Have you ever wanted to write a book but felt like you didn’t have the time or skills to do so?
Most people have an idea that they want to share with the world, but they just don’t know how.
If you’re just starting out, trying to write an entire book can feel like an impossible task. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!
Here are some tips to help you get started on your first book as a beginner writer:
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Start by setting up your writing environment.
- Step 2: Decide what the book is about
- Step 3: Create a book outline
- Step 4: Set a time to work on your book every day
- Step 5: Develop a writing habit to start
- Step 6: Develop each chapter
- Step 7: Write your first draft
- Step 8: Get early feedback
- Step 9: Edit and revise
- Step 10: Finalise your second draft
- Step 11: Format and publish your book
- Final Thoughts!
Step 1: Start by setting up your writing environment.
You can do this by creating a dedicated space where you’ll be able to focus on your writing, such as a quiet room or an area away from distractions.
If you’re going to be working at home, make sure that this room is free of clutter and has plenty of light.
Step 2: Decide what the book is about
As a beginner, it’s important to decide what your book is about before starting. You can’t just write a story and have it be good—you have to have an idea of what the story is about, and what message you’re trying to convey.
This process is important because if you don’t know what your book is about, then it will just be random parts strung together that don’t make sense. You won’t know where to start or end or how long it should be.
If you know what your book is about, then you can start writing with confidence. You’ll know how to write a story that makes sense and leaves readers satisfied at the end of the day!
Step 3: Create a book outline
The process of creating a book outline before starting the actual writing process (even if it’s just one sentence!) will allow you to see how everything goes together and get excited about what’s coming next in your story!
Step 4: Set a time to work on your book every day
It’s important that you set yourself achievable goals when writing your book so that you don’t get overwhelmed by how much work there still is left to do on it once it’s done!
Step 5: Develop a writing habit to start
Writing every day will help keep you focused on your goal, so try putting aside ten minutes per day for writing if possible. This might mean waking up earlier than usual or finding a quiet corner after dinner when everyone’s gone to bed!
Step 6: Develop each chapter
Once you’ve got the basics down, start thinking about how each chapter will function in the overall scheme of things. You want each chapter to stand alone as well as work within the larger narrative arc of the book itself—but not at the expense of either!
Start by asking yourself these questions: What’s going on in this chapter? Why does this matter? How does it relate to what came before? And what might happen next?
Step 7: Write your first draft
This may seem like the most obvious step here, but it’s also the most important one. Don’t worry about editing as you go along—just focus on getting all of your ideas down on paper (or computer screen). This will help you avoid getting stuck in an endless cycle of revisions and rewrites that never end up producing anything new or interesting.
Plus, once you have something concrete to work with, it’ll be easier for you to figure out what needs fixing and where the holes are in your narrative structure!
Step 8: Get early feedback
Once you have some semblance of a draft completed, it’s time for feedback to get a better idea of which part of the book is working and what could use some work!
This is where friends and family come in handy: you can ask them what they think about your story so far and see if there are any parts they didn’t understand or if there are any characters who don’t seem as realistic as you had envisioned.
Step 9: Edit and revise
When writing your first draft, it’s important to remember that this is just the beginning. You’ll want to go back over your work and make sure there aren’t any mistakes or typos before you publish it.
You can do this by reading your draft out loud to yourself or by getting it critiqued by a friend or family member. This will help you catch typos and grammatical errors that you may have missed while writing.
Step 10: Finalise your second draft
Once you’ve made sure everything’s perfect in your first draft, it’s time for a second one! Take some time away from your text to let it sit for at least 24 hours before editing again. This will help ensure that you’re not looking at it with fresh eyes when making changes—which can help ensure that they’re not just wishful thinking on your part!
Step 11: Format and publish your book
Format your book for whatever medium you plan to publish it in—this could be online or in print, but either way, formatting will be different!
If you’re putting it online, remember that people will want to be able to read it easily, so make sure all of your paragraphs are short enough to fit on one screen without scrolling.
If you’re putting it in print, make sure that everything looks good when printed out at full size (which can vary depending on how big or small a font you prefer).
Writing a book is something that many people dream of doing, but never get around to doing. If you’re of those people who find the writing process intimidating, we hope this article has helped you to realize that writing a book is something to be proud of and that the process can be a joyous one.
If you do decide to write your book, keep us posted! We’d love to hear how it goes!
Kylie, from Rock the Stage, Page & Screen, has been involved with public speaker training, TEDx Talk script development and writing, speaker sizzle reels, and more for the past 9 years. She wants to share her knowledge and expertise with others.