There are many tips on writing a book.
You may have read over a hundred article on it.
One of the hardest parts of writing is starting with a blank page. If you stop writing mid-chapter, you’ll always have a lead-in to get you going the next time you sit down to write.
At this point you may feel stressed out. Don’t let excuses get in your way.
If you’re someone who needs the closure of a chapter or are in a writing groove and can’t stop, that’s OK—just write the first paragraph of the next chapter before calling it a night. This will increase your chances of avoiding writer’s block and help you more easily dive into book writing the next day.
I’ve met with some persons and as well have asked questions to why they haven’t written a book yet. The first excuse they give for not writing a book is that they don’t have time.
Who the heck has the all time, huh?
Truth is, everyone has the time, so far as you are willing to sacrifice something else—clubbing all night, seeing movies all the time and even sleeping when it hits you.
It all lies in your ability to set aside a specific amount of time each day (it can be as little as 20 minutes) to sit down and write. This is the first—and most critical—step to start.
Writing Tips for Breaking The Writing Block
I’ve used the step by step guide I outline below to write more than 4 books (including The World Is Too Big To Think Small) over the past 2 years. Yes, you may think writing a book is that difficult. But trust me—with a reliable guide, you can start and finish your book.
The amazing thing is that you can do this—and more quickly than you might think, because these days you have access to more writing tools than ever. The key is to follow a proven step-by-step guide and this, I’ll show you.
Sometimes, I think writing is one of the stranger careers in the world. It’s easily one of the most valuable ways that I spend my time, and I love doing it, but rare is the time that I actually want to do it. The moment I sit down to write, I go into a kind of temporary insanity wherein I can think of nothing more important than organizing closets and checking my Facebook.
Writers think differently from non writer. And, there is no doubt to this
Many great writers, including Brian Tracy, have said that his purpose for putting words on paper is to find clarity with his thoughts, and have described the process of writing as one of becoming familiar with his own minds. .
As an author with a busy schedule, I’ve found that it’s not necessary to write every single day—but what is necessary is to think like a writer every day. This requires you to open your eyes and ears just a little wider than the next person, to take in everything happening in the world around you, including in your own inner worlds, all of which provides the richest material you’ll ever need.
3. Plan your writing
Starting your writing without a clear vision of where you’re going will usually end in disaster. Even if you’re writing fiction you need at least a basic structure.To be book-worthy, your idea has to be killer.
You need to write something about which you’re passionate, something that gets you up in the morning, draws you to the keyboard, and keeps you there. It should excite not only you, but also anyone you tell about it.
If you’ve tried and failed to finish your book before—maybe more than once—it could be that you didn’t plan your book well or never planned at all. Maybe it was worth a blog post or an article but couldn’t carry an entire book.
If you’re a writer, then you’re likely both devoted to your craft and eternally frustrated by it — and even the most talented writers could use guides from the greats on how to hone their powers of thinking and get those creative juices flowing while they plan.
4. Write from your own perspective
So often in our everyday lives we find ourselves occupied with our cell phones when we could be observing what’s happening around us. Do your writer life a favor, and keep the cell phone tucked away. Look around you and feel the world.Your story is more unique than you think.
You have a creative brain and you may as well allow the dots flow through your pen. Writing about something that happened to you could be more easy than writing another one’s story. The story is yours, you experienced it and no doubt, you can write it.
Readers can easily find whether a writer is writing about something that has happened to him or something he has read or been told. You story can be your inspiration, if you allow it to.
For your writing to come live, you may have to nudge it along by finding a consistent source of inspiration (and, your story can be one!). My book ideas came to me while I listened to a man’s story who rose from struggle to success. I could write and write listening the again the story.
5. Create and stick to a writing schedule
If you haven’t put your idea out there, how can anyone read it? And if no one can read it, how can it change anyone’s life?
Having chosen the right path to your writing career you should know that you have a responsibility. As a responsible writer, you should have a schedule that guides the next step you take to up-level your writing skills.
