July 31, 2017

Three No-Brainer Tips for Writing a Book

I reached a big milestone a few weeks ago: I finally hit the 30k-word mark on my first book. I've been writing it since October 2014, and the fact that I am now at just shy of 34k words (about 16k from my goal of 50k) is so inspiring. I won't lie: I'm still overwhelmed by the number of words that are left to write, especially when I consider that I've been working on this book for nearly three years, but progress is progress.




If you're writing (and if you're not, here's why you should be), or have written, a book, I don't need to tell you how difficult it can be to sit down and write chapters and character descriptions and create plot twists. I've mentioned before that I'll have weeks when I crank out 5k words in a day, and weeks will go by when I won't touch my draft. I have noticed a few patterns in my writing "binges," so to speak, which I'm sharing in today's post: tips for writing a book.



+ Repurpose content from your personal store.

I'm big into journaling when I have too much on my mind, and I tend to incorporate ideas and thoughts from my own journal into my drafts. Maybe I shouldn't do this, but I find that the freedom of journaling allows me to write quickly and flowingly— much more so than when I'm staring at a page of my draft, wondering what to possibly invent next. When I tap into what I've written in my journal, I find that I'm adding hundreds of words at once, minus frustration and brain-wracking.

+ Pull from real-life conversations.

How often do you have inspiring conversations with your friends, your family, or your co-workers? Are they adaptable to your story? If you can tweak a real-life dialogue, whether by adding lines, elaborating on points, or cutting back on a topic, to make it work for your book, why not?

+ Don't force yourself to write.

Sometimes, I'll tell myself that I'm going to write x number of pages in two days, and I sit down to begin and... nothing. I have no ideas. Forcing yourself to write fiction is especially difficult because you have to invent the ideas and piece everything together; when you've got nothing, staring at a blank document does not help. I find that I write most productively when I feel like writing. I'll have one idea or thought that connects two scenes or leads into another scene and— bam. I want to write. If you take away just one of these tips for writing a book, let it be this one.

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  1. I love these tips!! I've been wanting to write a book for so long... but can't sit down and brainstorm everything! I'm someone who wants to just start writing and that's it. If you want someone to read it for any feedback, I'd love to read it!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

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    1. Thanks, Kendal! You should definitely try your hand at writing a book. If you have any questions about getting started, or just want to run ideas by someone, feel free to shoot me an email or DM! :)

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