Let’s say you’ve got a great idea for a book, but you don’t write. What are your options? Well, if you’re like me, your options are to get started on the project or to do nothing at all. I am not an expert by any means when it comes to writing. If I can write a good book that people read and enjoy, then I’m happy! So let’s get started! First off, start out with some research. Do some research on what kind of books are successful in your genre or niche’ and what kind of books sell well in the market place. A lot of information is available online about this stuff so use it wisely! There is plenty more information available online about how to market books after they’re written so we’ll talk about that later. Many content providers are hiring writers to write ebooks these days. If you’re looking for work, I would recommend finding one of these companies. They are always in demand and it’s a good way to get started writing.
Once you have your idea in place, develop your characters and plot in detail. Make sure that the premise of the book makes sense and is easy to follow so that readers can enjoy it without getting lost! There are many ways to do this, but if you’re stuck here are some tips:
Developing Characters– It’s important that your characters have clear goals or objectives when creating a story line for them. Your reader should be able to relate with them because they want something bad enough! A lot of times when people write books they just give their character something cool like super powers or an awesome vehicle but what does he/she want with it? Try to create an emotional connection between your character and the reader by giving him/her real life problems like family issues or financial problems (even if they aren’t relatable). I heard once that people buy books (or anything else for that matter) because they want happiness; whether it be money, love, success etc. Make the characters’ goals something that readers can relate to and they’ll want to read your book!
Developing a Plot– When creating a plot, make sure it’s interesting enough to keep people reading. I’m going to give you a little secret: people don’t like reading about boring stuff. Your main character should have a cool goal or objective that he/she wants bad enough, but there should also be obstacles in their way. It doesn’t have to be super hard, but they should have some challenges along the way! If your character is trying something new for the first time it will definitely be challenging! That’s what motivates people. People love seeing others overcome obstacles and succeed so make sure you put those kinds of things in your story line! Also, try not to just go straight from point A to B without any distractions because that will cause readers’ interest level drop off if it goes on too long. Don’t worry about having an obvious climax with a big fight scene at the end of your book either because most likely no one is going ot read it if they aren’t interested in what you’re writing about yet anyway.
Once you have all of these things down, it’s time to start writing. Go ahead and write that book! I don’t think there is any right or wrong way to do this part. Just go for it! You can really just write anything about anything in your books so be creative! I’m not going to go into detail about how to structure your book because everyone is different. If you’re stuck on what order chapters should be in, look at other successful books and find out what works well for them. In fact, if you’re having trouble with the structure of a particular chapter or section of your book then just copy the format from a successful one that has been written by someone else who knows what they are doing.
Now comes the easy part: editing and proofreading your work! This is where most writers fail because they don’t spend enough time on this step while their books are still fresh in their minds (or even while they are still writing them). Don’t worry, if you aren’t an expert proofreader yourself there are plenty of people out there who will do it for free or fairly cheap so find one of those people and get started editing your work right away! Most writers use Microsoft Word or something along those lines when editing their work but whatever program makes sense for you might be best.
When you’ve finished editing and proofreading your book, it’s time to get it out there. This is where the real work comes in! You’ll need an author page or website for your book if you plan on selling it online. It’s probably a good idea to join a social networking site like Facebook and start building up a following there if you haven’t already. Once your audience starts growing, put links to your books on that site so that people can find them easily! If you’re planning on getting into the self-publishing business then I would recommend using CreateSpace for printing and distribution but I’ll write about that later in another post. Finally, don’t give up! Get started today!