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A Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Book: Phase One

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ReadersMagnet provides several services for its clients.  Over the past few months, it has gone the extra mile and started a series of blogs to help writers everywhere with their work.

For today’s blog, ReadersMagnet takes readers through the first part of the process of writing a book.

First off, writers have to ask themselves the question – What does it take to write a book?  Below are the three phases:

Phase One: The Start

Writers have to start writing. This sounds obvious, but it may be the most overlooked step in the process.  To write a book, start by deciding first what to write and how to write it.

Phase Two: Motivation

Writers will face self-doubt and the feeling of being overwhelmed, as well as a hundred other obstacles.  Planning for those obstacles keeps writers from losing their motivation.

Phase Three: Completion

The truth of the matter is nobody will care about a book that a writer almost wrote.  What really counts is the book that is actually finished, which is why writers have to complete what they started no matter what.

Now, ReadersMagnet takes everyone through the important points of Phase One.

Getting started

Writers all have to start somewhere. With writing a book, the first phase is made up of four parts:

1. Decide what the book is about

Good writing is always about something.  Write the argument of the book in a sentence, then stretch that out to a paragraph, and then to a one-page outline.  After that, write a table of contents that will serve as the main guide, then break each chapter into a few sections. Think of the book in terms of the beginning, middle, and end.  Anything more complicated will get a writer lost.

2. Set a daily word count goal

A lot of the best and most successful writers lead busy lives, according to ReadersMagnet.  But many authors don’t let that get in the way of their writing.  A page a day is only about 300 words.  Writers don’t need to write a lot; they just need to write often.  Setting a daily goal, which is very much achievable, is a good idea.

3. Schedule writing daily

Consistency makes creativity easier.  Writers need a daily deadline to do their work — that’s how they finish writing a book.  Never let a deadline pass.  Setting a daily deadline and regular writing time will ensure writers that they have don’t procrastinate. When it’s time to write, it’s time to write.

4. Write in the same place every time

It doesn’t matter if it’s a desk or a restaurant or a kitchen table. It just needs to be different from where other activities are done.  Make the writing location a special space, a place that makes it easy to get into the mood of writing.  It should also be a reminder of the commitment to finish the book, ReadersMagnet adds.

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