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How to Write a Book in 7 steps

1. Establish your writing space.
You don't have to find a fancy sanctuary but yes, a comfortable place, where no one can distract you, and where you won't get diverted by something or someone. Most of the writers started off on their couch and with a typewriter. Today, technology has facilitated us in every possible way. If you find an amazing place for sitting and writing without breaking your tempo and flow - that is all you need. Born writers can write anywhere, they are not restricted by circumstances and environment.

2. Learn About Yourself
Everybody is different. Some work better at nights, some exhibit maximum productivity during day time. Nobody is productive all the time. Writing block is real. If while writing you feel tempted to listen to a podcast, or watch something online - it is a sign that you are not finding what you are doing interesting and exciting enough. Your book is your own project. You can modify parts of it without waiting for approval. Set your schedule according to your convenience. Google if you can’t find answers for something. Make sure you have a reliable internet connection. I have utilized Spectrum offers ever since I planned to write and launch my book, right up until now.

3. Decide your BIG idea
Once you decide what you are going to write, think like a reader first. Research about it, find out if people are searching for it, are there already books in the market on this subject, are people writing or discussing this on varied platforms, so on and so forth. Figure out the reason why would people buy your book and what is the value you are giving them through this book. Are they learning anything new or getting a new perspective? The list is never-ending, I could suggest a direction but diving deep for finding the answers is your responsibility. Develop your idea further, change the direction after researching online and offline both, contact readers, join groups where people read books and where a writer's community exists in order to find the current and forthcoming trends in the industry.

3. Do the Math
Now that you have decided on the topic you are going to write a book on, it is the right time to determine the length of your book, to take into consideration the standard length, and also how much you would like to write. You have to decide how much time you would need to complete the book - divide the total word count with the number of days and that is how you get your daily target.

4. Break the project into outlines.
Outline of your book in terms of chapters, subjects you are going to discuss or the approach you are going to take in order to push the story forward, will serve as a roadmap for you. Write your outline and follow that. You can also divide your work in chapters and write whichever you want to write first. However, if you follow your outline from the top, one-by-one, this will reflect in the flow and the tone of your content and will be felt by the readers.

5. Set your writing schedule.
Now that you know the topic, the number of words and your deadline, set your writing schedule. Of course, convenience comes first but so does the pressure of delivery. No matter what you do, make sure you do not compromise on the quality of work. Learn to deal with your creative block. The key to writing either a book or daily assignments is to just write. Even if you don't feel like writing, you write. The only solution to unblock the writer's block is writing, irrespective of the immediate factor that brings you back to it. Don't go too hard on yourself. Set the word limit which is easily achievable. Even on the days you get busy or just can’t manage to follow your own writing schedule, write for twenty to thirty minutes so you don't get stuck with guilt or lag far too behind.

6. Write, write, and write.
If you lack confidence as a writer, you don't need to wait for your book to reach the market in order to establish yourself as a writer. You are a writer already, be confident about your skill, it will reflect in your book. Just accept you are a writer, anyone who can express through words is a writer. You will become an author, once you get your book published, not a writer. Pick something of your own and follow that, do not go for hard vocabulary, however, the choice of words and difficulty level totally depends on your targeted readership. Write compelling headlines, opening lines, conclusive notes and sustain the momentum.

7. Know when to edit and when not to edit.
When you are writing, don't be too critical of yourself. Just turn off your internal editor when you are writing the first draft. Conclude the book on a roaring note. Once you get done, read everything again and turn yourself into a ferocious self-editor, add or reduce the content; be honest with your subject and your readers. Now you can also hire a freelance editor or request an author to peer-review your content and return the favor – negotiate for the services if you cannot pay for the same.

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