Thanks Chandler! This is great post, I have bookmarked this blog so that I can come often to consume your new post. The Book Launch Audio opened my eyes to the world of self publishing. Thanks Chandler for the great work. Cant wait to see how to promote your books to get them to hit bestseller list.
Chandler offers truly sound advice! His methods for writing are proven effective — even for me, who is a writer by nature! I can proudly say I am on my way to completing my first book thanks to Chandler! This article sums up The SPS method of writing a book really well. I am a student of this program and published my 1 best seller and Hot New Release in 2 months.
I am already writing my second book NOW. Chandler and his crew are the best. This article generously gives you the information needed to get going but if you want to learn more check out his free video training and then sign up with SPS. I love this process so much!
I have fallen victim to all of these excuses but with this framework I am finally plugging away at my first book! I try to get words the first thing I do every day. Fiction is a beast of story structure, character, POV and rising action that I struggle with but in the best possible way.
I am staking everything on it, there is no round 2, one way or the the other I have to finish this be it in the form of a book, short story or something else completely. Thanks Chandler, this was just the inspiration I needed to get me going again. I must admit I have been procrastinating over research. This has been a real trap and I have found myself looking for more and more material, which has really been me lacking the confidence to move foreword. I set a goal of how much writing to get done: finish a chapter, flesh out an idea, start a new section I never use word count as a goal.
Then I turn over the hourglass and start writing. Since all i see is sand falling, I do not know if I have 10 minutes left or 15 or 5 I just know there is time left, so I keep writing. Ideas flow quickly when I have a visual to look at. And more often than not, after I have managed to get a few paragraphs out of me, I now have the words that eluded me a few minutes earlier. I set the image and short story aside and get back to writing I needed to be doing but could not find the words.
Thank you, Chandler, for this new blog! Yours is always great stuff! Keep it up and thanks again! Thank you for doing this. It is going to be very helpful for a number of people. Wonderful idea and excellent execution. Great first post and I look forward to many more. Working on my book now. Always looking to glean new info to help me with writing. Thanks for sharing! Thank you! Great to read this content about writing your first book! Chandler, Thanks for sharing the information.
Lots of good and beneficial tips. Like the presentation of strategies and action steps to get my butt in gear! Thanks again. Thank you lots of good sense. Thanks for the valuable encouraging information. I hope to apply them in different phases of my writing. Thank you for this first blog post Chandler! Great information and ideas. I need to organize them. I think this might help me to get going i look forward to more blog posts and am enjoying reading other comments!!
Wish I had this info prior. Using your strategies I am working towards a relaunch. Trying to build a launch team, as you suggest, to help with that. If I had used that with the first book it probably would not have taken nearly as long to write it. It was however a wonderful learning process. Latly thank you for setting up this blog, I believe it will be a very valuable tool for myself and many others.
A great start to what is destined to be a great BLOG! I love the sticky note strategy. I use index cards because they are thicker. I travel a ton for work and I need something that will hold up. They have a lot of plot description, but also the freedom of those one liners we used to get in high school. Had she known blowing out the candle would lead to prison, she would have…. Love the advice and am looking forward to reading more.
Very happy to have found you just the other day. A great blog. I have lots to write and plenty of reasons not to. Your words are helping me get back on the writing train. Do you have any ideas? Shall have to come back here often when I start working on my next book. Hi Chandler, Thanks man!!! For sharing your experience and knowledge with us. I just started to write me first book 1 week ago when I finished your book. You handled all my barriers which stopped me to start to write a book.
Finally I just started and forget I am not a native english guy…. Thats amazing!!! I would like to announce that my first book will be released in early June. Thanks Chandler for sharing! You are so kind, continue to be bless and the blessing that you are.
I have to push pass this writers block. Thanks for sharing this information! I certainly appreciate it and found it very useful! It is my dream to write a book and you encouraged me. Looking forward to getting started soon! Awesome stuff, Chandler! As an SPS grad with a 1 best seller, I highly recommend following this process. It can be done, and it can be done really well!
Thank you for sharing this encouraging and helpful blog. What a great first post, Chandler. Congrats on your new blog. I self-published two books recently but I am finding it hard selling them. Well, I think you are yet to talk on that. These ideas and concepts are used for both fiction and non-fiction writing.
We have groups of fiction writers who have enrolled with us or followd our advice and were able to make a good book. There are countless ways to help you get inspired to write. Yours is very useful. I know some writers who have done something similar.
Keep it up! This is great Chandler! Create your writing routine and stick to it! Chandler, thank you for all your mails, posts and updates! Really great stuff, that seems really honest and convincing to me! I like your sticky notes proposal as an alternative to mind mapping and outlining.
