Sure Tips to Success if You're Writing a Book for the First Time

Toni Morrison on writing a book
Writing a book involves eliminating hurdles like impatience, irregularity in writing, swaying from the main idea and chiefly, mismanagement. No doubt, every aspiring writer has loads of enthusiasm and excitement for the publication of his/her first book, however, the journey to the final stage is not a simple one.
Writing is an art and very few are blessed with this art of expression. Most of you, who are eagerly reading this article must be either planning to write a book or must be in the first few weeks of writing your dream book. Many of us must be reading this article to get some motivation to take that extra step to start the ambitious project of writing a book for the first time. While I'm no an authority in writing books, the information presented here has been extracted from tips and techniques given by several writers all through their lives. The fundamentals are very simple and need to be followed diligently.

All forms of writing are like carving an idol or shaping wet clay into a beautiful pot by the writer. The process of getting a literature work published is painful in terms of the time, energy and imagination a writer puts behind it. However, the joys of self-expression and self-satisfaction are equally rewarding and often incomparable to the monetary benefits, that one gets from engagement in the project.
Getting Started to Write a Book
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When we are planning to take up the mammoth task of writing our first book, we must filter out all gnawing thoughts from our minds. Don't expect to master all tricks of the trade in a day or two. Rome wasn't build in one day. It takes months and years of effort to finally complete a book. Moreover, there are no black and white answers to questions related to time, days and months a writer generally takes to finish his or her book. It may be possible that you're able to write faster and effectively completing your book in just 3 months. For someone, it may take a year or two. It all depends on several factors that we can't come up with some fixed rules. So, just like a rookie, your task in the initial months is to build discipline in your writing. You have deep interest in writing and so you're pursuing it. Add hard work and discipline to that interest and the trio will take you to great heights in your chosen endeavor.

Some fundamental writing tips that will guide you in the process of writing a book have been mentioned below. While trying to inculcate these habits, ensure that you tackle one of them at a time, so that you are able to achieve perfection in each of the mentioned habits gradually. Needless to say, patience helps to produce quality work.
Schedule a Time for Writing
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Discipline is a virtue that every writer must inculcate in their writing habits. In the beginning phase of writing, try to allocate a certain fraction of your time to writing, maybe 30 minutes or a maximum of 60 minutes per day. Choose any time of the day that you are comfortable with. The allotted time may be in the early morning, at dusk or may be just before going to bed. Just sit! Relax! And start writing. But make sure that consistency is maintained regularly.

If you are penning down your thoughts on a book for the first time, then this discipline will help you in your entire career. And yes, don't let discipline be an excuse for you to not write even when your heart wants to write! Never do that. If suppose that you feel like getting up in the middle of night and write about some idea that torments your mind, go ahead and do that. Listen to the creative you as that will guide you effectively. Discipline, as aforementioned never harms and works wonders in the long run.
Remove Distractions
Concentration is a prerequisite characteristic for a writer. When you sit to write, remove all distractions. A cluttered desk, noisy room, television, Internet and music are some of the common distracting factors. Try to sit in a silent room with the least number of things to distract you. Even if you prefer typing on your PC then log out of your e-mail account or better still, just disconnect the Internet. Just keep the note pad or other writing options open so that you can start writing. Chatting with a friend and simultaneously writing is a very bad idea indeed unless you're not a veteran author. If a pen and a paper pad are your choice, choose simple stationery. Keep things simple and let nothing come between you and your words. Let the world be non-existent for some time. For those who are drafting their manuscripts for the first time, these are essential habits to be developed in the personality.
It's all About Ideas, Capture them!
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Getting engrossed the whole day thinking about your book is a waste of energy and time, besides leading to inefficiency in your other daily work. So, plan a separate time during the day, called 'idea time'. Just 15 minutes is enough for this rough drafting or conceptualizing. Take more time, as per your convenience. Plan out what you will write. You must be proceeding in your story or you may be about to introduce a new character, just plan and give a thought to them. You can even do this brainstorming few minutes before the actual writing. Once you have decided what to include, be ready to write! Capture ideas by visiting places and meeting new people. You can also write when you are feeling inspired and motivated! For writers, there are times when we just can't write and at times we are at the peak of expression. Accept it as a part and parcel of writing. Disappointment isn't the key, keep striving!
Get it Edited and Revise Often
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As you progress in the endeavor to write a book for the first time, it is mandatory that you choose someone who will love to edit your write-ups and will guide you in enhancing your writing skills. The editor can be your college teacher, some friend working in the writing department of some magazine, newspapers etc. and even your close friend who has a flair for writing and reading. In the initial stages of your writing, a paid editor is not a very bright idea as it may be quite expensive for you. Publishers and paid editors are best visited after you have a ready copy of your write up and a synopsis of the novel you are writing.

Remember, you are just on the track of penning down a book for the first time, so chalk out your plans slowly and have patience. Learn from the positive criticism of the editor and work on it instead of creating issues. Certainly, these are not the only tips for budding writers but for beginners, it is good to focus on these fundamentals. All the best for your writing works!
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