Anyone can write a book. Many have the limiting belief that they need to have experience or be an expert. And guess what, you DON’T need experience or expertise to write a book. Writing a book itself is the experience.
If you find yourself wanting to write a book, but something holds you back, I can bet that it’s due to fear, doubt, or plain laziness. A book won’t write itself. It takes time and effort, most importantly, patience.
I share a few tips on how you can begin to write a book with no experience.
Write about what you know
Stick to writing about what you already know, such as your own experience, or passions. Don’t go off tangent and write about something that you don’t know, but thought it would be a good idea because it is trending or popular. Instead, be authentic. Readers can always tell when a book is written out of passion and true to the author.
Do not give yourself a deadline.
Stay away from giving yourself a deadline. Why the rush? Writing a book is like a fetus being developed in the womb; it takes time! Deadlines will stimulate unwanted stress and pressure.
Write in small chunks.
I have read by many authors that the way they complete their books is by writing 3,000 to 8,000 words a day. Which I think is ridiculous, even for the most experienced author. I do not recommend anyone doing that, especially if this is your first time writing a book. Begin by writing in small chunks, 200-500 words a day. Yes, it will take a year or more to complete it, but trust that it is worth it– be patient– never rush this process.
Set time to write everyday.
Writing every day is essential. It exercises the mind and stimulates new ideas. Set twenty minutes to write every day, and you will see how, little by little, you’ll complete writing a book with grace and confidence.
Read before writing.
Reading books every day activates the left side of my brain–the side where our imagination and creative thoughts are developed.
A comfortable space.
The best and most comfortable spaces are the ones with minimal distractions so that you can concentrate and connect with the left side of your brain. However, often times, distractions can stimulate ideas, depending on the type of book you are writing, such as a fiction novel.
Also, find a place where you can sit comfortably and with good posture. It is crucial to think of ergonomics. You wouldn’t want to wound up with back problems later in life.
Take notes as you write.
This will come in handy when you are half way writing your book. By taking notes of each chapter, characters, location, conflicts, etc., you will be able to keep track and not forget essential parts that you can later look back to and serve as a reminder. To maintain organized, I recommend writing the current date, and the chapter, at the very top of the page.
Do NOT doubt yourself.
Doubt is the main reason why many have limiting beliefs. It stems from fear of being rejected and thinking that they’re not good enough. There is no easy way to stay away from this egotistical feeling, but you can ignore it. How? By just doing what you want to pursue regardless what others might think–you will see improvements on how you view yourself– by facing your fears and building self-confidence.
I believe everyone is capable of writing a book. Again, what prevents people is self-doubt and limiting beliefs. Writing is another form of artistic expression. I am sure that every person on this planet can express themselves and use their imagination, right? Why not do it by writing a book?