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How to write a book in 6 months

Have you wanted to write a book for years but you’re unsure where to begin? Do you google writing courses online and then overthink what kind of writer you want to be? It’s a common rabbit-hole most aspiring writers fall into when trying to decide their niche or genre, but it shouldn’t stop you.

There’s a plethora of excuses people make when attempting to write. Here’s the biggest one:

I don’t have time.

Everyone has time, it’s just how you choose to use it. You don’t need a guru to tell you that with small measurable steps your book can become a reality within six months.

Really? Yes.

Believe it or not, Sally Rooney wrote Normal People in three months, Stephanie Meyer wrote Twilight in three months, Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights in nine months.

There is a whole tribe of authors out there who had a small concept and developed it within a few months –not because they were all genius writers but because they persisted with a daily habit. If you’re struggling to believe this, here is a list of famous books and their timelines…

https://electricliterature.com/infographic-how-long-did-famous-novels-take-to-write/
 

 

Our top tips five tips for writing a book in rapid time:

 

1. Read, read, read!

Reading not only exposes you to different writing styles, it also helps expand your vocabulary. Downloading news apps like BBC and reading a range of blog sites can help broaden your worldview and expose you to technical vocabulary. It’s often said that one can’t become a good writer without having read a book. Why? Books help our brains form pictures of plots, conflicts, dialogue, and without this, we rely on our own experiences.  So expand your mind and start reading (even if it’s one book per month).

2. Write a small amount, consistently, every day.

This could be one page, two pages, three pages, whatever fits within your schedule. Don’t feel guilty if you miss a day – the aim is to start small and gain momentum. Eventually, you’ll start to feel less pressure and the ideas will flow.

3. Eliminate distractions

Everyone wants to unwind after a long day at work. If you have kids, the idea of ‘unwinding’ doesn’t normally happen until bedtime and the house is finally silent. Whether it’s early morning or evening, find the most suitable time for you. Ask yourself how badly you want to write this book? If, on a scale of 1-10 it’s a definite ‘10’, you need to slowly reduce television time and try and set aside focused time to write. Find a comfortable, quiet, place in your home to set up your laptop and make sure you are not interrupted.

4. Don’t worry about following a linear procedure.

You don’t have to start at chapter one and follow through till the end. You can write whatever comes to your mind and see where it takes you without following any particular system. Writing should be spontaneous and fun, not bound by rules. 

Sometimes the idea of starting a novel can be so overwhelming because you have multiple plot ideas and characters or perhaps you have a self-help concept and you’re overanalysing which concept to start with.

Your first thought will no doubt be ‘how do I begin this chapter? How witty or poetic should it be?’ Get that thought out of your head and begin writing whatever comes to mind. Forget metaphors. Ditch your brilliant adjectives. Your future agent won’t care.

5.  Invest in a course to help guide you through the step-by-step approach to writing consistently.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to put ideas to paper. How does one start? How much time should be spent writing? How many characters are too many? How do I develop a plot? Before you even consider plot, setting, and characters, you need to establish a good writing routine. You need to eliminate overthinking. The anxiety. The procrastination. All those things that hold you back. You need to deal with this because these are the real barriers that hold writers back, not your ability to write. 

7. Decide whether to source an agent or self-publish

Self-publishing or finding a publisher can be a difficult decision. If you have no background in marketing, no fan club, no social media followers, then finding an agent to represent you may be a better option. On the contrary, agents can overcharge and claim a large percentage of your earnings, so choose wisely and do your research.

To find out more about self-publishing, you can go to this website:

https://kdp.amahttps

To find the top literary agents listed for 2020-2021, click here:

https://literaryagencies.com/list-of-literary-agents/best-literary-agents/ 

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