How to Write a Book

You don’t just sit down to write a book, that’s not how writing works. Writing happens in segments and starts by piecing bits of ideas together. It’s not a complicated process, you take one step at a time. You write a sentence or two, then a paragraph and then one day an entire story is born.

Pick up a pen or pencil, grab some paper and start jotting your ideas down. This sounds obvious but you will be surprised by how many people have a book in them but never start to write. They keep postponing, if you are struggling with the decision of what you’re going to write about, pick a paragraph from your favourite book. Write that down in your own words as inspiration. You could also change the ending of that story, create your own version of it. When you feel more confident start writing your own story, think of your childhood days at school what you would have liked those days to be like, find that “happy place” and start from there. If you are writing about a teaching experience and it has some sad moments that’s okay too, spin the ending and make it interesting by injecting a dose of imagination and perhaps a life lesson, your call. 

‍Stay motivated, once you start writing, you will face self-doubt and a hundred other adversaries. Planning ahead for those obstacles ensures you won’t quit when they come. Think about how proud you will feel once you complete your first book, you will one day inspire others to write a book. Besides no one cares about the book that you almost wrote, they want to hear about the one you actually finished. The thing that makes you a writer is not the fact that you started to write but your ability to complete writing and transform that  into a story.

Write down things that you notice inspire you, keep a notebook at all times use it to take note of things you hear, read and flesh out your own ideas based on those things. Everything can go into your notebook because everything is a source of inspiration and when you get stuck, check your notes. Dreams, pictures, quotes, silly things people say, are all  a major source of ideas for your book. Write it down before it disappears!

Did you know that John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer and new dad - in other words, he was extremely busy. Nonetheless, he got up an hour or two early every morning and wrote a page a day. Another exceptional example is J.K Rowling who wrote on the train on her way home from work, you get where I’m going with this. You can make time to write.

Start building momentum by setting small attainable goals for each day or week. Setting a word count goal is a great way to stay on track and having a set time to work on your book everyday is very beneficial as well as having deadlines - this is how you will finish writing your book. Of course you can take time off, but where possible schedule that ahead of time. Also remember consistency makes creativity easier and the aim is to avoid procrastinating and keep writing.