14 “animated” steps to write a book
This week, I spent an impressive amount of hours editing my book. Writing a book can be rough at times, but I love it. What can I say? If you’re a writer, you’ll understand. So, I wanted to do something a little different, something… animated. It’s Friday after all! We should all smile a little.
Interested in writing a book? Already writing one? Follow these 14 (or maybe more) animated steps. You’ll know if this is for you, and if you’ve written a book, this might look familiar.
How to write a book in 14 steps.
Step 1: Get the right idea for your book.
You’ll need to get an idea so good that you’ll feel compelled to write the second it hits you. Be passionate by your topic.
Step 2: Do your research
Own your topic like a crazy mad person… or not. Just know what you’re talking about. Be credible.
Step 3: Outline your novel
Outline, but leave some room for imagination
Step 4: Write the first draft
This is where the fun begins. Don’t stop until you have a complete manuscript. Have fun with it!
Step 5 – Celebrate your writing
It was hard, but you did it. Be proud of you. Take a moment to celebrate this achievement, because, YES, you did it.
Step 6 – Allow a waiting period before editing
Let it sit for a while and grab a book. This time will give you the distance you need to edit with focus. Meanwhile, read as much as you can.
Step 7 – Edit your book
Beware it might hurt your eyes. You might wonder how you could have even considered this draft as remotely good, and it might depress you. But, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there.
You might even freak out, and even want to go there, but don’t!
Edit, edit, and edit.
Step 8 – Send it to your Beta Readers
After several rounds of edits where you carefully look at plot, pacing, characters, structure, writing styles and so on, it’s time for beta readers. Give them specific instructions, so they know what to look for.
Also, your cat may not be able to do the job… I’m just saying. Hopefully, it won’t plot against you.
Yes… having people read your book might do that, but it’s ok. It’s an important step.
Step 9 – Edit some more
Did I say edit? Edit again, read out loud and edit again
Step 10 – Send your book to a professional editor
But, only when you think you can’t do better.
And I meant by email… or mail. It might be more efficient.
Step 11 – Use your waiting time efficiently
Fight the urge to eat all the chocolate or bite your nails. Make sure you’re on the right track with your Author Platform, start your promotion, guest post, or start outlining your next book.
Step 12 – Edit again and again
Several rounds of edits may be needed… ok let’s be honest, it will be needed…
Get that fire in you burning (but not literally)! Nothing can distract you from finishing this book… well, maybe a few things, but for the sake of it, let’s say nothing can.
Step 13- Read proof
When you’re absolutely sure it’s ready, have someone else (preferably someone who never read the book) read proof your book. You’ll need a fresh pair of eyes.
I know what you think by now.
Well, yes, it is hard! It takes a lot to become a writer. But, spend the time necessary to make your story a page turner. No rush!
Step 14 – Query agents or go with self-publishing
It’s up to you at this point, but know that another journey begins here. I certainly hope you have that energy and enthusiasm when you get there because, let’s be honest, you’ll need it.
And here is how you write a book in 14 steps!
Ok! I know what you’re all thinking…
I know, right?!? LOL, I can see the editor in you cringe.
Complete these 14 steps and you’ll be ready for another adventure. Publishing is another lengthly journey, but if it’s worth every sweat and headaches. Whether you go with traditional or self-publishing, bear in mind that the writer in you should take a backseat and let the PR/business entrepreneur/publisher take over.
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