Updated: May 17, 2018
So many aspiring authors are struggling with completing their manuscript. They have an idea, some have even begun writing their book but haven't finished what they've started. I believe this is due to a) lack of focus, and b) to fear. Yep, people get afraid of accomplishing a goal because they don't know what will happen once they do, so they procrastinate.
I've met quite a few people who've stated they've been writing or wanting to write a book for years, and for one reason or another haven't completed it. Well, this article will give you a few tips on how to dust off that manuscript, get your creative juices flowing, and get it done!
Create an outline.
Before you start your book, it's a great idea to know what you're going to write about in each chapter before you get started. Having an outline will help you stay focused on the message in your book. Your outline should include:
- a list of chapter topics
- introduction to each chapter
- 3 to 5 points you want to cover
- conclusion to each chapter
Set a daily writing goal.
Depending on the genre of your book, the word count of your book should be between 25,000 - 50,000. Having an idea of how many words you plan to write will help you with your daily word count. Having a writing goal will minimize stress and help you stay focused, creative, and consistent. To determine what your daily word count should be, utilize the chart below:
A) if you plan to make your book between 25,000 - 30,000 words, your daily word count should be a minimum of 1,000.
B) if you plan to make your book between 30,000 - 45,000 words, your daily word count should be a minimum of 1,500.
C) if you plan to make your book at least 45,000 words or more, your daily word count should be a minimum of 2,000.
Set a date to finish your book.
Yes! Set. A. Date! Setting a date isn't about pressure but about achievement. This is done to put some fire under you. When you create a deadline, you'll subconsciously work towards your goal effortlessly. This will also help you stay on track with your outline and word count.
Okay, so, here's the truth: writing a book isn't as easy as you'd think. Even if you have a great idea, you'll still get stuck. Writer's block is real, time gets in the way, and life happens. However, when you're serious and intentional about finishing your book, you will, no excuses. Don't worry if you don't finish your book by your deadline, you'll be close enough and that's all that matters.
So, create the outline, choose a word count, and set a date. You can handle this. I'm rooting for you!
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