I personally had big problems to map from the mind map to the outline. Basically, this is similar to your sticky notes method, which is of course, much better and more effective.. But, collecting your ideas on sticky notes and placing them, possibly discussing them with a trustful person, and such creating a mind map or an outline is just a phantastic idea!
Also, speaker and transcription method have got their charm. In my business practice as IT consultant, btw , I became familiar with lots of product development models. I observe many times, that engineers tend to over… missing the right word for it, what I mean is: to think too much in betonized strict rules that have to be obeyed and followed, instead of focussing on the output, and not on the academic rules….
I personally prefer the XP idea to check every day, every week, every month, well, basically all the time: is that, what I am doing the right way to do it? As architects oder industrial designers do so often… they paved all walls and floors with sketches, outlines, drawings..
Thank you Chandler! Your tips and strategies have inspired me to write my first book and will be published at the end of this month. With your guidance I was able to go from idea to publishing in 4 months! Your tips and strategies have inspired me to write my first book!
With your guidance I was able to go from idea to publishing in 4 month! Thanks Dale! Have you signed up for the free video training series? That can definitely help as you work on your book. Did you check out this post? You might want to check out this post and consider re-launching your book.
Yes I have and watched the first video yesterday. Very well done. Baptism by fire has always been the way I learn best. Loved your book! It has helped and guided me in the right direction while I am writing my first book. Hoping to have it out this summer! Chandler I will forever be grateful to you for motivating me with your free video training and book, unfortunately I did not have the funds to attend Self Publishing School. I would have signed up in a minute. I have used the information provided and put it to good use.
I have been keeping track of you and am very happy you will be blogging. It required a Flight for Life. It also records my life before and after. It will also have a workbook to assist others. My obsession with the book is to give hope and help to others so they will not have to take a Flight for Life.
I am the living proof that a person can beat the health problems for their poor decisions and enjoy watching their loved ones grow old. The security of having a passive income is appealing as well. Chandler, I love your blog! So much information and help here, you may really make an author of me after all!
You have written quite an interesting book. High five to you and your book! We are excited to see your stuff as much as you are. Here is a quick guide on marketing from our blog to help you on your way. Hi Chandler, this is a really good piece. Packed with words of wisdom for how to get going.
Great article Chandler — you touched on all the major obstacles and what to do about them. Thanks for the encouragement. I have been listening to you podcast. I just finished writing and sent it off for the final edit. Now to market. Any insight would be great. I am working on my webpage now and hope that is done this week.
This is a really helpful blog post and gives all the steps you need to get a book written. I had attempted to write a book so many times before this, but this time I followed through. My book became a 1 best-seller in 3 categories and I had reviews the day that I launched. Now I share this blog post with my clients who want to write a book. This is a really great strategic method. I think sometimes creatives can get lost in creating and neglect systems.
What an epic post, Chandler! Great post. Sorry I have no clue when but with these tips I just read it would be silly not to start tomorrow after work. Thanks again Chand. Chandler, I continue to be blown away by your writing and success. However, it was a very untraditional book so writing it was different, but I have other books I want to write and will be incorporating your methods to those books. My next books I will write… one will be about being single, but still living and loving life.
And another book I will write will be co-written with a friend… what we wish we would have known as a teenager. I am always moved by your posts Chandler. They inspire me and prove to me that i can also write a book. I began writing my book two days ago. I AM sure i will complete. I will always be here for your inspiration. This is a excellent blog, would you be involved in doing an interview about just how you designed it? If so e-mail me!
I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site. Visit Our Site At: ana. You may use these HTML tags and attributes:. FREE Training. Book Outline Template. Author Help Center. Skip to content. Pin Table of Contents show. How to Write a Book Despite Procrastination. Phase 1: Think Like a Writer. Excuse 3 — Good writers spend all their free time reading. Excuse 5 — Your first draft must be flawless. Choose the time of day you plan to write.
Set a deadline for writing your book. Valuable Asset Alert!! Step 4: Create Your Writing Space. Google Docs. Phase 3: Actually Write Your Book. Take a Reader-Centric Perspective. Step Write One Chapter at a Time. Phase 5: Launch Your Book Successfully. Step Format Your Book Properly.
Step Get A Good Cover. Step Build a Launch Team. Step Get Ongoing Reviews. Using An Extended Metaphor Effectively. Comments From The Community. What is Self-Publishing School? Hahna Kane says: March 9, at pm. Emily Rose says: March 9, at pm.
Felix Agalaba says: March 9, at pm. This look great. Good job Chandler and team for putting this together! Diana Fitts says: March 9, at pm. Margherita Crystal Lotus says: March 9, at pm. Laura - Relatively Offbeat says: March 9, at pm. Gbenga Akinwole says: March 9, at pm. Lynn Severance says: March 9, at pm. Laura says: March 9, at pm. Molly Harris says: March 9, at pm. ChicMom says: March 9, at pm. Wendy Van de Poll says: March 9, at pm. James Heiney says: March 9, at pm.
