Every aspiring professional writer’s dream is to be able to finish a masterpiece and get it published. To tell you the truth, it is easy. The hardest part is the actual writing of the book you want published. You have to invest time, creativity, effort, energy, and creativity to be able to finish an essential piece of work that could potentially change your life.
What does it take to be an author? Writing is a process. Your ideas may come and go, and putting everything together happens in bits and pieces. To help you get started, here are 10 fundamental secrets you need to know to be able to successfully finish a book and get it published.
Get started by deciding what the book is about
Knowing what your book is going to be about is the first step. Think about writing your book in three parts – the beginning, the middle, and the end. After that, try to write a table of contents to make it easier for you to divide your ideas into chapters or interesting parts of your book.
Set a daily goal
Setting a daily goal is a good practice for consistency. It will make it easier for you to finish your book when you set a daily deadline for your work. Of course, this is not to say that you do not need a day off. Set a day when you can rest and not work on your book, but make sure you schedule that free day ahead of time.
Dedicate a time to work on your book every day
Dedicate a time to work on your book every day. Some artistically inclined and creative people have a unique time when they feel they’re most creative and inspired. Take advantage of this and write as much as you can until you reach your daily goal.
Have a specific place where you can write every day
It doesn’t matter if it is on your kitchen table, your study area, or your bedroom. Choose one comfortable place for you to write that will remind you of your commitment to finish your masterpiece.
Have an end goal in mind
You must begin with an end goal in mind. After knowing what to write about and setting your daily word count goal, you must also set a total word count of your book. Depending on the kind of book you are writing, it is better to set the total word count in 10 thousand words work increment. Break them down into equal word count per chapter.
Set a deadline for yourself
Celebrate each small victory like being able to finish your daily goal and your chapters. Setting a deadline makes it easier for you to assess how much work is needed to be done and how long it will take for you to finish them.
Ask for early feedback
Rewriting or editing a book takes time. It is better than you ask for early feedback for every chapter of your book to save time and if there are things that need to be revised. Choose objective advisers that can give you honest critics about your work to make sure your work is headed in the right direction.
Commit to finishing your book no matter what. It is easy to give up when you think your work is not good enough or your ideas are running out. But in order to get your work published, it must be finished.
Prepare yourself for failure
If this is your first time to finish a book and have it published for the world to read, you must embrace failure. Accept that you cannot please everybody and as a novice writer, you will mess up some things along the way. Give yourself grace and be okay with failing. This will make you even more determined to do better next time.
Keep on writing even after you finish your book
Every successful writer in the world will tell you that they are embarrassed by their first book, but without that first attempt, you will never learn. So do not be afraid to finish your book and put it out there, be okay with failing and try again. This means that you have to keep writing until you become better.
You have to start somewhere to be successful like those published authors you know. Make these tips as your guide as you begin to write your book and to remind you that you can make it, too.