Writing is an extreme privilege only a few leverage. It is well said by Beverly Clearly “If you don’t find the book you want on the shelf, write it”.
To write a book may sound a difficult, grueling and a hard task. To spend those endless hours brainstorming, writing, drafting, editing, re-writing, editing, re-drafting, cut and re-write, research and then re-write. To transform the idea or your deep buried story in to words can be a tough thing to do and may sound an impossible task.
We occasionally hear people talking about their plans on penning down a book on their ideas and feelings but not many succeed. There could be many reasons why people get disheartened and either never start writing or stop midway.
Yes it takes a lot of efforts to write a book. It does take uninterrupted focus, tiring hours, in-depth research and a lot of perseverance to make that beautiful collection with every thoughtful word written from your heart and mind. You may find a lot of obstacles and dead ends however; if you are planned with well-researched homework then it may not be a difficult task.
Before you start writing it is crucial to prepare yourself with all the essential material and strategy. If your preparation and research is done well then writing would be much easier and fluent.
Remember, the depth is where the gold is buried. Here are few tips on how to prepare before you start your beautiful book.
Firstly, if you are a first time writer we recommend you to practice writing or it may get challenging to have the right flow of words. Practicing to write can help tackle this problem. Try your hands on writing blogs, newsletters, articles, poems or short stories. A book would normally vary from 20,000-50,000 words. Having hands on short stories of around 1000 words helps greatly before you begin this journey.
If needed take up an online course on creative writing or book writing. This would give a fair idea on all the steps and vulnerabilities which goes in the making of a book.
Have an idea and choose your topic. This is the most important element in the making of a great book. Having a clear vision on what you want to write would decide the entire plot. You could have a couple of ideas in mind. While choosing the right one, consider which topic you could relate the most and articulate the best.
Detailed research and study is the foundation of making a good book. This gives you enough data, thought provoking ideas and brainstorming concepts to include in your book. Collect materials from articles, interviews, reference books, renowned quotes and compile your research data.
Know the audience that you want to target. This would greatly help you in drafting the rough sketch and furthermore to use the language and illustrations you would like to adopt. For eg- writing for children would need a much simpler language than writing on non-fictional or an educational books. Also, fiction books would involve a much dreamier flow than a book on research or self-help topics.
Create a Synopsis to outline the path you want your story to go through. This may involve a rough outline of the plot, characters or even the content. Remember, to keep this open to any change as the story grows however having a plot in mind helps to make the beginning. Writing is like driving at night in the fog with your headlights on. You can see what’s coming next as you keep going by keeping your mind open and active.
Identify or find your inspiration. This may sound not so relevant but yes it can create the magic in your words and writing. Having an inspiration has always been a driving force behind any achievement. It empowers us to recognize the unspoken and untouched emotions, aspirations and dreams. And this is exactly what you would need to put through in words for your readers.
Other things to keep in mind are, finding the right spot where you can write every day, making a schedule for yourself, choosing your writing material (computer or a pen and paper) and recognizing the need of having regular breaks.
Lastly, be prepared for success and otherwise. Do not be discouraged if your books don’t sell. Having a preconditioned mindset to achieve wonders with the first book may only create resentment and de-motivation. Remember, the most of the successful and established author have had their own share of disappointments and nameless phases.
Don’t catch a small fish because you have a small frying pan. Follow your passion and put in those amazing and creative thoughts into words. It can change the world!