Hello. I hope you are doing well. Today I will give you some tips on writing a book for the first time.
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Are you interested in venturing into the world of book writing? Look no further! As a published author, I will give you several tips to help you if you’re an aspiring author.
Tips on Writing a Book for the First Time
Choose a Topic for Your First Book
Of course, a topic is the basic building block of any book. Eventually, you’ll need to come up with a title, but for now, all you need is the topic you want to write about.
Next, you’ll want to come up with a list of chapter ideas for your first book. Using the process of brainstorming, ideally, you will come up with 12-20 possible chapters.
What do you do if you happen to get stuck?
If you’re having problems coming up with a list of ideas, think about some steps to get from one place to another.
If you’re writing a nonfiction book, you may have some steps to get from a problem to a solution. Each of those steps could be a chapter.
Another way of looking at it is you can get from pain to pleasure and your chapters would be the steps for doing that.
Some people would picture that as being on one side of a stream with a series of stepping stones to get across. The stepping stones would be the steps to the solution.
This may not formulate your entire book, but these steps are usually anywhere from 7 to 12 steps to get from a problem to a solution or from pain to pleasure.
If you’re writing fiction, you want steps to get from a conflict to a resolution.
Review Your Notes
After you have the steps figured out, go back and look at your first brainstorming notes and see if there are some things that don’t fit in with a particular step. Then just add them in wherever you want.
Research Your Topic
Once you have that done, you have a good start, especially if you’re writing a nonfiction book.
To have a good nonfiction book, you need to survey other books on your topic.
Go to Amazon and search for books on your topic. Look at the table of contents. You may find some things that you have left out of your original list. Be sure to look at several different books to be sure that you have a broad view of the topic in question.
If so, add them in. You want to cover the topic thoroughly.
The next step in tips on writing a book for the first time will show you how everything starts to fall into place.
Make a Plan
Once you have your list of chapter titles, it’s time to come up with a plan.
You should schedule one to three days per chapter. I like doing a chapter a day. If you do a chapter a day, working Monday through Friday, you can have the rough draft of your book completed in 4 weeks.
You’ll need to invest 75-90 minutes a day while working on that rough draft.
If you choose to only work 20-25 minutes a day, each chapter will probably take you 3 days.
The standard chapter length is between 6 and 10 pages.
What do you think is one of the most important tips for writing a book for the first time?
Time management is one of the most important tips for writing a book for the first time.
There are 2 different ways of handling time management.
The one I prefer is writing fast and furious for a specified amount of time. I like to do it in 5-minute bursts. Sometimes I do 6 minutes and sometimes I do 10.
With this method you write furiously, not stopping to edit.
When you do this, time becomes the constant, and the word count is the variable.
You will have a good book length by doing it this way.
Other people can not bear to write that way and save the editing for later. If you want to write and edit at the same time, (which bogs me down too much) you’ll have to set your daily goal as a word count goal.
In that case, the number of words will be the constant and the time will be the variable.
Either way will work. It just depends on what fits you best.
Put that into your plan.
If you write for 75-90 minutes a day or write 1,000 to 3.000 words a day, you can have the rough draft of your 200-page first book done in 20 days.
If you’re not writing that amount daily, it will take you 3 times as long to get your rough draft done. That’s still a good amount of time, though.
I hope that this has been helpful to you.
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