How to Write a Book: Advice for Aspiring Writers

Category: LeisureReading Corner

If one is an aspiring author, now is the time to commit oneself to writing a book. There has never been a better period than the present for writers to publish. The avenues for publication available for writers include traditional publishing, print on demand, and e-books.

One of the best things a writer can do to prepare for the journey from ambitious aspirating writer to published author is to read voraciously and widely. It may be especially helpful to read motivational books that will help to set goals, visualize success, and to organize a work schedule and budget one’s time (see great motivational books here). The aspiring author will also want to read within the chosen genre.

It is good to give oneself a timetable. It has been said that a goal is a dream with a deadline. Plan how long it will take to come up with a first draft of the manuscript. Some writers enjoy having an outline as a blueprint. Some work from a thesis. Some discover the shape of the work as they are writing. As one works, one will discover which method is best for one’s particular style of creativity. This is part of the joy of writing: The discovery of topic and personal style.

This sense of discovery covers both the material researched and also the writers own working style. Is it best to plan or to write in a more unstructured fashion? Is the most beneficial environment for work in the company of others, such as in a shared office space, a writers’ room, or a café or does the author work best in private? What time of day is most conducive to creativity? These are all questions that will be answered as the writer begins the writing journey. Some writers prefer to learn by trial and error through a self-guided journey of discovery; others through structured instruction such as formal classes or by questioning successful authors.

writerWhichever camp that one falls into, reading one of the many excellent tomes on topic of writing and publishing can help guide the prospective author. Writers are best served when they are also readers. One positive thing that that the aspiring author can do in the process of creating one’s own work is to read books on the topics of the writing process, publishing industry, visualization, motivation, psychology, and anything and everything related to one’s chosen topic.

Once a completed first draft of the manuscript is complete, it will guide the writer on the final part of the journey of crafting the book. A completed manuscript is something that the writer can show and share with engaged and educated friends and peers for advice on what is currently working well and what will benefit from revision.

A perfected manuscript is then ready to be taken to the printers, shared with an agent, or handed over to an editor. With patience and diligence, one can fulfill one’s goal of gifting the world with the presentation of a new book: literature, travelogue, poetry non-fiction, essays, or journalistic reportage. Whatever goals the writer set out to accomplish can be obtained with persistence and the careful application of craft. The prize is a unique and very special new book for the world to enjoy.