What good are ideas if they stay locked up in your head?
Ideally, you want to schedule at least six hours per week to write. That may consist of three sessions of two hours each, two sessions of three hours, or six one-hour sessions—whatever works for you, choose and stick!
You cannot find the good time to write, you have to make out that time.
6. Fall in love with procrastination
One of the rare truth about writing is that, writers are the worse procrastinators. We can procrastinate the needed for the most needed.
Now, you get the point?
The best part of being a writer means accepting you can’t do everything every time. Embrace the lovely chaos of your life and remember that this is what brings you all your best material. If you never start writing, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either.
If you are never making time to write, it’s because deep down, you don’t really want to write. Or it could be as the result, you don’t want to write bad enough to face your demons, overcome your fears and lazy attitudes, and sit down to write.
7. Stay focused, stay writing
Focus has a huge role to play in every writer’s life. You wake up, go to the bath room, wash off, have a breakfast, sit on the chair, grab the pen and write. If you don’t feel that drive to write, maybe it’s a fallow time.
If you write from home and the kids are there trust me, you will; be distracted. You may try to lock yourself in a room and write, yet, the environment doesn’t seem conducive for you.
Accept distractions. You know why? They will come.
Psychologists describe a powerful form of focus called ‘flow’. It happens when someone stays fully engaged on what they are doing. When you are writing in like this, you can hold all the pieces of a story in your head and write fluently. The truth is not fat from us—to be a great writer, you have to be able to focus. Not only that but you have to be able to keep up it for sustained periods. It’s not the only thing you’ll need but it’s a good start.
8. Profess being a writer
As people, we naturally have the tendency to get stuck on the negative and think about all of our losses for the day, instead of counting our wins and finding all of the good that took place.
Words show what we truly believe. Talk to yourself like a champion, and you’ll win.
Thinking positive and empowering thoughts is one thing, but talking to yourself like a champion preconditions your thought process in an instant. When you form the habit of talking to yourself like a champion you don’t give the negative and discouraging thoughts the time of day as you strive to best your writing skills.
If you don’t have a huge amount of belief in yourself to be the best writer, then there is no way you can expect anyone else to believe in you as the best writer. If you are an entrepreneur, you can’t expect an investor to believe in your ideas if you don’t even believe in yourself. The same applies to writers.
9. Think of your readers
You don’t want to write a book that people won’t like to read. I find it helpful to meditate a little before I start writing. It’s not easy for me but when I do it, I find it really helps. I sit in a quiet room, legs crossed, think of my readers and count my breaths. This guide may be a helpful place to start.
External noise can break your concentration.
Don’t confuse editing with writing. You know why? Editing is not writing. Don’t let your mental self-editor get in the way of your super-productive copywriter. Truth is, the first draft might not be perfect. Leave notes to yourself in your text – tidy up, read, rewrite, condense. The important thing is to keep writing.
Don’t write what you think you should write. Write what inspires you, what you feel and what your readers can connect to.
10. Write, write and write
To continue the flow of your writing, you need to be controversial. You can become more conversational by including questions in your writing. Don’t fail to experiment with your voice by changing punctuation and adding a dynamic rhythm.
Creating a continuous content flow may be a daunting task for you. It is quite easy to do, if you know how. To create a mesmerizing content flow, you need to outline your content. To get better at content creation you need to practice and practice and practice and practice and practice.
To become better at writing, imitating writers you admire is not a bad idea. But, don’t fail to stick to the writing style that works for you. Mediocre writing bores your readers to tears. But nourishing content engages, delights, and inspires your readers to want more. To make the writing more engaging you can do that by including expert quotes and stats.
You don’t lack the talent. You have good ideas and want to inspire your audience.This can’t be done by taking hot naps and drinking win all day. You need to get to work and write.As you advance in your writing career, don’t forget that we live in an era where the written word is King.