piece of advice to you is to answer the question ‘what are you most passionate about or what am I most passionate about?’

If you don’t know the answer to that I recommend checking out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and by asking yourself the following questions;

  • What do I like to do?
  • How do I like to spend my free time?
  • How do I like to spend my money?
  • What I do even if I wasn’t getting paid?
  • What do people ask me for advice on the most?
  • What are some of the biggest hurts and challenges that I’ve had to overcome?
  • What message do I want to share with others?
  • If I could be known for one thing or leaving one impactful idea behind on the planet,what would that be?

For me, writing has always been a passion of mine because it’s been the vehicle which has allowed me to share how to overcome my biggest hurts and challenges. It’s been something that I’ve been so passionate about. I’ve done it without getting paid and it’s just something that feels like breathing to me.

It’s just something that you have to do, so take a moment to pause the video and answer those questions for yourself. If you’d like more inspiration for identifying your passions and your purpose be sure to check out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and I’ll link that below.

You may already have an idea of what your passions are or what you’d like to write about. Just having that crystal clear vision and being able to see it written out on paper is really important and really helpful.

Writing your first novel adviceStep number two to writing your first book is to eliminate limiting beliefs about writing books. So not directly related to the writing process, but it’s incredibly important. Our beliefs can either help us or hinder us on our path to goal achievement and it’s no different with writing a book.

If you want to successfully complete your first book, it’s imperative that you eliminate any limiting beliefs revolved around book writing. Some limiting beliefs may include writing a book is too hard, or it’s too time-consuming, or writing a book is reserved only for those who are well-rounded writers, famous or celebrities.

I’m here to tell you that none of those things are true. The truth of the matter is that anyone can write a book if they’re truly dedicated to doing so. As I’ve said before, everyone has a story to tell. Everyone’s an expert at something and it’s not as hard if you think, which leads me to my next point.

My tip number 4 is to write every day. Once you’ve decided to discard those limiting beliefs, because you recognize that they won’t get you anywhere, and once you adopt the empowering belief that anyone can write a book if they choose to set their mind to it.

The reason it’s important to write every day is because, not only will it strengthen develop and improve your skills of the writer, but it will help you create content for your book. Something I highly recommend doing is starting a blog. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s been a very helpful tool.

Tips on writing a book for the first timeSome of the books I’ve written I didn’t even know I was going to write. I wasn’t even planning on writing them, but tyrants began to emerge with the content that I was blogging about, that I realized that I had enough content for several books. All I have to do is kind of tweak my blog post and reformat them to create a book.

Another reason writing everyday, specifically for a did you publish, is important is because it can help you build a following of individuals who are eager to buy your book. You may be wondering ,well why would people want to buy a book of mine if I already share it all the information on my blog?’

The answer to that would be that in writing a book you’re putting it into a different format and you’re also tweaking things and adding more substance so that you’re providing more value in your books than you would in a typical blog post.

You want to share quality information and helpful advice but you want to save your juiciest information for your book. I definitely know what it’s like to have ideas of mine stolen or taken from my blog and used by other people, so you want to hook people in with blogging but do so without giving everything away.

You want to create intrigue but don’t give away your best secrets. It’s like on my youtube channel, I share what a lot of people consider a helpful tips but my books are really where the juicy stuff is. Finally, writing every day is important because it breaks down the daunting task of writing a book by breaking it into smaller segments.

If you think about it, if you right just one page a day for six months, that’s 180 pages. If you write a page a day for a year that’s 365 pages. That’s a pretty decent sized book, so anyone who said things like writing a book is too hard or it’s too time-consuming, when you break it down in a smaller bit it really becomes something that’s seen as much more doable and less of this ginormous monstrous task that’s intimidating for you to tackle.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did, please be sure to give a thumbs up, share it with your friends and subscribe for more videos. Also let me know in the comments below if you would be interested in me creating a book writing eCourse.

