I’m doing a thing. I’m writing a book! I’m what I like to call a “soon to be author.” It’s happening folks, but can I tell you, this is no easy task. This is not glamorous though some may seem. I was one of those people! I would see authors and think it came so easy for them. Some authors write book after book. Little did I know what it actually took to write a book. I now know the rollercoaster they must have been on, because I’m currently strapped in.
I have been at this for over a year now, but I can tell you I am closer than I ever have been before. If you are wrestling with the thought of writing a book, it will not be easy, but it’s worth it. I have learned more about myself and God in this process, and have been able to work through some hard seasons all because I allowed myself to sit down and write.
I want to share with you some tips to get this huge task done. When authors say it’s like birthing a baby, they aren’t lying. Well, I haven’t actually birthed a baby, but I have been around many friends who have. OK, it’s very different, but it’s something you work on day after day, pour your heart and soul into and then you give it out for everyone to read. Yikes!
Here are 4 tips for you:
Start by writing down whatever comes to mind. When tackling something like this, people often don’t know where to start. On day one, I sat at my computer and started typing out stories that would come to mind. Overtime those stories turned into chapters.
Schedule time to write at least 3-4 times per week at the same time. This soon became a routine of mine. I knew from 9-10am I would be writing. I have done this for the past year and now I am close to finishing! I didn’t schedule anything else during that time. This was my book writing time! Be diligent and stay true to this schedule.
Give yourself grace. This was actually hard for me and a space I grew in during this writing process. Especially if this is your first book, you learn as you go! This is what I’ve been doing. There may be days you need to step away from writing to clear your head. I had to do this. To be honest there was a month I didn’t write at all! I needed to step away from this project and that’s ok. I was hard on myself at first, but I knew this was what I needed to do at that time in my life. And because of this space, I was able to come back with fresh eyes and write more!
Ask others for help. Reach out to people who have been through this process before. I asked a friend about writing a book because I knew he had just been through the process. I also liked the size of his book so I asked him how many words he had to use as a gauge for me. With this knowledge I knew I needed to write between 35,000 and 40,000 words! I am currently at 39,000! Also when I asked others for help, I learned about their writing journey and soon realized I was in the same boat! I was not the only one riding the rollercoaster! Phew!
You are not alone in this journey and there are people out there who want to help. Like me! If you have a comment or a question, leave it below and I will do my best to answer!
Write the story that’s on your heart! You can do this!