You’re about to get started on writing a book. That’s great! But one honest question before you do though. Do you honestly know what you are doing? Do you honestly know what you are getting yourself into? Do you know how difficult it is to get started and keep going as a writer? Do you know how much it would costs you? These are some of the few questions you should ask yourself before you even think of writing a book. Which is why it is a good idea to have a plan before you start writing. Here are a few tips.
Make a list of why you want to write a book: Let’s face it, writing a book is hard work. And if you are not serious about it, you could find yourself floundering in the middle of the writing process and leaving the book half-finished. This is why, as early as possible you need to be positive that you want to write this book. Because the book will take up most of your time and no half-hearted effort will get it finished. Make a list of the reasons why you want to write this book. You can write for a number of reasons. You can write for a family heirloom, you can write for money, you can have any reason.
Prepare yourself mentally and physically: Writing a book is strenuous work, which is why you have be prepared in every possible way. Work out, eat healthy, and meditate. Do everything you can to make your state of mind and body as well as it can be before writing the book. You will need every bit of strength of body and will before you start writing the book. Think of it as the same way a boxer or marathon runner trains before a fight. You have to be conditioned in order to take on the rigors of writing every day.
Plan out your publication route: Even though you have not written your book yet, it is still very important that you plot out your publication route as early as possible. That way, you won’t panic and already have a plan once you finish your book. You should understand that the writing process is only a part of the book writing process. Make a list of publishing houses that interests you and the many advantages that they will give you. Making contact with a publisher even before you finish your book gives you more initiative to finish your book.
Make it a family project: Telling your family and friends that you are writing a book will help you get the support that you need. It can be treated as a family project that will involve the whole family. You can write parts of your book and have family members to check and give their thoughts on it. Having family members also give you accountability of your own work and will impel you to work harder and not slack off. Having the full support of your family is definitely a plus in any endeavor.
Specify your target audience: Before you even write a story, you should already have a target audience in mind. If you are writing a poetry book, make sure that the contents of your book is already aimed at the poetry reading demographic. If you are writing a religious book you should make a book that is aimed at the bible reading demographic. All in all you should always remember that you should pattern your writing after the taste of your chosen audience.
Never procrastinate: One of writing’s worst enemies is procrastination. This is because delaying your work could lead you to become lazy and the delays won’t do you any favors when it comes to the writing process. If you have everything you need to write your book, get started as soon as possible. Delaying it would only leave you open to writer’s block in the long run.