Being a first time writer can be pretty scary experience. This is because you seldom know where to begin. This is especially true if you are writing a book for the very first time ever because there are so many pitfalls in the way and each pitfall costs money and time. Which is why it is always a good idea to have a writing strategy before you start on the book writing process. Here are 7 key tips to a healthy writing strategy for first time authors.
- Create a rough draft of your book
Before you even set out on the book writing process, it is always a good idea to create a rough draft of your book. That way, you will have a sort of blueprint from which to guide your work. Think of it as a sort of summary that you can consult time and again so that you can stay on track of your main storyline or concept. When creating a rough draft, it does not need to be overly long. It should not be more than 700 words at maximum. Your main thought when creating the rough draft is the main concept, the characters and the key events of the book. Once you create this, you will be surprised at how effective the book writing process will be.
- Think up a great title
When it comes to book writing, you should be able to think up of a great title. This is because the title is a way for you to show readers what your book is really about without having to divulge too much about it. It is also allows you to draw people to your book. So when you do start on making your title, make sure that it is catchy and not overly long.
- Do your research thoroughly
Before you get started on the book writing process it is very important that you do your research as thoroughly as possible. Many a book release has been derailed by shabby research work. So before you write a story or a book make sure that your facts are well researched. Use various sources and make sure that they are trustworthy. Be discerning with your sources because your audience will know if your work is badly researched or not.
- Have a writing schedule
Writing a novel or any type of book takes a great deal of time. This can be very difficult to balance, especially if you are a part time writer and your time is limited. Which is why it is always advisable to have a set writing schedule to follow. This will allow you to write without your day job limiting you. When setting a schedule for your writing sessions, you should make sure that you can sustain it. Your schedule depends on what time you are most creative at and the available time you have. You can allot two to three hours every day and have your sessions early in the morning or late at night. What is important is that you can sustain the schedule throughout the whole writing process.
- Write in a clear and concise manner
When writing a book, it is always important that you write in a clear and concise manner. While some authors have the audacity to make their work as frilly and eloquent as possible, it would be more effective for you as a book writing novice to keep it short and concise. That way, you can avoid writing overly long sentences and confusing your readers.
- Engage your audience
One problem that novice writers have is that their writing tends to be very monotone and lacks any conviction. Which is why as early as now, you should know how to properly engage readers with your writing. Spruce up your dialogue, describe the settings in the most detailed way possible and make your writing as convincing as possible. The more you engage your audience the more you will draw them in to your writing.
- Enjoy the process
Many a writer often forgets to have fun during the writing process. Most writers get too drawn into the writing process that they don’t enjoy the process anymore. Which is why as a writer you should have a more lighthearted approach to the writing process. If you put pressure on yourself from the very beginning, you won’t be able to finish writing your book. So just take a deep breath and enjoy yourself.