Last updated on July 14th, 2017
Maybe you finished up an outlining parts of your book. Perhaps you have not put down any kind of organizing. You are not sure what to do next? The most likely, and obvious answer is to start writing a book. I have heard crazy statistics that say most people who write a book never write one. Of those who write a book, most do not finish.
What exactly is wrong?
Most people have grand ideas for their life and want to do everything. I am guilty of this. I wanted to be a policeman, chemist, and superhero while growing up. While in college, I wanted to compose music, sell insurance (it looked like a good job at the time), lead music (and more) at a church, play guitar, and help with a Christian campus organization. Currently, I want to write books, read books (for fun and to review), lead music (and more) at a church, write a blog, and start an online business. As I have gotten older the passions and desires of my life have only increased.
I finished my book because I decided to make it a priority.
How Should You Begin?
I would suggest you organize your thoughts. In the last blog post I gave a suggestion to mind map. You can also write a bunch of random ideas you have for a book and organize it later. Or you could start writing your book and let the ideas come as you continue. It really is up to you, but if you have any interest in starting or finishing a book, you have to start now.
Suggestions for an Easier Writing Experience
- Set time a write every day, or at least a few times a week. I cannot write every day, so I set aside least three days.
- Write about something you enjoy. This one is obvious, but I put this here to remind you to not write what is popular just because it sells well. (Unless you enjoy writing on those topics.)
- Create an outline/plan for how you will structure your book. Once again, I mind map.
- If you are unsure which direction to to go in your book, I would recommend taking a day or so to think about ideas. If I get stuck on how to continue, I will immediately stop writing. I’ll put those options in my mind-map. I will sometimes continue writing on a different scene in the book. This can help clarify what I would like to do for the section(s) beforehand.
- Just give up. Sometimes it’s better to give up. It’s so much easier to give up, but you may regret it in the future. Do you really want to take that chance? Start writing!