Have you ever wondered how to successfully write your very first book? Maybe you have already written your first book, and now you are looking for ways to improve as you write more books. Maybe you are just always on the lookout for good tips that can improve your technique in even the smallest of ways. Well, look no further! Last week we went over things not to do. Here are some EXCELLENT tips on things TO do, in order to make your writing as successful as possible.
Things you SHOULD DO in order to write a successful book:
- Get a good editor: Finding a reputable editor is a great way to make sure you are putting your best work out there. It is true that you get what you pay for, so when I say reputable, I don’t mean the first editor you find online who charges the lowest rate. Do some research and ask around. Having a good editor is a valuable resource. You can check out a few I recommend on my resources page.
- Get a proofreader: Since there are certain small errors that can be caused due to the editing process, it’s a good idea to have a proofread done after your book has been edited. As with editing, it is a valuable resource when it comes to putting out your best work.
- Set some goals: Whether it’s a writing quota based on how many words you are going to get down that day, or how many pages you are going to write by the end of the week, setting goals will help you stay on track. If you are working on a deadline, whether professional or personal, setting goals will give you something to aim for and make sure you don’t fall way behind schedule.
- Review and move forward: It may help you get back into the swing of things by reviewing what you wrote the previous day. Just make sure you don’t get off track and spend an hour or two re-writing, changing vocabulary choices, and trying to perfect sentences. The idea is to get you back into the story. There will be plenty of time for editing later.
- Read something new: Read a book (not your own), a blog, some poetry, etc. Reading can help you improve your own style and open your mind up to help you with your own work when it comes time to write another book.
- Manage time and space: Make sure you have a place where you know you can be productive. If you don’t have an office, perhaps another quiet place, café, or outdoor area is where you feel the most productive. It’s important to have a place, wherever it is. Trying to write on the couch with the TV on or the kids running around or your significant other chatting with you, is not likely to be conducive to writing a successful book. By the same token, you need to manage your time. It’s along the same lines. Make sure you have designated time to work. It will lead to much more productivity then trying to write here and there or in between doing a million other things.
- Set some boundaries: This is similar and goes hand in hand with the point above. You will need to set boundaries for your friends and family. Sometimes it can seem less like work and more like a hobby if you are hanging out on the couch writing a little here and a little there. You need to make it clear that this is a passion and also your job. Make sure work time is work time, and having a designated place and/or times to work can help with this (as I mentioned above).
- Communication: Make sure to respond to your readers. If they email you or ask questions on your page or a blog that you have, take the time to answer them in an efficient manner. Communication is huge and will go a long way to making your loyal readers feel that they are valued, and they will want to continue investing in your great writing.
- Use any and all rejection positively: Rather than let a not-so-successful book you wrote or a rejection from a publisher tear you down, use it and learn from it. Take any criticism constructively and use it to do a better job on the next book. The better product you put out there, the more successful it will be.
- Analyze already successful books: By asking questions about books that are already successful, you can use the answers to strengthen your own work. Questions such as, “Why do I like this lead character?” and “What is it that makes me want to turn the page and keep reading?” can lend some insight into tactics you can incorporate into your own work to improve the success of your book.
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