Writing a book is on many peoples’ bucket lists. Many people see it as a way to follow a lifelong dream or to make their lives more interesting. Sometimes it can even be a route to financial success!
But what exactly does it take to write a book? Let’s take a look.
The Need For A Book
Firstly, you need to have a book in mind. Not just any book, but one that you feel passionate about. Maybe you’ve always had the idea of writing a book about the environment and sustainable living? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to write about business, marketing, and entrepreneurship?
Whatever your reasons for wanting to write a book, there should be a book sitting on your shelf that you want to write about. Ideally, this book should be a few years old and should have climbed its way to the top of the best seller’s list by then. This will give you a natural audience for your work and will make it easier for potential readers to find. You also want to choose a book that has been written by someone whose opinion you respect.
The Process Of Writing A Book
Now that you have your perfect book in mind, it’s time to move onto the process of writing it. This is where many people get bogged down and frustrated because the process of writing a book seems quite easy, yet very few people are able to pull it off. If you’re looking for a quick outline for how to write a book, here it is:
- Do some research
- Organize your thoughts
- Write the first draft
- Show it to some people
- Continue to rewrite
- When you’re happy with it, publish it
But if you really want to write the perfect book, then please keep reading.
The Research Phase
This is perhaps the most crucial phase of writing a book, and one that most people completely skip over. When you’re sitting on the bench, waiting for the game to start, there are a million things going through your head. You want to make sure that you’ve got everything written down in a manner that makes sense and will be able to be easily conveyed to the reader. This is where you do your homework and where you find out all the important details about your chosen subject matter. You want to make sure that you’ve got enough material to cover everything you need and don’t end up having to cut corners or rushing the process to meet an arbitrary deadline.
The Organize Thought Phase
When you’ve got your first draft ready to go, it’s time to organize your thoughts. You want to take a step back and look at everything you’ve written. Is the language easy to understand? Did you follow grammatical rules when you wrote it? Did you use proper spelling, capitalization, and punctuation? These are all important things to look out for and they’ll make a massive difference in how the reader interacts with your work. If you’re using an outliner like Scrivener or Tiddlywiki, this phase is a lot easier because you can click to jump between different sections and see exactly how everything fits together. This is also a good time to make any necessary adjustments to the text. For instance, if you find that you’ve written a lot about the environment, but the language in the text is business oriented, you might want to swap some of the business focused content for environmental content to give the work a more holistic feel.
The Writing Phase
Once you’ve got your thoughts organized, it’s time to write. If you’re using Scrivener or Tiddlywiki, this is a fairly easy phase because you can just click to jump between different sections of the document. But even if you don’t use an outliner, you can still write one chapter at a time and move between them using tabs or notes. Here you’ll put into words everything you’ve ever thought about your chosen topic.
It’s a good idea to write slowly and methodically. Take your time and do plenty of research. Make notes of any important details or ideas you come across along the way. Check for any errors or inconsistencies in your work. And don’t worry about perfect grammar or spelling. The important thing is that you’re expressing yourself in the way you want to and that the language is easy to understand. When you hit on a good rhythm, it’ll flow more naturally and you’ll feel like you’ve been writing for hours when in reality, it’s only been a couple of days.
The Rewrite Phase
This is perhaps the most frustrating phase of writing a book because it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and never leave. It’s very easy to become disheartened when you hit a stumbling block and never seem to be able to find your way out. So, while you’re in this phase, it’s important to take a step back and look at what you’ve written with a fresh set of eyes. Ask yourself questions and write down all the answers. If you’ve followed this guide rigorously and done all the right research, then there’s no reason why this phase should be particularly frustrating. Just look for the answers and trust your instincts. Once you’ve found them, everything will make sense and you’ll be able to piece together the puzzle.
The Show It To Some People Phase
This is where most people get stuck. While you’re in the middle of rewriting and reorganizing, it’s easy to get distracted and forget what you’re doing. To keep yourself focused, get some of your closest friends or family members to read over the work you’ve done so far. They’ll be able to tell you if there are any major holes in your logic or reasoning and, more importantly, point out any spelling mistakes or ambiguous words that they come across. While this is a very helpful set of eyes, it’s also very difficult for them to give unbiased feedback because they have an interest in the work you’re doing. However, asking a few close friends or family members to read your book doesn’t mean that you have to show it to everyone. There are plenty of places online that you can show your work to get feedback. This is a good option because, aside from being able to provide unbiased opinion, you can also participate in a community of people who are interested in the same topic as you.
The Publishing Phase
At this point, you’ll want to show your work to someone else. Again, nothing stops you from editing and polishing the work you’ve done so far. But it’s also a good idea to get some other people to take a look at what you’ve written. Get a professional editor to go over it and make any necessary corrections. Also, try to get a feel for how everything flows and whether or not it makes sense from a narrative standpoint. While you can always go back and edit your work (within reason), it’s a good idea to get some extra eyes on it to make sure that everything stays on track.
Now that you’ve got your book ready to go, the last thing you want to do is to sit on it. So, once you’ve shown it to some people, its time to get out there and promote it. Start a blog or website devoted to your book. Post regularly on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. And don’t hesitate to use all the resources at your disposal. There are plenty of places online that you can find free marketing, such as Squidoo and LinkedIn. And don’t forget about the all-powerful book marketing platform called Amazon.com. When someone is searching for information on your chosen topic, they will most likely come across your book. The more you post, the more opportunities you’ll have to get the word out there. Finally, don’t forget about reviews. People love reading reviews so much that even someone with a bad opinion still puts off buying a product just to read the reviews. So, by getting reviews for your book, you’re giving it some shine that it might not otherwise have received. And if you want to be the best, don’t forget to leave your own review when you’ve finished reading so that others can learn about your experience too!
As you can see, writing a book is a very involved process, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding one. You’ll find that as you get further along, the process will seem a lot less daunting. Just remember to take your time and be meticulous. And don’t forget to have some fun along the way. You could interview some of the people you’ve spoken to or gone over information with. Or you could just crack open that novel you’ve been meaning to read and forget about all the troubles of writing a book. Whatever you do, just have fun with it and you’ll soon find yourself absorbed in the world of your book.