Writing a Book within 30 Days
Maybe it’s the perfect time to take on that lifelong dream of yours, the one you keep tucked away at the back of your mind? The very dream that you promised yourself you’d tackle in between projects, semesters and work but didn’t get around to it. 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 yourself
If you’re actually looking forward to writing a book, there’s a better chance that you’ll start. At this stage you won’t realize how much of the joy you felt shines through to 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. The important part is what you’re actually trying to achieve or discover with book writing; if podcasts and sitcoms fill your thoughts while writing, take it as a sign. Either writing the book wasn’t as appealing as you expected or the subject isn’t engaging.
Writing is basically an activity that requires minimal movement even if you use a standing desk. Studies show that people improve focus on writing activities after a little morning workout; those that prefer writing to be their first activity in morning can reschedule their workout for afternoons. Take note that this will be a long term practice, an activity that goes beyond the completion of the book.
4. Maintain the Allure
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 whatever amount of time you can spare, in a couple of weeks the minutes and hours will add up.
6. Don’t Forget to 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 Forget 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.