Now is the perfect time to focus on that lifelong dream of yours, the one tucked neatly away at the back of your head. The dream that you’d hope to start whenever you found time in between projects, classes and work. Writing a book can be pretty intimidating but you’re not alone in that feeling, so here are some tips to help you in the process.
1. Enjoy the Process
If you’re actually looking forward to writing a book, there’s a better chance that you’ll start. Beginners don’t realize at the beginning just how much of the joy they felt while writing actually comes across and is felt by the readers. Life is short and if you think about it, the time we have to write books are a lot shorter so don’t waste any more time on projects that clearly don’t make you happy.
2. Learn More About Yourself
Let’s say that you didn’t have fun like you expected, that’s quite alright. Essentially, it’s what you want to discover whenever projects come your way; during the writing process, when your mind wanders to podcasts and sitcoms then take that as a sign. It all comes down to either you don’t feel like writing the book or the subject wasn’t as engaging or amusing as you thought.
3. Work Up a Sweat
Whichever way you look at it, writing is a motionless activity no matter what kind of desk is used. Research states that writers are more focused on their projects after working out in the morning; if writing is something you do first thing in the morning, schedule workouts in the afternoon. Take note that this will be a long term practice, an activity that goes beyond the completion of the book.
4. Continue the Magic
Maintain a pace and write every day or edit paragraphs at least. Keeping you engaged is the main purpose, being away from the project for 48 hours or more will transform it from passion to work.
5. Accept the Small Windows
Thinking that 30 minutes a day isn’t enough for writing will get you nowhere. Work with any amount of time you could spare and in a few days or weeks the minutes add up.
6. Regularly Socialize
Don’t allow book writing, or any other similar project, transform you into a hermit. A considerable part of becoming a novelist or book writer is understanding basic human behavior and speak which you can’t do when you’re isolated.
7. Don’t Neglect Your Day Job
A thing that’s harder than writing is writing as you worry about your business or salary. Avoid thinking about your job as an obligation, oppositional to your craft.