Can we look at this topic “how to write a book”?
At first glance, writing a book may seem like an easy thing to do; something you can do when you want to.
Well, this is possible for some people but not that easy for some other persons.
Does writing a book have rules or you can just swing it and come out on the other side with a well-written book?
Well, let’s not call it rules. However, there a few things you need to do in order to write a book easily.
These are the things we would be looking at in this post.
8-Way Process On How To Write A Book
The following action points would help you write a book. They are not necessarily steps as you can swap the order. However, carrying out these action points will bring you closer to your goal of writing a book
Decide On What Your Book Is About
In order to avoid confusion and overwhelm, it is better to pick just 1 or 2 questions that you want your book to answer.
You cannot solve all the problems under your subject matter in one book. It would be too much for your readers. Instead, hone in on 1 or 2 solutions and drill it down until it as clear as day to anyone reading it.
For instance, if you want to write a book on parenting, there is a gazillion topic that you can write on in parenting. Even if we go further to parenting toddlers, there is a huge number of topics that you can treat here.
So, what do you do?
Always ask yourself, “what are the most pressing needs of my ideal audience that I can solve using my expertise and knowledge? How many of these solutions can come under one book as a title?”
By the time you have answered these questions, it becomes clearer to you what exactly your book should be about.
Set Daily Word Count Goals
In our post, What To Do Before You Write A Book, we spoke about the number of words you can write in a day depending on the amount of time you schedule for your writing.
Set a goal on the number of words you want to write every day for your book. Setting a goal gives you something to work towards.
So, when the day ends and you check to see that you have accomplished your daily word count goal, you would feel a sense of fulfilment.
Set Weekly Activity Goals
Set the goals on what activity you want to achieve every week.
If you have 12 weeks between now and when you want your book published, you can set activities for each of the 12 weeks.
For instance, for Week 1, the activity could be “Research My Audience. In Week 2, the activity could be “Research My Book”.
If you map out your weekly activities this way, it would be super easy for you to see the progress you are making weekly on your book project. You would also know when you are lagging behind and what to do to get back on track.
Set A Time To Work Daily
As mentioned in our previous post, setting a time for writing daily would help you understand how long it would take you to finish your book.
On the other hand, it helps to prepare your brain to tell it that there is a task that it needs to be performing at a certain time of the day.
When you begin, the flow may not be as easy as you would need to keep adjusting until you get to your flow zone. However, if you keep up writing at that time, your brain gets trained and begins to get the message that at this particular time, it has to kick in and do what it knows to do best – write.
Decide Your Book Word Count
There are different expected word counts for different types of books. You would need to find out what category your book is and how many words your book is expected to be.
However, kindly note that there is no hard and fast rule stating that your book MUST have that word count before it can be accepted. Most especially, if you are self-publishing.
People have written books longer or shorter than the required word count and the books have gone ahead to do quite well.
The most important thing is that your book is magnetic enough for your readers.
But you must decide what the word count range for your book would be so that you know how long it would take you to complete the book using your daily word count target.
Write The Book
At this point, everything you need to write your book should already be in place. You already have your outline and your research, all you need to do is pour your heart to paper.
There’s really no long story to it. Just write.
Accept That The Book Will Not Be Perfect
One of the things that keep some authors stuck is criticism. They mostly believe that the book is not good enough to put out there.
Let me surprise you.
I doubt anyone who has written a book believes that the final manuscript was the best version of the book. For every time, you look at the book, you would definitely see something to change, something to add, something to adjust.
You need to get to the point where you are comfortable enough to say, “I have done what I can with this book” and accept that yes, it is not perfect. But it would do the work for which I wrote it.
However, do not publish any book without taking the next action step.
No matter how good you think you are with paying attention to details, never publish your book without giving to an independent editor.
When you read what you wrote, you are reading with your mind and your mind already knows what you wanted to write. So, your mind would not pick some omissions or some errors.
However, when a fresh set of eyes look at your book, they are looking at it with fresh ideas and fresh opinions, so it would be easier fro them to pick out your errors. And to show you how best to structure your book.
So, after you have done your own editing, hand the book over to an editor to do the final editing.
Conclusion On How To Write A Book
Now that you understand how to write a book, you can easily go ahead and write your book.
If you encounter any challenges, feel free to ask us in the comments and we would be willing to assist you in any way that we can.
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