Kyle Gray says: March 9, at pm. No excuses! Kay Dewar says: March 10, at am. Cathy Peper says: March 10, at am. Love the new blog. I especially liked the section on answers to common problems. Great advice. Jennifer B says: March 10, at am.
Brandon Callor says: March 10, at am. This will be fun. Vas Neo says: March 10, at am. This is pretty specific description of the whole process. Calcasieu Parish says: March 10, at am. Lisa Hunt says: March 10, at am. Dale East says: March 10, at am.
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Wendy Smith says: March 10, at am. Thank You Very Good Information. Will Help me alot. Mike Shelley says: March 10, at am. Carola says: March 10, at pm. Bronwen says: March 10, at pm. Wasi Ahmed says: March 10, at pm. Bob Speakman says: March 10, at pm. Dennis Inyang-Mbekwe says: March 10, at pm.
Sandie Noel says: March 10, at pm. Cindy Alvey Stagg says: March 10, at pm. Laurie Zolas says: March 10, at pm. Heaven is Smiling Above says: March 10, at pm. Dave McCauslin says: March 10, at pm. Great post! So the book is done… How does one begin the process of self publishing?
Rose Snow says: March 10, at pm. Thanks Chandler, it all makes sense. Am going to brain storm tomorrow. David Bokolo says: March 10, at pm. SPS Team says: March 10, at pm. Just keep on writing. SPS Team says: March 11, at am. CharleneB says: March 11, at am. Great job on the Launch Article post Chandler! This is a much welcomed Blog for Aspiring Writers and those who love inspirational communities.
Thanks for making SPS happen. Jan Duncan Stenberg says: March 11, at am. Thanks so much. Great tips. I feel empowered to get my book done. Love your blog! Julien Breteau says: March 11, at am. You have to practice, which means you have to keep writing. Every writer started somewhere, and most of them started by squeezing their writing into the cracks of their daily lives.
The ones who make it are the ones who show up day after day. You can do the same. Every year, millions of books go unfinished. Books that could have helped people, brought beauty or wisdom into the world. But they never came to be. And in one way or another, the reason is always the same: the author quit. Maybe you've dealt with this. You started writing a book but never completed it.
You got stuck and didn't know how to finish. Or you completed your manuscript but didn't know what to do after. Worse yet, you wrote a book, but nobody cared about it. Nobody bought or read it. In fact, the first couple books I wrote didn't do that well at all — even with a traditional publisher.
It took me years to learn this, but here's what nobody ever told me:. What I mean by that is so many writers sit down to write their masterpiece, assuming that's all there is to it. Just sit down and write. But as I've studied the world's most gifted and successful authors, I've noticed this is not what the masters do. They are far more intentional than simply sitting and letting the words flow. Every great writer needs a system they can trust. You and I are no different.
But an author's system for how they produce bestselling book after bestselling book is not always the easiest thing to access. So, as a matter of survival, I've had to figure it out for myself and create a clear book-writing framework that works. This is the part that I never learned in any English class. Producing work that sells is not just about writing what you think is good. It's about finding an idea that will both excite you and excite an audience.
It's about being intentional and thinking through the whole process while having proper accountability to keep you going. In other words, the writing process matters. It matters a lot. You have to not only finish your book but write one worthy of being sold. And if you want to maximize your chances of finishing your book, you need a proven plan. Writing books has changed my life.
It helped me clarify my thinking, find my calling as an author, and has provided endless opportunities to make an impact on the world and a living for my family. If you're serious about doing the same, click here to get my free guide on how to write a book.
If you need some help staying motivated, here are another 10 tips to help you keep going in the process:. Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle Singles, Wattpad, or sharing with your email list subscribers. The idea of writing a page masterpiece can be paralyzing. Instead, write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small. Getting feedback early and often helps break up the overwhelm. Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it to write your book a chapter or scene at a time.
Then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book. This is a little different than traditional blogging, but the same concepts apply. We created a free tool to help you know when your blog posts are ready to publish.
Check out Don't Hit Publish. You need it in order to keep fresh ideas flowing. I use Evernote , but use a system that works for you. Then, rewrite the entries in a much more polished book format, but use some photocopies or scans of the journal pages as illustrations in the book. The truth is: inspiration is merely a byproduct of your hard work.
Instead, plan for breaks ahead of time so you stay fresh: minute breaks, hour breaks, or even multiple day breaks. Try tools like Bear or Scrivener to let you write in a totally distraction-free environment. A coffee shop or library where people are actually working and not just socializing can help. Instead, write without judgment first, then go back and edit later.
Click here to download a complete reference guide of all these writing tips. What do you want to write a book about? What is your best writing advice? Share in the comments. There is no one I know The act of finding the deeper part of you that never fades may be the most important task of your life.