I have a lot more tips that I can share on the subject, such as how to go about publishing, how to get artists to create artwork for your book, how you can create your own artwork, how to outsource for an editor, how to pick a title that sells and so much more.

If that’s something that you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you’re interested in purchasing any of my books, I’ll put the links to those below as well. That’s all for this video. Thanks so much for watching, as always. I wish you a phenomenal week and I will see you all in the next video. Until then, take care.

Tips On How To Write A Novel The Right Way

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Greetings. My name is Carol Denbow and I’m the author of six books, including ‘A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story’. I’m also the editor of more than 10 websites online to help first-time and seasoned authors write and publish and market their books…

I’m not a publisher and I’m not here to sell you anything. I’m just simply here to help you keep your writing goals. Okay, so whether you’re writing a book for your personal use, for family and friends, or a book for resale, I try to help you get started.

Today, my suggestion is ‘write your book’. You’ve had it in your heart. You’ve had it in your mind for how long, and you haven’t sat down to read it yet. You clicked on this video because you want to know how to get started.

I’m going to try to help you with that right now. Okay, so whether you want to write a fiction book, a nonfiction, a fantasy, or mystery, autobiography – anything you want to write, I’m telling you now sit down and write it.

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When you’re ready to sit down and write, don’t ever worry about editing. Don’t worry about misspelling words. Don’t worry about any of that kind of stuff – just write your book and get it in your keypad. Just keep on writing right till it’s done.

You’ve always wanted to do it and you’re never going to be satisfied till you have, or at least attempted it. Then you can say at least you tried to write a book, or maybe you’ll end up writing a book, and maybe you’ll be a best-seller.

I doubt it but it’s good to try. I got all these books on the wall behind me. In fact there’s another one- look that way over to the side – so I kind of know as I speak, hopefully have learned something through all this.

Creative writing tips for beginnersAnyway so let’s get started. All right. so you’re gonna write your book and don’t worry about editing. First of all notes. Find a quiet place to write, an extra bedroom office, or even garage. Anywhere away from any family or friends, kids whoever’s gonna interrupt you.

Okay, second – set time aside to write. Not ten minutes guys. Ten minutes you can’t even get focus. You can’t even get your juices flowing. Set aside two hours. Tell yourself every Monday ‘oh let’s see. I’m off on Monday. okay Monday. all right, the kids are in school perfect from 10:00 to noon. all right everybody I’ll sit down and I’ll focus’.

Hey, if you do, maybe you sit down and this it’s not working for you that time. That’s fine too. You’re supposed to enjoy your writing. Writing is healthy. Writing relieves stress. Trying to find your time to write – if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t – move on, the time will come again.

Okay next … choosing your book’s topic. Wow, I can’t even tell you how important this is, especially if you want to seek a publisher later. You write a book about cars and there are a million books written about cars. Let’s get creative. Let’s write something nobody’s written before.

Let’s give the publisher a reason to look and go ‘this person’s got a creative mind’. Okay so go by demand. Ask yourself these questions, and I’m going to refer to my notes – are there a million books which follow the path of your story or subject that’re already out there?

I wish well sure that we need one more – probably not. Okay next – is there even an audience out there who will buy your book? I don’t know if you’re writing about this wonderful dog that you had, and sad to say, the dog passed away.

Probably not going to find a lot of readers out there in the reading audience but you know, write it, feel good about writing it. You’ve done it, you’ve accomplished it. That’s great. If you want to get it out of there into the real market, it’s gonna have to be some demand.

 

Okay here’s a statistic you’ll really like. Every hour of every day, every day of every year including Christmas and New Year’s, 30 books are released in the US alone. That’s not even a world statistic, that’s just in the US.

Fiction writing tips guidanceThus, competition is fierce, just so you know. So if you plan to sell your book to the reading public, make sure folks that there’s going to be a market for that book, otherwise you may be wasting your energy, your time, okay?

So write your book. How do I start? How do I begin? I know what I want to write. Writing, it’s like a business and just like any business you need a business plan, right? The plan in this case it’s going to be the outline for your book.

