From An Idea To Writing A Book
One of the most challenging parts of writing your first, or ninth, novel is trying to come up with an idea. For anyone who’s made an attempt at pulling together a background or concept for a book you know what a headache the process can be. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, nearly every writer struggles with overcoming many of the same hurdles. Follow the steps below to help begin the process.
1. Write It Down
Organize your ideas by using mind mapping tools and idea clouds. By writing everything out you’ll begin to see how connections can be formed and you might discover a few new angles too.
2. Outline The Content
Once you’ve decided how your ideas will be pulled together, organize them. This means transitioning from the free thought approach that you took in step one. Use the outline to illustrate logical steps that will take you as a writer and also the reader from the beginning to the middle to the end of your book.
3. Edit, Edit & Edit
Actual writing is a wonderful thing. You’ll feel elated as you begin to see the pages accumulate in your manuscript. However, as proud as you may be it’s important to take a step back and include unbiased individuals in the review process. Use a professional editor or a trusted (and experienced) member of your target audience to flesh out inconsistencies and errors.
4. Print & Publish
Once you’re satisfied with your final creation it’s time for printing and publishing. Depending on what route you’ve chosen to take, you may be working with a literary agent, a traditional publishing house or perhaps you’ve decided to self-publish or explore print on demand options. Whichever path you choose you’ll need to weave in how you’ll distribute, sell and market your book.
Undoubtedly there will be hiccups and mishaps along the way, but remember to stay strong and be persistent. Positive thinking and enthusiasm are instrumental in the process and in reaching your final book goals.