It is certainly the best place from which to create. How to really write a book In this post, I'll teach you the fundamental steps you need to write a book. It happens in three phases: Beginning : You have to start writing. This sounds obvious, but it may be the most overlooked step in the process. Staying motivated : Once you start writing, you will face self-doubt and overwhelm and a hundred other adversaries. Finishing : Nobody cares about the book that you almost wrote.
We want to read the one you actually finished, which means no matter what, the thing that makes you a writer is your ability not to start a project, but to complete one. Phase 1: Getting started We all have to start somewhere. With writing a book, the first phase is made up of four parts: 1.
Decide what the book is about Good writing is always about something. Set a daily word count goal John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer and new dad — in other words, he was really busy. Set a time to work on your book every day Consistency makes creativity easier.
Phase 2: Doing the work Now, it's time to get down to business. Here, we are going to focus on the next three tips to help you get the book done: 5. Set a total word count Begin with the end in mind. The Communist Manifesto is an example of this, at about 18, words. The Great Gatsby is an example of this. Most Malcolm Gladwell books fit in this range. The Four-Hour Work Week falls in this range. The Steve Jobs biography would fit this category.
Give yourself weekly deadlines You need a weekly goal.
This is the only way I ever get any work done: with a deadline. These can be friends, editors, family. How do you know when you're done? Short answer: you don't. Not really. So here's what you do to end this book-writing process well:. No matter what, finish the book.
Set a deadline or have one set for you. Then release it to the world. Send it to the publisher, release it on Amazon, do whatever you need to do to get it in front of people. The worst thing would be for you to quit once this thing is written.
As you approach the end of this project, know that this will be hard and you will most certainly mess up. Just be okay with failing, and give yourself grace. Most authors are embarrassed by their first book. I certainly was. But without that first book, you will never learn the lessons you might otherwise miss out on. So, put your work out there, fail early, and try again. This is the only way you get better. You have to practice, which means you have to keep writing.
Every writer started somewhere, and most of them started by squeezing their writing into the cracks of their daily lives. The ones who make it are the ones who show up day after day. You can do the same. Every year, millions of books go unfinished. Books that could have helped people, brought beauty or wisdom into the world. But they never came to be.
And in one way or another, the reason is always the same: the author quit. Maybe you've dealt with this. You started writing a book but never completed it. You got stuck and didn't know how to finish. Or you completed your manuscript but didn't know what to do after. Worse yet, you wrote a book, but nobody cared about it. Nobody bought or read it. In fact, the first couple books I wrote didn't do that well at all — even with a traditional publisher. It took me years to learn this, but here's what nobody ever told me:.
What I mean by that is so many writers sit down to write their masterpiece, assuming that's all there is to it. Just sit down and write. But as I've studied the world's most gifted and successful authors, I've noticed this is not what the masters do. They are far more intentional than simply sitting and letting the words flow. Every great writer needs a system they can trust. You and I are no different. But an author's system for how they produce bestselling book after bestselling book is not always the easiest thing to access.
So, as a matter of survival, I've had to figure it out for myself and create a clear book-writing framework that works. This is the part that I never learned in any English class. Producing work that sells is not just about writing what you think is good.
It's about finding an idea that will both excite you and excite an audience. It's about being intentional and thinking through the whole process while having proper accountability to keep you going. In other words, the writing process matters. It matters a lot. You have to not only finish your book but write one worthy of being sold. And if you want to maximize your chances of finishing your book, you need a proven plan.
Writing books has changed my life. It helped me clarify my thinking, find my calling as an author, and has provided endless opportunities to make an impact on the world and a living for my family. If you're serious about doing the same, click here to get my free guide on how to write a book. If you need some help staying motivated, here are another 10 tips to help you keep going in the process:.
Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle Singles, Wattpad, or sharing with your email list subscribers. The idea of writing a page masterpiece can be paralyzing. Instead, write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small. Getting feedback early and often helps break up the overwhelm. Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it to write your book a chapter or scene at a time.
Then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book. This is a little different than traditional blogging, but the same concepts apply. We created a free tool to help you know when your blog posts are ready to publish. Check out Don't Hit Publish.
You need it in order to keep fresh ideas flowing. I use Evernote , but use a system that works for you. Then, rewrite the entries in a much more polished book format, but use some photocopies or scans of the journal pages as illustrations in the book. The truth is: inspiration is merely a byproduct of your hard work. Instead, plan for breaks ahead of time so you stay fresh: minute breaks, hour breaks, or even multiple day breaks.
Try tools like Bear or Scrivener to let you write in a totally distraction-free environment. A coffee shop or library where people are actually working and not just socializing can help. Instead, write without judgment first, then go back and edit later.
