Most of us have aspiring goals we want to achieve during the pandemic lockdown. Some of us may already have achieved their goal, but for many of it it’s a work in progress. Personally, I have a project which is to complete writing my novel which I started in the middle of March, the beginning of the lockdown.
For new aspiring writers like myself, it is not an easy feat to start writing a book from scratch. I can tell you without hesitation that the hardest part of a writer’s job is sitting down to do the work. Books don’t just write themselves, after all. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work. I believe that every one of us has important ideas or creative work they wanted to share with the world.
Throughout my 6 months journey of writing, as I look back on what it really takes to become an author, I realize how different the process was from reality. To begin with, you don’t just sit down to write a book. That’s not how writing works. You write a sentence, then a paragraph, then maybe if you’re lucky, an entire chapter. Writing happens in fits and starts, in bits and pieces. It’s a process.
The way you get the work done is not too complicated. You take one step at a time, then another and another. As I look back on my manuscript/work, I can see how the way they were made was not as glamorous as I once thought. Journey in Book-Writing
In this post, these are the experiences and difficulties I face in writing my book, so when anyone of you faces this kind of problem you would be well-informed of the problem. I’ve worked hard to make this easy to digest and super practical, so you can start making progress.
But first, let’s look at the big picture. What does it take to write a book? It happens in three phases: Beginning: You have to start writing. This sounds obvious, but it may be the most overlooked step in the process. You write a book by deciding first what you’re going to write and how you’re going to write it.
Staying motivated: Once you start writing, you will face self-doubt and overwhelm, and a hundred other adversaries. Planning for those obstacles ensures you won’t quit when they come.
Finishing: Nobody cares about the book that you almost wrote. We want to read the one you actually finished, which means no matter what, the thing that makes you a writer is your ability not to start a project, but to complete it.
Chapter 1: Getting Started
We all have to start somewhere. With writing a book, the first phase is made up of four major parts. 1. Decide what the book is about
Good writing is always about something. Write the argument of your book in a sentence, then stretch that out to a paragraph, and then to a one-page outline. After […]