It’s something a lot of people want to do. Whether they say it out loud or not, “write a book” is something that often comes high up on people’s list of things to do before they die. It could be a burning passion to get that novel that you know is inside your head or it could be a desire to start a practical “how to” guide to your area of expertise.
For one reason or another, it’s something that gets put off time and time again. Many people get past this initial stumbling block, however, and have made it to become best-selling authors; just look at J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter series. Examples like these show it is possible for just about anyone.
Tips For Writing That Book
Although many of us feel we could be great writers, we often think that we’re not good enough or just don’t know where to start. Getting started is often the hardest part and here are a few tips to get you on your way:
- Read, read, read – all the top authors have a huge passion for literature. If you want to write a good book, you need to read loads of good books first. They can be sources of inspiration and also show you what kind of styles you like and what kind of styles you don’t. Reading a variety of genres of literature of varying quality can make you more aware of the difference between an average book and a great book.
- Start writing – simple as it sounds, writing is an art that takes practice. Don’t expect the first thing you write to be winning any prizes but just get started and try. As you practice your style will emerge and you’ll grow as a writer.
- Make space to write – authors often lock themselves away or go on a retreat to let their creative juices flow without interruption. Of course this kind of dedication might not be possible for the rest of us, but allowing yourself a few hours to get your words down can be a good start.
- Write about what you know – you may not think that you have had the most exciting life, but it’s much easier to write about things you have experienced than imagining the far off pain of war, which you’ve only experienced through the TV. You can find emotion and drama in all life experiences, so why not begin there.
- Twist in the tale – a good story shouldn’t be obvious. Try to develop your story lines so that the reader is intrigued and needs to read on to find out what will happen in the end.
After taking some of these points into consideration, you may be wondering where to go next. Sharing your work with your friends and family is an obvious place to start, as they will be able to give you an outsider’s view of what works and what needs changing in the next edit.
When you’re really comfortable with the work, you can think about how you might publish a book. Who knows, it might not be long before you’re the next writing star.