Click here to download a complete reference guide of all these writing tips. What do you want to write a book about? What is your best writing advice? Share in the comments. There is no one I know The act of finding the deeper part of you that never fades may be the most important task of your life.
It is certainly the best place from which to create. How to really write a book In this post, I'll teach you the fundamental steps you need to write a book. It happens in three phases: Beginning : You have to start writing. Learning how to write a book for the first time is a challenge, but you can easily become an author. In this article, I offer a step-by-step process for writing your first book faster. Over the past few years, I wrote a three-part series of books about writing called Become a Writer Today.
I also published The Power of Creativity, a novella and several short stories. In this guide, I'll explain exactly how to write a book based on my experiences and lessons from talking to other authors on the Become a Writer Today podcast. I'll also reveal some of my mistakes and offer proven book writing tips. My speciality is nonfiction book writing. That said, you can apply some of the lessons from this guide to fiction too. Book writing, like any skill, takes time to develop.
You need to learn skills like writing the first draft, self-editing, arranging your ideas and so on. Your strengths and weaknesses, life experiences and even the books you read play a crucial role in shaping the author you will become. Stephen King threw the draft of his first book in the bin. His wife fished the book, Carrie, out of the trash and encouraged him to finish and publish it. It took me three years to write my first novella and a year to write my second book.
Tip: Blogging and journaling are great ways to practice writing and explore ideas for a nonfiction book. Do you have a dedicated place in your house to cook? Or perhaps you have a large couch in front of your television? The same is true for writing. Create a dedicated writing space where you can work on your first draft without interruption. Ideally, your space will be sparse and devoid of distractions.
You could put inspirational posters on the wall or look out onto your garden. Conversely, many successful authors prefer working while facing the wall because the outside is distracting. Poet Raymond Carver wrote many of his early poems in his car. You could also listen to some soft, soothing music in this space to get you in the groove. When working, I like listening to rainfall on repeat using noise-cancelling headphones.
Remember, a perfect writing atmosphere varies from one author to another. Tip: You could also go to a library or coffee shop each day. The poet Raymond Carver wrote many of his early poems in his car. Most people forget to mention how lonely the writing process feels. Authors spend hours researching, revising and sitting alone in a room with only words and ideas for company. One new writer struggling with his book emailed me to say:. Handling isolation and staying motivated is easier if you know why you're writing a book in the first place.
Here are some questions to ask:. Tip: Keep your list of reasons alongside your book notes so you can review it regularly. Writing a book is a time-consuming creative project that demands months or even years of time. Ask yourself if you have the mental resources, creative energy and time to do it.
You must write every day and sacrifice other pursuits or rearrange your day so you can put writing a book first. Stick to your commitment when the writing feels more like work and less like a passion, even when you don't feel inspired. You must become a professional who finishes writing. Tip: Commit to working on your book every day by writing in the same place at the same time, either early in the morning or late at night.
A reader buys a book because they want to be informed, inspired educated or entertained. Connecting with your intended audience is critical when you want to publish your manuscript. You must cater to a certain demographic, so having a clear idea about your intended audience can go a long way in shaping your book. For instance, J. Rowling wrote her Harry Potter books primarily targeting teenagers and young adults reading for pleasure.
Her books catered to a universal audience and became a cult phenomenon due to her magical storytelling abilities. Always keep your intended audience in mind and consider how they might feel or react to your book. If you want to entertain, educate or inform readers, you must offer something no one else can.
Tip: If you're writing nonfiction, consider surveying someone who represents your ideal reader or interviewing them. As a savvy writer, your job is to find out your audience's wants, likes and dislikes. Spend an hour or two browsing Amazon and finding Kindle books about your topic. Look for books in your niche with a sales ranking below 30, in the Kindle store.
Read at least the top ten books in your niche, taking note of the titles, categories and ideas behind each book. Study both good and bad reviews for these books to see what readers like and dislike and how you can improve. An author can also easily combine several ideas from various books and remix the information with their writing. Robert Greene, author of Mastery and The 48 Laws of Power, said he reads books over the months before starting a project.
He uses a flashcard analogue system to record lessons and stories. In a Reddit AMA, he said,. Tip: Learning how to analyze a book is a great way of understanding the conventions of that genre. If you're writing nonfiction, readers expect accuracy and research. If you're writing fiction, and your story takes place in real-world locations, details matter. Every good author has a system for arranging ideas for their current and future books.
The main lesson is to have some sort of system for storing and arranging each book idea in one place. Tip: Review your Kindle notes from other books at least once a week. Get a blank piece of paper and spend an hour asking and answering questions like:. Nobody has to read your answers, so be honest. They'll help you write a more concise first draft.
