Updated: Apr 23, 2022
When I was writing my first book about being single, God wrote this message on my heart. It took me a little bit over one month to write the book, including all chapters. However, I took a few steps to complete the text in this short period. Many authors won't share this information; however, it is incredible how God helped me write this book. Now, On to the Tips!
1. Create a good outline:
"Remember when you were in school and they taught you the steps of the writing process? Brainstorming, mapping, and then writing?"
Most of what makes a great book is the process of creating an outline. In this outline, you want to include details such as the genre (are you creating a thriller, a romance novel, or something in between), the characters, whether the book will be fiction or nonfiction, and possible details about the topic. Spend as much time as possible on your outline because it will help the writing process. When I was outlining my book, I went through and planned out the table of contents and what would be in each chapter. Planning the table of contents first helped me to "see" what I wanted each chapter to cover.
2. Create a writing schedule: Once you have chosen a good topic and created an outline, it is imperative that you have a writing schedule. Some authors like to have a
An everyday writing goal where they go through and make sure to complete that. I was not too fond of that method because my life was super busy, and I knew that I could not write some days. Instead, I wrote a chapter or two chapters per day.
3. Build your life around your writing schedule: Before I wrote this book, I started five yes.. 1,2,3,4,5 manuscripts and never completed them. I would begin the book then get "too busy" to finish. Writing a book of any kind requires dedication and work. Once you build your life around your writing schedule, you may find that some of your excuses begin to fall away.
4. Ask God if you get stuck: When writing a book, the inevitable will happen. You will forget what to write, you will have writer
's block, or you will lose inspiration. When this would happen to me, I would pray and ask for wisdom on what to write, and then I would move on to the next chapter and loop back around. A lot of times, you may find that a break is all you need.
5. Build in Breaks: One of the biggest myths about writing a book in a shorter stretch of time like 30 or 60 days is that you cannot take a break.
"One of the biggest Myths about writing a book in a shorter stretch of time like 30 or 60 days is that you cannot take a break"
In reality, this cannot be farther from the truth. When I was crafting my novel, I was also working full time and going to school full time. So there would be some days where I would not be able to finish my two chapters. I would use those days to rest, and then I would write down some ideas to come back to. Then, when I sat back down to write again, I would double my usual goal for the day. Making these habits helped to take the stress away from the writing process.
6. Don't edit as you write: The most significant time hole when writing a book is perfectionism and trying to edit simultaneously. When writing a book, you take words from your imagination and craft them into a cohesive story. To do this, you have to allow your words to flow. If you hinder them every time you want to fix sentence structure or grammar errors, you will find more editing than writing. I know because I did this for the five dead, half-done manuscripts, and all it got me was wasted time.
7. Remind yourself of your deadline halfway through: The halfway point is powerful in the writing process because it is the time to examine. Are you doing well in your manuscript? Are you reaching your writing goals, or do you need more time? How are your words flowing? I recommend that even if you get behind within the 30 days, that you keep going. Sometimes at the end, you may find that you want to take the manuscript in a different direction entirely.
8. Keep taking care of yourself and your responsibilities: I have heard many stories of famous, New York Times Bestselling authors locking themselves in their basement and forgoing showering and primary self-care for months until they finish their novel. Skipping self-care might seem like a good idea. After all, you get to spend more time on writing. But not only can this be dangerous, but your creativity is bound to suffer because you know that there are other responsibilities you did not get done in your heart. For me, this meant continuing to post YouTube videos while I was writing. I did not have the hugest audience at the time, but the audience I did have was important to me. You don't have to sacrifice everything to write a good book.
9. Visualize what it will be like when you finally finish your manuscript: One of the most significant issues I had was that I would not have any inspiration. However, visualization was what kept me going. I would often watch YouTube videos about people who saw their books in stores for the first time. Or about people who created eBooks. This helped me when I was tired of writing and feeling down about my writing. As you write, lean on your inspiration and visualization to finish.
10. Know that no matter what, your first draft will suck: At the end of 30 days, I hope you have a draft. But I should tell you, your first draft sucks. But, the good thing is that there are things that you can do about that.
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