I’m gonna read this right from here because I wrote it, and it just sounds better. Okay, a well drawn outline will help you focus on your total project outline, your story or information. For fiction book writing, an outline of your plot, when they introduce your characters is half of the story.

That is ‘what’s the beginning of the story, what’s the middle of the story and what’s the ending of the story’ all placed into chronological order. For non-fiction book writing the same applies. Organize your information into logical and useful order. Believe me, when you put down all your titles, your chapter titles, that’s a great way to start.

Short story writing tips adviceThen just fill in the blanks. It helps keep it all in order, so you don’t have to go back and start searching for where does this belong, where does that go. Okay – choosing your title. Oh this is always the fun part. I love picking titles for my books.This is always fun but not only is a catchy title a must for nonfiction and fiction books, but your title words will most likely be used as keywords when someone searches the internet for a book similar to yours.

Once your book’s complete find an editor … now you’re all done, now it is time to find professional editor. Gotta fix your boo-boos. Okay spellcheck – it’s only part of the problem. Spellcheck is not going to completely edit your manuscript, it’s gonna spellcheck – and even then a lot of times it’s gonna be wrong!

You need a higher professional editor first. Before you do, I suggest that you pre edit your book by reading it to yourself out loud. You are too familiar with your script to read it word by word. When you do that. What’s gonna happen is, you’re gonna miss them because you wrote it.

You’re skimming through. I just want to get this thing edited. I just want to get going. There’s one, move on, give it to somebody else. If someone is gonna be honest with you and show you your boo-boos and say ‘hey I don’t understand this part right here, this didn’t just doesn’t work for me or doesn’t make sense’, you need an honest opinion.

Story writing tips beginnersGet two get, three, get five and then send it off to a professional editor, which by the way is going to be about somewhere about 300 bucks for 150 page book. That’s probably a pretty good deal but I can’t I cannot express how important that is.

Okay next, there’s just obviously a lot more to this process that I’ve explained here and I do plan to make future videos on publishing – the process, query letters and marketing your book, which boy if you think writing is a job, when you get down to marketing!

Anyway, if you found this video helpful I’d really appreciate it if you could give me a little 5-star rating so that other new writers can find this video themselves. Okay, I also have a wonderful blog. As a writer and an author you would probably appreciate and get a lot of use out of it. It’s called a Book Inside Blog.

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Tips For Writing A Book For Beginners – Another Author’s Advice

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Hi guys – it’s Connie Glenn author with The Roads of Chronicles series. The first book Undercover princess is out now in hardback and paperback if you want to check it out. Today I’m gonna be talking to you guys about my 5 tips for getting into writing.

So it’s no secret that getting into writing and starting a book is incredibly daunting. People say to me ‘where do you even begin?’ So that is where we’re gonna start.

Tip number 1 – read as much as you can. This probably seems very obvious and it’s also probably the thing that you get told the most when you look for writing tips. That’s because it really is as helpful as people say it is. Read everything and start to get an idea of what excites you, what you feel passionate about, or even what you think is missing.

Tips on how to write a novel infoRead books, read short stories, read poetry read fan-fiction – just read everything you can and everything that you enjoy and start to pick up on the patterns. You will find that the more you read, the more you get an understanding of what it is that works in writing and what it is that doesn’t.

The best filmmakers watch lots of movies. The best artists consume a lot of art and the best writers do a lot of reading. Other people’s work can be the best inspiration and the best teacher.

Tip number two – keep notes. You never know when inspiration is going to strike you, so it’s a really good idea to have something with you at all times that you can make notes on, be that a bit of stationery or even the Notes app on your phone.

I very often get my best ideas when I’m out and about in the world, so I would just quickly get out my phone and make a note of whatever idea I’ve had so that I don’t lose it. Because there is nothing worse than having a good idea and losing it. I do try and bring a notebook with me wherever I go, but sometimes you forget.

