The truth is, anyone can write a book. There is no need to seek permission or validation. If people have published books from prison cells, you pretty much have the license to do so anywhere and anytime you please. It will happen — but not without the effort.
Everything about writing is easier said than done. While it’s possible for a non-writer to produce a bestseller, being articulate doesn’t always come naturally. If this is the case, take a writing class. Learn the fundamentals. Figure out how to say what you want to say so that readers are interested and enticed. Now would be a good time to revive past English papers — even the nightmarish ones.
When you think you’ve reigned in (and possibly mastered) some valuable skills, decide what you want to write about. Don’t worry about how your idea may be received. Think about what is meaningful to you and possibly to others. Most important is your outline. Come up with a beginning, middle, and end — but allow things to change.
Set daily goals. Writing a book is not a weekly activity. While a burst of inspiration may up your word count over the weekend, you could encounter a stump. Think about how much writing you can achieve in a day, whether by pages or word count. And don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s not about writing a lot but writing frequently. Don’t forget to set overall goals as well. Don’t worry about length — but consider whether you want your book to be novella-style or standard length.
In line with setting goals is organizing your schedule. If your daily life is fairly regulated, pick a time to write each day. Think of your schedule as a strict deadline, otherwise you won’t be motivated. Reward yourself for a good job done every now and then.
Publishing a book is not just about you. Find someone who can help edit your work. While it is a good and necessary investment to find a renowned editor, gather feedback from your family and friends. With that being said, don’t take criticism personally. More often than not, people are not out to attack your writing. Be constantly open-minded and think about what others would enjoy as well.
When all is said and done, decide whether you want to hire a publisher or self-publish. While self-publishing may seem like the reasonable thing to do as a first-time book writer, it also demands more work. Are you willing to take risks? Can you go the extra mile? Weigh the pros and cons of each option. Perhaps you can consult with someone involved in the publishing world.
See your book through to the end. Be proud of yourself, separate from sales. Most of all, keep writing. You don’t have to produce another book. If you’ve fallen in love with the craft, there are many different ways to engage with it. Keep practicing! Start a blog. Write a column. Create a zine. Constantly hone your skills. You never know when you’ll come up with something even more meaningful.