He uses an analogue system of flashcards to record lessons and stories from each of these books and highlights what he reads. He says I read a book, very carefully, writing on the margins with all kinds of notes. A few weeks later I return to the book, and transfer my scribbles onto note cards, each card representing an important theme in the book. You may not be writing a book as dense as Roberts but research is an important part of learning how to write a book. Have a system for recording and organising your research. You could use evernote like i do, create a mind map or use index cards like robert. I use my kindle to highlight key sections in books I read. Once a week i review these highlights and record notes about them in evernote.
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I need to know what Im writing about in advance. Today, im convinced being a plotter lends itself well to most types of non-fiction writing. Budget for Self-Publishing your book ive written before about the cost of self-publishing a book. Writing a book is free (unless you count your time) but publishing a book is not. So please, budget for hiring an editor, proofreader and a cover designer. Recently, i spent: usd2000 on an editor for a 60,0000-word book about creativity usd500 on a proofreader (or try Grammarly until you can afford one) usd250 on a cover designer resume And what else did I budget for? Well because Im self-publishing this book i set aside several hundred dollars for Facebook ads and for various book promotional services on fiverr. You can get all of the above for cheaper (which Ill explain but please understand that having an editor, proofreader and cover designer is non-negotiable. Heres the truth: If you want to write a book readers enjoy, you must invest more than just time in your book. Research your book robert Greene says he reads 300400 books over the course of 1224 months before he starts writing a book.
When plotters sit down to write, they have a strong idea of what theyre going to say and theyve the research to back. Robert Greene, the author of Mastery and the 48 Laws of Power, is a plotter. Ive tried both approaches, and theres nothing wrong with either. Youll discover what type of writer you are (and your voice will emerge) if you turn up and do the work. Remember, as Seth Godin says, everybodys writing process is different. After years of painful rewrites, unfinished manuscripts and pulling my hair out, i found out that Im a plotter. I like to know what Im writing about in business advance.
And if youre self-publishing your book, your answers will also help you market your book so readers care. Decide What Type of Writer you are Theres two types of writers: pantsters and plotters. Pantsters are writers who sit down in front of the blank page with only a vague idea of where they are going or what the story is about. They write from the seat of their pants inventing things as they go along and are happy to see to see where their characters take them. They write with a connection to god, their muse or their sub-consciousness. Stephen King is a pantster. Plotters are writers who spend weeks or months organising their ideas, deciding what they want to write about in advance.
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How is my book different to everything else thats out there? Why should people spend their money (or time) reading my book? What can i offer that no one else can? Nobody has to see your answers, so be as honest as you can. You might know what your book is about, but does your reader? Unless youre writing fiction or literary non-fiction, craft a positioning statement for your book, so you know what its about in one sentence.
Here are three templates: my book helps _ who _ get. My staples book teaches _ how. My book helps _ who _ achieve. And heres my positioning statement for my book about creativity. My book helps people who dont think theyve any ideas become more creative. Doing this extra work expert upfront will help you avoid spending hours writing a book, only to find you hate your idea.
To practice writing and improve my craft to help other writers and readers to deepen my knowledge of various topics to earn a side-income from book sales Research your Audience As a savvy, writer its your job to find out what your audience wants, likes. Spend an hour or two browsing Amazon and finding Kindle books about your topic. Look for books in your niche with a sales ranking below 30,000. Typically, these books sell at least five copies a day, meaning theyre popular with readers and earn a return for the author. Read at least five of the books in your niche, taking note of the titles, categories and ideas behind each book.
So, how do you get new ideas for your book? Study the good and bad reviews for these books, so you can see what readers liked and disliked and how you can do better. One great way to do this is to combine several different ideas from different books and then remix them with your writing. Figure out what youre going to say thats different because if you want to add value for readers, you must offer something other writers (your competition) dont. Establish What your book is About Although you may have a vague idea of what you want to write about, youll save a lot of time if you clarify your idea before you start writing. So how do you get ideas to write a book? Get a blank piece of paper and spend an hour asking and answering questions like: Who is this book for? Whats the big idea behind my book? What am I trying to say?
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Am I writing this book to improve my craft? Will this book help me advance my career or become an expert in my field? How will I serve existing or new readers with my book? Is a book the best medium for me to express my ideas? Do i want to generate a side-income from my book and if so, how much? Do i have a plan for the marketing, promotion night and distribution of my book? Will this book help me advance my dream for writing full-time? Have at least four to seven reasons for why youre writing a book in the first place because they will help you keep motivated when you feel isolated or when others question what youre doing. Why do i write books?
Most people leave out how lonely the writing process feels when youre starting off. You have to spend hours researching your book, writing and rewriting it, and sitting alone in a room with only your words and ideas for company. If youve never written a book the isolation is difficult to get used to but dont worry, itll pass as you dissertation get into the process of writing a book. Now the people close to you may understand what youre doing, but dont count on it! Listen to this: one new writer struggling with his book emailed me to say: One of the reasons I have not gone farther with writing is because family sees me working at a computer, or like today with a cell phone and thinks Im goofing. Youll be able to handle isolation, other peoples judgments and keep motivated if you know why you should write a book in the first place. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is my book a passion project?
something youre passionate about. You must adopt the mindset of a professional writer who doesnt call in sick or give up because he or she doesnt feel like doing the work, you must become a professional writer who goes in and gets the job done. What you need to Know About Writing a book for the first Time. This is because you may be unsure of what a book should achieve and how to publish. Book writing, like any skill, takes time to develop. You need to learn skills like writing the first draft, self-editing, arranging your ideas and son. Stephen King, for example, threw a draft of his first book in the bin. His wife fished the book carrie out of the trash and encouraged him to finish and publish. It took me three years to write my first novella, and it took me a year to write my second book. Determine Why you should Write a book.
In this guide, i focus on how to write a non-fiction book in 2018. That said, you paper can still use some of the lessons from this post if you want to learn how to write a fiction book. Get a spreadsheet for tracking your writing. Contents, commit to Writing your book, can anyone write a book? Writing your first book is a time-consuming creative project that demands months (or even years) of your time. Before you decide to write one ask yourself if you have the mental resources, the creative energy and the time to. Youre going to have to write almost every day and sacrifice other things in your life or rearrange your day so you can put writing first, if only for a little while. When I wrote my first book, i gave up playing Call of Duty and Halo because i didnt have the time to write and to play games.
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So you want to learn book how to write a book in 2018? I think you'll agree with me when I say learning to write a book for the first time is a challenge. Over the past few years, ive written a 60,000 word book about productivity, a novella and several short stories. Ive also recently completed a 60,000 word book about creativity. Ive faced a lot of painful mistakes while writing books, and ive also learned a little bit about how to write a book. In this post, i want to explain exactly how to write a book based on what ive learned. I also want to reveal some of my mistakes and some proven book writing tips, so you can get started writing a book today. Caveat: Although I write fiction and non-fiction, my specialism is non-fiction writing.