Do you want to know how to write a book, but you’re not sure where to start?
Wouldn’t you like to have a simple explanation of how to write a book step by step for beginners?
Then, you’ve come to right place, because I’m going to break the process down.
And, whether you want to learn how to write a book in 24 hours or 30 days, this simple writing tutorial for beginners has served me and many others well.
Have you or someone you know written a book before? If so, I’d love to hear from you, so leave your experience in the comments below with any additional questions you may have.
How I Wrote My First Book
It seems like yesterday since I wrote my first book and boy, was it my hardest effort to date. That’s strange to say considering I’ve produced over 40 different books in 7 different languages under my name alone.
Why would it have been so hard for me to produce my first book anyway? Quite frankly, it was because I had zero experience and guidance when it came to writing my own book.
All I knew was I had a book in me and wanted to get it out to the world. If I had it to do all over again, then I’d follow this simple formula for how to write a book for beginners.
How to Write a Book, Step 1: Know Your End Goal
If you have a good idea of where you’re going, then it’s much easier to work your way backward from your destination, so you can plot a course to get there more efficiently.
Key factors in knowing your destination are the length, the type or topic, the reading audience and the ultimate outcome of the book.
I know it sounds an awful lot like some self-help huggy-feely advice. But you are more likely to complete your first book if you at least have your plans mapped out.
How to Write a Book, Step 2: Draft a Basic Outline
What can the readers expect when you take them on a journey? If you’re writing fiction, then who are the characters, what are their problems, and what is so enticing about this story for it to be told?
If you’re writing nonfiction, then what are the key points you want to cover, what will the reader gain from this book and how can you solve their problem?
The outline for the book doesn’t have to be pretty, so write out all your ideas and then organize them in a logical order.
Once you start writing, resist the temptation to reorganize. Save that for the editing process.
How to Write a Book, Step 3: Set Daily Writing Goals
In his book On Writing, Stephen King shares his belief in setting writing goals and further recommends a minimum of 1,000 words a day, 6 days a week. King stated he writes 2,000 words a day while working on a book.
One thousand words per day may seem like a lot to the writing newbie.
I suggest newbies set aside time like 30 minutes or so per day. When you are consistent with that goal for least a week, change to a minimum daily word count.
This is key in your long-term growth and ability to pump out top notch work on a consistent basis. And remind yourself that…
Rome wasn’t built overnight.
How to Write a Book, Step 4: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
This is a general rule when it comes to ALL of the book writing processes and includes title choice, book cover design, marketing and promotion and of course how to format your final work.
Don’t worry about anything but writing the first draft to your book and remember that it doesn’t need to be pretty. It’s not like you’re going to launch the book as soon as you completed the rough draft.
Or, at least you shouldn’t.
One of the common issues plaguing newbie writers is mixing the roles of writer and editor in the early stages of a book. When I’m working on a book, I keep those two roles one hundred percent separate.
In fact, my inner editor is NOT invited until the first run is done.
For those of you new to writing, I’m giving you firm yet encouraging words when I say…
Get. It. Done.
How to Write a Book Final Critical Step
Just commit to it and get it done.
Otherwise, you’re holding back something completely special that the world is dying to get their hands on. So, get it out of you and into print ASAP.
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Now, get out there and start writing your first book, you savvy self-publisher you. Till later, this has been Self Publishing with Dale and I’ll talk to you guys soon.