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How to Write a Book in Five Easy Steps

Updated on October 20, 2019

The Fear

The idea of writing and publishing a book can be a scary thing. People can have amazing ideas that would look great in a book, but never actually get around to writing it.

Why is that?

One reason is that many people are too lazy and not interested in putting in the time and effort into writing a book.

Another reason could be because they are scared it will be a poorly written book and it will be embarrassing. But the truth is even famous authors are embarrassed of their first book. Nothing to be ashamed of!

So here we'll go through five easy steps too completing a book.

Number One: Finding the inspiration to write

Finding an inspiration is an essential part to writing any book. Because without this nothing gets the ball rolling and your book will never be written.

There are many ways to do this, whether it be drinking from your favourite mug and just relaxing or anything that relaxes you to just think.

Once you have an inspiration and a good idea of what you want the book to be about we will go to the next step.

Number Two: Start writing

One of the main killers here is procrastination. It kind of creeps up on you until you decide not to write after all, because you might think, who's going to read this book either way or something to that effect.

So the best way to defeat this problem is to just forget about everything else and just start writing right away. Whether it be with a physical piece of paper (yes they still exist) or on your laptop, the main idea is to just start writing right away. Don't delay with this because it is a key part of this process.

Number Three: Voracious self-editing

Another key part of the process is to always look back on what you've done so far, and fix any loose ends. It's extremely important to constantly edit your own works before you show it to anyone else.

Maybe after every page or two, or maybe after every chapter whatever fits your mold, but you need to constantly edit and edit and more editing.

Number Four: Complete it

So many books go unpublished every year simply because the author, didn't for some reason finish his book. It could be for a few reasons, one that he was too afraid to publish it. Another reason could be that he didn't think it was good enough.

All these reasons don't really matter when it comes down to it, because in the end nobody cares if you don't sell any copies.

This is very important to actually complete the book, and do it as fast as possible.

Number Five: Publish it

This might be the hardest step of them all, actually getting the manuscript published. Because all publishing companies are swamped daily with submissions of books and the like, and they don't have time to read all of them. This is a big problem, so to avoid this it's a good idea to have a flashy cover and title, so the publishers notice your above everyone else's books.

As soon as your done your book edit it very carefully, and maybe get someone else to edit it, then send it to as many publishers as you can.

© 2019 Naftali Clinton


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