Tip number three – start making a plan. This, in my opinion, is the most important part of writing and it’s the thing so many people overlook and don’t realise is as important as it is. Once you have an idea for a story you need to make a plan for it.

Tips for writing a book guidanceI personally write out five bullet points for every single chapter. These bullet points will dictate everything that needs to happen in that chapter as well as all of the subtext that needs to come across. For example, what information a character needs to know. How a character is going to be feeling.

How they’re going to be feeling at the end of the chapter, all of these things I need to make sure are coming across. I like to have them in a plan, so I can look back at that plan and make sure it has worked. This also gives you a great map of pacing and length because it shows you how long it’s taking for each plot point to happen.

So you can see that maybe this thing should be happening quicker. Maybe you don’t need as much time for that other plot point. All of these things can be sorted out in the plan before you start writing. This is also a good way to prevent writer’s block and shows you any problems that your story might have.

I would encourage you to make plans about everything – characters, locations, etc. Having a solid database of all your ideas is a great way of keeping motivated and also just keeping organized.

Tip number four – make time to write. It’s all well and good having all of your ideas and all of your plans but what about actually writing? Try and designate time every day or every week if you’re very busy, for getting a certain amount of words done.

Pro Writing tipsMy personal time guide follows the average length of my chapters. A regular chapter for me is about 2,000 words, so I try and write between 700 and a thousand words a day, which is approximately half a chapter, so my average chapter takes me about two to three days to finish. Sometimes I would write more but I always try and write at least that many words on a day that I’ve designated to writing.

My final tip, tip number five – kill your darlings. Once you have some chapters or even your whole story, it’s time for the hardest part and that is getting good at editing, and realizing when things in your story are not working. This was the most difficult thing for me to do as a writer but I promise it gets easier and easier.

The best way to get good at this is to share your work. Maybe join a creative writing class. This way you get encouragement as well as feedback. Sometimes you’ll need to take a break from your story, so you can come back to it with fresh eyes and see what wasn’t working.

Sometimes you will be able to see what isn’t working but won’t be ready to part with it yet, so you need to go away and come back when you’re less emotionally attached to that bit. I would also say that the more you plan, the less you will need to edit and get rid of and fix. Do not underestimate the power of a good plan.

That was my personal 5 tips on getting into writing and starting your first story. I hope it has been helpful for you and don’t forget that practice really does make perfect. Don’t get discouraged. If it gets hard just keep working at it and keep going, and don’t forget to plan. I’m gonna sing the praises of plans my whole life. A plan is the best way to write it. Best of luck to all of you on your writing journeys. Goodbye.

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Writing A Book For The First Time

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When new authors consider writing a book for the first time there are a couple of options open to them. They can join that elite group of people known as Pantsers, who just dive in and get writing, or they can plan what they’re going to do before they start writing their masterpiece.

Don’t get me wrong – Pantsers do exist. Among their ranks are authors like Frederick Forsyth, who wrote ‘Day Of The Jackal’ in just 35 days and pushed it into the all-time best-seller ranks for years to come. It’s rumoured that John Grisham wrote his first novel straight off, with minimal planning.

It’s worth noting that both men were sharp-thinking professional men – one an international journalist and the other a lawyer. For the rest of us, outlining the structure of a first book really is the fast track to success. It just makes so much sense. You will know your setting and characters so well that the reader will be more readily pulled into your story.

How To Start Writing a Book For The First Time – Good Advice From Brian Collins

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Hello there. My name is Brian Collins and I’m an author from Ireland. In this video post I’m going to explain to you how you can write a book for the first time and in particular I’m going to focus on how you can write a nonfiction book.

But that said you can use the practical lessons from this pulse to write fiction too. So the first thing I say to you is to commit to write in your book. Writing a book is a big creative endeavour and you don’t have to spend many weeks months and even possibly years working on your book so before you set out to write one.

Ask yourself – ‘is a book the best medium to express my ideas and do I have the mental energy and the creative energy and resources to do it?’ If you do, great, because the next thing you need to do is to know what you’re writing about and this is very important.

