Sunday, May 20, 2018

Before Your Write-THINK!

Anyone who has ever written a book—or attempted to write a book but never finished—knows how difficult it is to write the first word. However, once you get started, the words will flow. But the question is: How do you get started? 

The best way to get started is not writing, but thinking about writing. Writing your thoughts down will go a long way in helping you with the actual writing of your book. Here are 5 tips for you to think about to help you get started:

1. Think about what topics you know best. What’s your passion? Are you an expert in a specific niche? For example, if you are a master gardener, think about writing a “how to” book for the beginning gardener. Writing what you know isn’t difficult when you’re familiar with the subject.

2. Think about writing an outline for your book. Writing the outline before your actually write your manuscript helps you to plan and organize your content. It also helps you to streamline the writing process. 

3. Think about researching your subject. Read books related to your topic, conduct interviews with individuals knowledgeable about your topic, search the Internet. The more information you have, the more confident you will feel writing about your topic.

4.Think about your characters. If you’re writing a fiction book, how many characters do you plan to have? Who are they and how do you plan to develop them? If you’re writing non-fiction, who will you include in your book? Will you include reports, studies, or quotes, anecdotes, or stories about others? It’s always good to mention other individuals in a non-fiction book other than yourself. 

5. Think about having your manuscript edited. When you’ve completed your first or second draft (and that’s exactly what it is until the editing begins), hire a professional editor to proofread and edit your manuscript. While it’s tempting to save money by having your family or friends proofread your manuscript, a professional editor can help you resolve problems and improve your work. There are affordable editors out there. Keep looking until you find one you will be willing to work within your budget. 

After giving this process careful thought, the excitement and motivation should come to actually start writing your book. 

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