Let’s explore some tangible ways (6 tips) to help you take your book idea(s) and concept(s) and turn them into reality:
- Whether writing about your life experiences or business acumen, it’s good to have a theme of course (often one main theme, and several sub-themes divided into parts or chapters, sometimes both).
- I also recommend reflecting on your writing/creating style. For example, some writers need to pour everything they know onto the page, and then sift out the key messages to leave in (or take out and consider for another project).
There’s no right or wrong way to create, just pay attention to your process and progress, and reevaluate if you’re spinning your wheels and getting stuck. Others find the previous example a little overwhelming and prefer to think in chapters or segments (smaller themes or ideas). This offers them the framework that they can build on in smaller, bite-size pieces.
- What’s most important is that you select a process that is helpful to you, productive, and as enjoyable as possible. Yes, I tend to be a bit of idealist. That said, I’ve had a lot of practice and successful experience finding the joy in the journey, although some days the more accurate wording would be “creating the joy.”
- When it comes to the amount of time to devote to see your literary project(s) to fruition, there are several factors to consider. Some are obvious, like your existing personal, family, and work commitments. Then there is your own creative style again.
With respect to your current schedule, if you are going to make it work, you need to make room in your life to write– just like you would a hobby, sport, or course of study. Very few writers can steal away for weeks or months at a time to create their masterpiece/bestseller. So what is Plan B?
If you are in the beginning stages of creating or developing your craft, then you might find it best to set aside just thirty minutes a day. However, if you are like many of us who have a passion to write, you’ll soon find that committing to a half-day or full-day or more on a regular basis will allow you to open the creative floodgates fully and make progress much faster.
- Next, is that you have to set some time-lines for yourself, as to when you want to complete your manuscript by. And determine what goals and aspirations you have for your book?
- It is also good to have an editor, publisher, coach and/or industry expert provide you with some initial feedback, to ensure you’re ready to take the next steps. A fresh pair of eyes is a gift to the best of writers, helping you see anything you might have overlooked, and otherwise simply giving you the added boost of confidence you need and deserve.
If you haven’t already picked up a copy of my newest e-book, Do You Have a Book in You? Straight Talk to Take You From Concept to Reality, it’s also brimming with very useful information and encouragement if you’re ready to get down to the business of writing. At the moment, you can get this book for FREE when you sign up to receive our blog and e-newsletter.
In case you missed it, here is a link to my last blog with some more helpful insights.
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