It’s important that you know what you’re writing about because you’re going to spend a lot of time working with this particular idea. A great way to figure out what it is that you want to say is to spend an hour or two free writing about your topic.

That is put, anything you can think of onto the blank page and organizing your ideas and then try and establish what it is your book was about in one or two sentences so that it’s clear to you.

Writing a book for the first timeSo once you know what your book is about, the next thing you need to figure out is what your audience wants. The best way to figure out what your audience wants is to look at books in your niche or your chosen genre. See what sells and see what doesn’t sell.

Then ask yourself – ‘does your book fit into what sells and what doesn’t sell?’, because what you need to do is to figure out the middle ground between what you’re passionate about and what’s selling on stores like Amazon.

I suggest to you that you look at books that have a sales ranking of under 30,000 because these books sell at least five copies a day. Meaning it is a demonstratable interest from readers that you can leverage with your book. Once you know what your audience wants how much your book is about, I’d say to you to spend a little bit of time deciding what type of writer you are.

Now there are two types of writers. There are Pantsers and Plotters. Pantsers are the type of writers who write from the seat of their pants. They sit down on the blank. They sit down in a chair in front of the blank page and they basically make it up as they go along with a connection to the muse, to God. Plotter, on the other hand, are the types of writers who spend ages organizing their ideas and planning what it is they’re going to say before they say it.

Now being a plotter is a type of writer that I am and it lends itself particularly well to non-fiction writing. So the next thing I would say to you is to spend some time researching your book. What you need to do is, you need to research and read those books in your particular niche, or genre that have sold well.

I would say to you to spend a couple of weeks. I would also look at the good reviews and bad reviews for books that’ve sold and haven’t sold, because the good reviews will tell you what works and the bad reviews will tell you what reeders disliked.

Tips on writing a book for the first time guideThen you could avoid the mistakes that some of these writers might have inadvertently made. Once you’ve researched your book, before you set out to write it, I would suggest that you budget for writing a book, particularly if you’re going to self publish it.

Why do I say this? Well, writing a book may be free, unless you count the cost of time, but publishing a book isn’t. Later on you’re going to have to hire a proofreader, a book designer and an editor, and all of these things really are non-negotiable if you want to create a professional book.

It can cost anywhere between 500 and $2,000 to get all of these people to help you to publish your book. so I would say to you, if you budget at the start of the process then you will have the financial resources when the time comes to hire these people to help you.

I would also say that that was a good time to be interviewing experts if you’re writing nonfiction. I actually worked as a journalist several years ago in Ireland and I interviewed business people, politicians and author, and my practical tip for you is – if you’re interviewing people for your book is to try and keep your interviews between 30 and 60 minutes in length.

If they’re any longer they become quite difficult for you to go through and if they’re any shorter you might not necessarily get the information that you need because it can take people some time to warm up to reveal interesting stories to you.

There’s a great service called Rev that you can use to get these interviews transcribed, which makes it much easier to go through them later on and believe me I’ve spent a lot of time transcribing interviews by hand and it’s not fun.

So that’s a lot of research here. After doing so I would say to you it’s important that you know when to stop researching and when to start writing. Why do I say this? Well, research is important and it’s useful but it can also turn into a form of procrastination.

There comes a time when you just need to get the ideas out of your head and onto the blank page and to organize your book that you’re going to write into a coherent structure. Besides, you can continue to research your book while you’re writing it, so if you’re a plotter that I talked about previously now is a good time to organize all those ideas from your research and your interviews.

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What I do is, I get a set of index cards. Each index card corresponds to a particular chapter in my book. I write the title of the chapter on top of the index cards and then I write five to ten bullet points for each topic that I want to cover in the chapter, or for each story that I want to tell, or for each takeaway for the reader.

Then I paint out these index cards to a wall near where right we like that the whiteboard as you can see there behind me and what I like to live with that for a few weeks so that I can rearrange my IDs visually before transferring them to a digital tool like Evernote.