Free writing can help with this step too. Doing this extra work upfront will help you avoid spending hours writing, only to find later you hate your idea. Tip: Road test positioning statements by writing and publishing short articles related to that topic on popular blogs and other writing platforms like Medium. Pantsers are writers who sit down in front of the blank page with only a vague idea of where they are going or what the story is about.
They write from the seat of their pants, inventing things as they go along, and are happy to see where their characters take them. They write with a connection to God, their muse or their subconscious. Plotters spend weeks or months planning their book ideas. They decide what they want to write about in advance. They also have a clear view of their story before they begin.
To start, you just need patience and the ability to write clearly. Tip: Identify a subject or an area of expertise about which you can write at length and let your imagination soar. Freewriting is one way to explore your interests before planning or starting a book. Years ago, part of my job as a journalist involved interviewing politicians, business people and even authors. The interviews that caused me the most problems were more than 60 minutes long because they took hours to transcribe.
Interviews can help you research a nonfiction book faster and add credibility to your work. Tip: You can save a lot of time by getting your interviews transcribed for a dollar a minute using Rev. In other words, research forms the backbone of what he writes. Consider a typical Frederick Forsyth novel, the english novelist of books like The Jackal. He dedicates entire chapters to describing the origins and operations of an intelligence agency.
This process indicates in-depth research. Your book might not depend on so much research upfront. Remember, research can turn into a form of procrastination. Tip: You can always fix gaps during the editing process. Or you might want to tell a personal story or offer a guide to a complex topic like teaching science to kids.
Your job will feel a lot easier if you get yourself a chainsaw. For authors, that chainsaw is the controlling idea behind their book. Your thesis statement will help you assess whether each chapter achieves its purpose during the editing process. It will help you build your book on a firm foundation. Tip: Consider two to three books from your preferred genre. Use the back jacket copy or book blurb to extract their controlling ideas. For outlining, consider using an app like Dynalist or creating a mind map.
Scrivener is my preferred choice for long-form writing as it's easy to drag and drop book chapters. Ulysses is another good choice. Then I use Vellum for laying out final drafts and self-publishing. I also recommend using a plagiarism checker like Grammarly or ProWritingAid to check your nonfiction works for inadvertent mistakes. Tip: Check out our guide to the best book writing apps. Outlining a book is an ideal approach for most nonfiction authors and plotters.
You can create an outline using an index card or dedicated software like Dynalist or MindMeister. Write an outline to help guide you in the right direction, making sure your chapters follow a logical progression. When you write an outline, all you are doing is creating a blueprint that you can use as a reference.
Tip: Create an outline based around the three-act structure. Book writing apps like Living Writer include this. Achieving that level of endurance requires many sessions to build the discipline and strength to finish a marathon. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of you? Break your work down into smaller milestones that you tackle one by one.
Books are made up of chapters, sections, paragraphs and sentences. Today, write a few paragraphs about a single idea or piece of research for your nonfiction book. Tomorrow, write about another idea. As long as you move forward with your first draft each day, you will reach the end of your first draft.
Tip: Use the Pomodoro Technique to manage your writing sessions. Instead, aim to write five or six days every week. Cultivating a writing habit becomes crucial when you reach this juncture. A good writing habit ensures that you set aside time each day for creative work. Writing the first draft of a book is intimidating. Instead, find somewhere you can write quietly for an hour and do all you can to get the words out of your head and onto the blank page.
The first draft is sometimes called the vomit draft Eww! The first draft is also a time when you can nurture and develop your writing habit. I find it helpful to set a target word count for my writing sessions. I usually aim to write 1, words in an hour, set a timer and open Scrivener. Don't want to use Scrivener? Check out our guide to the best book writing software. Then I keep my fingers moving until I reach the target word count or until the buzzer sounds.
Tip: Speech to text software will help you write a first draft faster. A rough draft, like the name suggests, includes flaws. As long as you have a skeleton idea that you can refine and rework, your rough draft is a success.
Your story needs a good beginning, a juicy middle portion and a cracker of an ending. Jumping straight into the middle of a chapter will help you gain momentum faster. Maybe your main character finds out about a secret that will change the course of the story.
Anywhere between 10 and 30 hours of your time, depending on the revisions required is realistic. There's a lot of trial and error. That's when our authors finally get professional feedback on their book. Ghost writing skips that entire process. Most people assume that ghost writing is expensive.
How much does a ghost writer cost? That said, there is a wide range of rates, both published and unpublished. Rates range from much lower on freelance marketplaces to much higher for high-profile, celebrity writers. They can charge well into the multiple six-figures. You can learn more about the general costs of self-publishing here. When you pay a ghost writer, you often pay a large sum with no idea what the result might be.
Find a good ghost writer and you might end up with a fantastic book delivered on time. If not, you may pay a lot for a book that runs over time throwing off your schedule , or that is sub-par. You can mitigate this risk by finding the right ghost writer. I always tell our ghost writing clients that they will need to be available to work on the book throughout the process. This may be for interviews at the beginning, answering questions throughout, or reviewing and providing feedback on drafts.
