Quick Guide: How To Write A Book Successfully
There is no way in this world you’re going to become a writer, author, or anything in between if you don’t start calling yourself one.
No one is going to say, “Look! It’s <insert name here> the author” unless you too are thoroughly convinced that you deserve that title.
You have to believe it yourself.
You have to believe in you.
You have to believe that you can.
You need to think that you are going to write a book, that it is a great idea, and that it will be successful.
If we start with a pessimistic mindset, we won’t get too far.
NOTE: THERE IS NO CRAZY IDEA. THERE IS NO NEW IDEA.
Every idea is a good idea. Someone else has already written about your idea; the difference is what you do with such idea.
Clear Book Idea
This can be a guidebook on something you’re familiar with, or it can be a novel.
You know you want to write a book, but you haven’t decided what to write about. Okay, let’s go through a series of questions and let’s see if we find something that you’d like to talk about.
Do you have any passions?
Do you have any hobbies?
Are you an expert in anything?
Can you advise people on any particular subjects?
Is there any topic you know about?
As I said before, there is no such a thing as a crazy idea. Any idea is valid to write a book.
You want to write a cookbook but are turned off by the millions of cookbooks that you’d be competing against? Don’t be. Because if you looked in any of those cookbooks, chances are you wouldn’t recognize any of their writing styles as your own. Your style is unique to you. What separates success and failure is how high we hold our unique blend of distinctions from others. Our differences are what make us shine, and we all shine in different colors. The key is to champion these differences, no matter how small they may seem, so that your unique color shines bright enough for all to see.
Be specific about the idea you choose. This is not like a journal or a lifestyle blog. You need to be specific. If you are talking about farm life, don’t simply tell me that dolphins and giraffes are cute (or whatever they keep on farms nowadays.)
You do NOT need to be an expert writer to write about something. While it certainly helps, sometimes people search for easily digestible, alternative, and common perspectives on different topics. If your audience was looking for expert advice, they would simply go to an expert.
Don’t let your insecurities kill your mood (yeah, easy to say, huh?) Having struggled with anxiety on a personal level, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But the struggle can not only be won but can be a story in itself worth telling as one rises from an agoraphobic author to a wordsmithing warrior!
Clear Target Audience
This topic is a bit more difficult to assess since every single book will go to a different target audience.
For example, if we are going to write Young Adult Fiction (as I did with my first published book, “Ana González y la Pluma de la Sirena), we can’t say that the target audience is 5-year-old kids.
My novel (as you could see) was in Spanish, so there was no way I could market it “successfully” just in English-speaking countries (or any other language that wasn’t Spanish.)
We need to analyze what our novel is about, who we think will like it, and focus on that, so later on in section 3, we can approach our audience successfully.
NOTE: You might want to set a daily (or weekly) schedule, so you commit to your work.
If you have more than one idea, ask yourself these three questions:
- Which one will you finish the fastest?
- Which one will you actually finish?
- Which one will make you the happiest once it is finished?
Create and Write Your Content
Now that we know what we want to write about, and we have a clear idea of our target audience, it’s time to start writing our book.
There are different ways of going through the book. One is just writing the story as you picture it in your head and then re-read it to make sure there are no plot-holes. Believe me, with this technique there are way more plot-holes than with the second method that I am about to explain to you all.
The best way to do it is with mind mapping.
What is that? It is basically going crazy with lines and connections.
I know one of my followers and a member of the Facebook group “No Broken Crowns | Work from Home tips” uses this method. She recently posted some pictures of that on her profile.
You just need to place the main idea at the center of a white page, and from there brainstorm everything around that same idea. Everything you know: experiences, examples, facts, etc. Then connect them.
If it is a novel, you might want to do some mind mapping with the main character, and then with the story, to know where it is leading to.
After you have brainstormed everything you know about that topic or everything you want about that story, you should organize those topics into sections.
Then all you have to do is uses those sections to form the chapter outline.
- Main idea
- Write your chapter
- Start again
Why start again? Granted if you had it all organized perfectly at the first attempt, you don’t have to do it again, but sometimes is better to do that for every chapter (mainly if it is a novel and it has new events going on) so you don’t forget anything, and the story makes sense.
PR00FREAD YOU’RE CONTENT BEFORE GONG TO ThE NEXT STEP.
Yes. That was intentional. J
Create and Write Your Content
The cover is a step that can wait until the publication.
You don’t need a beautiful cover. What you need is a cover that grabs people’s attention.
A cover that, when people are going through the library, and there are millions of books waiting to be bought says, “Hey! I’m interesting! Get me!”
The best way to create a cover that will attract people’s attention is to place the title within the top third of said cover in big letters, with the focus of the image in the center, and the name of the author (or authors) in the lower third.
Here’s an example taken from our aforementioned book:
As you can see, with the first cover, that rule doesn’t apply. Why not? Simple: because I didn’t do enough research on marketing!
At first, I felt like my dreams had been crushed. It was a really big disappointment to see that no one appeared to be interested in something that took me years to finish. And I know a lot of you may feel frustrated by and maybe even scared of feeling that same kind of disappointment.
That is why the first thing that we assessed in this book is to have a “Successful Mindset.” EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Link to the ebook: Write, Publish, and Market your Book: Quick Guide
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