It’s not necessary that you use index cards or a digital tool like Evernote. I just share this process with you so hopefully it can give you some insight and you can plan your writing in advance, if that’s the type of writer that you are.

Okay, so now that you’ve outlined your book. The next thing to do is to approach it like a professional writer. Professional writers work to deadlines and I would like you to set a deadline for when you’re going to write that first draft of your book.

How can you set this deadline? Well a typical non-fiction book is between sixty and eighty thousand words in length, so if you decide to write 1,000 words every day then it’ll take you two to three months with some basic maths to produce that first draft of your book.

I am writing a book for the first time helpThat’s of course presuming that you write six or even seven days a week which may not be realistic. So look at your calendar, work out when you’re going to write. When you can’t write, set yourself a hard deadline for getting that first draft out of your head.

Now when I say getting that first draft out of your head what I really mean is getting that messy first draft out of your head, because the messy first draft is really just about getting the words onto the blank page than it is about creating something that’s coherent and makes a lot of sense.

And this is why it’s important that you just have a target work count each day that you try and hit. Don’t worry too much about editing your work and if you feel like it’s not very good, that doesn’t really matter. All you need to do is simply go to your book paragraph by paragraph or sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter until you hit your target word count for that first messy draft.

Because you can fix all these problems later on. Once you’ve got that first messy draft done put your work aside, because I find that when you’ve been working on something for a while the ideas can become too hot to touch, let alone edit.

So let it sit in a drawer on your computer and go off and do something for a few days, even a week or two that has nothing to do with your book. Then when the time comes, when you’re feeling fresh, when the ideas are a little bit cooler, print out your book, get a red pen make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit down and read through your book in one or two sessions.

Take care to mark up the parts of your book in red pen whatever you need to change. Now when it comes to making these edits or changes in your book, the American editor Saul Stein recommends the writers treat their book like triage.

How to start writing a book for the first time adviceYou fix the big problems in your work first before you get into the small problems. The big problems include things like removing a chapter from your book and writing a new chapter, perhaps doing some additional research or interviews, or perhaps change in the into stories or even the entire flow of the way you’ve all read in your book.

The smaller edits that you do later on include things like line edits, changing the titles and subtitles in your book and basically polishing your prose. Fix the big things first, then do the small things, then get it printed out. Repeat the process.

You can do this two or three times and if you can enlist the help of a friend or family member who can help you identify problems in your work that you may have missed. Eventually, when you need to get some professional help, when you need to hire an editor a couple of things to know.

Firstly, as I talked about previously, you need to have a budget. The second thing I would say to you is that you you need to block book time at your editor in advance because they’re busy people. If you’re looking to publish something within the next week or two that may not be released realistic.

What I would suggest to you is that you contact editors early on the process and then you give them the time they need to help turn your book into something that we just enjoy. Something that you’re proud of and something that lasts.

When you get those edits back from your editor, they may be developmental edits or it may be line by line edits, depending on the level of service that you’ve commissioned them to undertake, take the time and the care to go through all of these with your editor.

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If possible, have a discussion about your book with your editor before you make these changes and of course once the proofreader has been through your book what you need to do then is to make the proofs.

You need to format your book for self publishing, and of course format your book for self publishing is a post in itself but I would say that they write in AB Scrivener makes it easier than ever for writers to self publish. It’s something I recommend that you invest time and resources into learning upfront.

Finally, know when you’re at the end of writing your book, because perfectionism is a trait that can trip up any writer and I think it’s important that you know when you’ve reached the end of your project.

When it’s time to move on to something else there will always be a gap between what it is that you want to say and what you end up producing on the blank page, and the best way to bridge that gap over time is to write and finish more great books.

When you write and finish more great books you’ll sell more books to readers and you’ll be able to advance your writing career. So if you found this post helpful, you can also visit the blog post – the link is in the video description or I’d also ask that you share this post with a friend, or another writer who you think will find this helpful. Thanks for watching.

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