And time frames can blow out as we wait for feedback. The ghost writing process and fee only covers the writing of your book. There are a number of common worries and concerns that come up when clients enquire about ghost writing services. Not all of them mean that you need a ghost writer. Some concerns can be addressed by working with a writing coach.
Others can even be addressed by working with a good structural editor. This is the most common concern I hear. In fact, my team and I have worked with over aspiring authors and only three of them had a professional writing background! My Book Blueprint process streamlines the process by helping you create a blueprint so detailed your book will write itself — in fact, I used this framework to write my book in three days! Start getting up an hour earlier to write, or take off a couple of weeks in a cabin in the woods to start writing.
In short, being short on time and not being a natural writer are not necessarily reasons to hire a ghost writer. They may just be reasons to get a bit of extra support around the writing process, such as a coach, a great editor or even a writing framework you can use, but a ghost writer is optional.
Then learn how to choose the right one with our top five questions to find the right match for your book. Very helpful. Do you recommend fivr? I was wondering how much such a session with a book coach would cost? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The book coach question is a bit difficult, as it varies widely from coach to coach, and there are so many options available one-off sessions, coaching as part of a larger package, etc.
This article is pretty accurate, as far as information goes. I am a ghostwriter, so I may be able to offer some advice here. Be smart about the samples you ask for. You will be working closely with your ghostwriter, so you want to make sure your work styles mesh well. I found misspelled words in your add.
Thanks for helping me rule you out. While we do work in US English when our authors request it, our blog posts are usually in Aussie English. Hi Sandra, the easiest way is to head to our contact page — there you can email us and book a time to chat.
Hello Jacqui, I was wondering what you would think the cost would be in the U. S to use a ghostwriter. I am not very good at writing but have a book i would like to write and it is based mostly on true events. I thought because they are true events it would be easy to just write the stories the way they happened. The way i want it structured actually works very well for a continuation to the movie End of Watch.
I have a very difficult time having 2 stories come together as one. Jacqui, sorry i forgot to mention because i am very much a beginner at writing it seems my brain moves faster than what i want to say on paper. I was wondering on writing events based on true stories what are the legalities behind it. Some of the people that i was to write about were killed in combat and one was killed in a shootout by police during a Bonnie and Clyde crime spree type of story.
I was involved in all those stories but i am concerned about using real names and that sort of thing. Thanks for your comments. It can also vary by where you choose to publish, so it would be best to start by reaching out to a lawyer who works within the market where you plan to release your book. As a general rule, though, I would approach those who might be affected by the book — the friends and families of those you plan to write about — to discuss your plans.
If your intentions are good, that should go a long way to getting their buy in. If they are comfortable with you writing about their loved ones, I would get an agreement drafted for them to sign that prevents them from taking legal action against you in future in relation to the book.
Good morning, you should read 2 in the downs sides. Just looking out for you. All the best! Thanks for the great article. I am terrible at putting thoughts into words. But as any author who's done NaNo can attest, it's also a pretty grueling experience. Most authors find it exhausting to write such great quantities for so many days in a row — and they still have to edit copiously once they're done. If this is your first book, make sure you take your time, set manageable word goals, and gradually build to bigger goals Having a healthy writing routine is the only way you'll actually hit those word count goals — not to mention it fosters a better relationship with writing overall!
To establish a healthy routine, ask yourself these baseline questions first:. The best way to set up your routine is to take advantage of your pre-existing schedule and natural patterns. So for example, if you already go to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays, perhaps the best time to write would be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Or if you find yourself most creative late at night many of us do!
Ultimately, you just want a well-balanced writing routine that facilitates productivity, yet keeps you from burning out. If you find that writing for several days in a row is too much for you, space out your sessions more or try to shake things up by moving to a new writing space. If you can't keep up with your goals, it's okay to reduce them a little. Yes, writing a lot is important, but it's not more important than your mental health!
Remember that writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint, and that a consistent, healthy approach is absolutely vital. Here are some tips for making the most of your writing routine. Life happens, and sometimes you won't be able to make a planned writing session.
However, unless it's a serious emergency, you should try to get back in the saddle for your next session. Otherwise, you'll lose too much progress and feel discouraged, which typically leads to skipping even more writing sessions, and eventually giving up.
As you continue to hit your daily word count goals, you will see that your routine really works, you'll feel excited about your book and determined to maintain your routine! Hint: Some writing apps will actually let you set word count goals! Distraction is the enemy of routine, and the biggest distraction in our modern world is the Internet.
