That’s it! You always wanted to do it! And finally, you set your mind on starting. You will be a writer. You shall write a book.
Ok. Now, how to start?
Here is a list of simplest tips on how to start writing that masterpiece that has been working its way up in your mind for ages.
- THINK BIG, BUT START SMALL.I always had this problem. My mind bursts in creative energy, I want it all! So I over-reach. Me as a writer would probably write 1000 first day, then 700 the next day then drop to 100 the day after. On the forth day I would write nothing!
300 words per day is plenty. John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer. He got up early every morning and wrote one page. You can do the same.
2. MAKE AN OUTLINE!
Write up a table of contents to guide you. Then break up each chapter into a few sections. Think of your book in terms of beginning, middle, and end. That is enough, don’t make it too complicated.
3. HAVE A SET TIME TO WRITE EVERY DAY.
Now, this one is important. And this one is hard. I worked as a freelancer from home for years now! It is not easy to resist that urge to use time for something else than work. And you wont be equally motivated to write each day.
Still, making a habit of writing every day (of course, you can schedule couple of days off per week!) will help you reach those writing goals like nothing else! Don’t let yourself off the hook.
4. CHOOSE A PLACE TO WRITE.
This needs to be different from where you do other activities. Create a special writing nook at home, a place without many distractions. If home is too small, or crowded, choose a library that offers peace and privacy, or a nice caffè.
The idea is to make this a special space so that when you enter it, you’re ready to work on your project.
Also, you don’t want to mix leisure space with working space. Trust me on that one.
5. GIVE YOURSELF DEADLINES.
Weekly deadlines would be the best. Deadlines could be measured with word count, percentages, or whatever suits you the best. Important thing is to aim at a number!
6. GET EARLY FEEDBACK!
I can’t emphasize this enough!
Writing is an intimate creative process, and often we don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable by exposing it before we think it’s perfect.
Still, the earlier the feedback – the easier it is to correct, switch, re-write, or even start over, if necessary. Early feedback almost always means a better book at the end!
7. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO FAIL!
Behind every story of success there is a story of perpetual failures. Embrace this fact, learn from your mistakes and aim for the sky!
Please, be patient with yourself. Even if you are not satisfied with your first book – write another! And then another! Iterate! Grow! Learn! And conquer the world. ❤