To that end, download a site-and-app blocker to use during your writing sessions so you won't be enticed by social media or adorable cat memes. We'd recommend Freedom , as you can schedule block sessions in advance and even keep track of your productivity within the app. Don't let your busy schedule stop you from becoming a writer. Learn how to build an unstoppable creative habit. Get started now.
Another major component of how to write a book is where you write, hence why it gets a separate section. If you want to complete an entire book, you absolutely must find a calm, focused space for your writing. This may be in your house, a coffee shop, a library, a co-working space — wherever you can work productively and without interruptions. It should also be a place that you can access easily and go often.
Try out different locations to see what works for you. Indeed, you may find that you like to rotate writing spaces because it keeps you energetic and your writing fresh! But wherever you go, do your best to make the space:. We've already talked about a few different pieces of software to help you with writing a book. But if you haven't found the right app or program yet, never fear — there's plenty more where those came from! Book writing software is a topic we've actually written an entire post about , but it's worth touching on a few of our favorite writing tools here:.
Scrivener is the downloadable writing software of choice for many writers, and for good reason: it has an exceptional interface and tons of useful features. You can outline chapters with its drag-and-drop system, create labels for elements you want to track, and use various templates to plan AND format your book. If you want to feel like a true professional, you can't go wrong with Scrivener — and it's even free to try for 30 days. Or if you're not much for outlines because your thoughts are all over the place, Milanote can help.
When writing, you can see all your notes at once, so you don't have to stress about forgetting things. It's a very refreshing, intuitive way approach that's worth a try for all disorganized authors. Speaking of intuitive, what's more intuitive than simply writing on a piece of paper, no distractions — just like the old days? Meet FocusWriter, which allows you to do exactly that.
The full-screen default interface is a sheet of paper on a wooden desk: no bells, no whistles, no distractions whatsoever. Seriously, this one will get you in the zone. We couldn't leave out one of the coolest word processing, editing, and formatting tools on the market!
All jokes aside, the RBE lets you cleanly format your book as you go, so you can watch it take shape in real-time. You can also add sections for front matter and back matter and invite collaborators to edit your text. Once you finish writing, you can export the files of your book.
But don't take our word for it: you can try the RBE for free right here. Sign up now and start writing your book. Learn how Reedsy can help you craft a beautiful book. Getting into the groove of writing a book can be difficult. When there are a million different things to distract and discourage you, how can you keep going with your writing routine and finish your book?
Based on ours and other writers' experience, here are a few motivational strategies for you to try:. For even more advice on how to staying motivated through the writing process, check out this Reedsy Live from author and writing coach Kevin Johns! Remember how we said you'd inevitably get stuck? Well, that's what this step is all about: what to do when you hit a wall. Whether it's a tricky plot hole, an onslaught of insecurity, or a simple lack of desire to write, all writers experience setbacks from time to time.
There are countless ways to overcome writer's block , from freewriting to working on your characters to taking a shower yes, that's a legitimate tip! However, here are some of the most effective techniques we've found:. Most of all, remember to take setbacks in stride and not let them get you down. As platitudinous as that might sound, it's true: the only thing that can stop you from writing a book is if you, well, stop writing.
So keep calm and carry on — every day brings new opportunity and you'll get through this. Ending a book is no easy task, and poor third-act plotting is one of the most common authorial pitfalls. Cough cough, Stephen King. Hopefully, you came up with a solid ending, or at least a few possibilities, back when you were outlining your book! But that won't prevent you from another ending-related peril: rushing through the ending.
The fact is, even if you've got a great ending for your book, you're going to be exhausted by the time you get there. You'll probably just want to dash it off and be done. Resist the urge to do so! Just as your readers deserve thoughtful writing and consistent pacing throughout the story, they deserve the same here, even if it's almost over.
On that note, take your time with the ending. Again, ideally, you've been building to it this whole time; if not, consider how you might go back and add some foreshadowing. Try tacking on a few different endings to see which fits best. And if you're still at a loss, see what other people say about how your book should end which segues perfectly into our next tip. You can write all day, all night, to your heart's content That's why it's crucial to request feedback on your book, starting early and from as many sources as possible.
Begin by asking your friends and fellow writers to read just a few chapters at a time. However, apply their suggestions not only to those chapters, but wherever relevant. Once your book is finished, you're ready for some more intensive feedback. Consider getting a beta reader to review your entire book and provide their thoughts. You may want to hire an editor to give you professional feedback as well. Find out about the different types of editing, and which type your book might need, in this post.
Finally, it might sound obvious, but we'll say it anyway for all you stubborn writers out there: feedback is useless if you don't actually listen to it. Separate yourself from your ego and don't take anything personally, because no one wants to offend you — they're just trying to help. So what comes next? Publishing is another rigorous process, of course. Invest in stellar cover design , study up on marketing , or start writing an irresistible query letter that will get you an offer.
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