I remember when I first started on my journey to write my first book. I knew it would be hard and yet I was still so unprepared. I figured it would take a few weeks because I was not trying to write the next great American novel. I was just trying to share my thoughts on being single in your 30’s and why it bothered so many people. When I was finally done, I did not realize it was such a great accomplishment, until other friends and family members told me they wanted to do the same, but could not find the time. So, how do you bang out your first book? Here are some of my takeaways.
It is your book
Do not worry about the length or if anyone is going to like it. This is a life goal, something you need to accomplish for yourself. One of my co-workers remarked it is another way to gain immortality. He was so right because your book will be available for years to come, even when your body no longer walks this earth.
You are in for the long haul
This will take time. You will have good writing days and bad writing days. Sometimes I would feel like a failure because I could only get a sentence out. A sentence! How do you get over the hump? You need to figure out what kind of writer you are. Do you need solitude? Can you write in chaos? Does nature inspire you or long walks? Once you find a routine that works for you, stick to it. I spent 6 months of weekends and lunch breaks working on my first book. I practically lived in Barnes and Noble.
Tools for inspiration
There is nothing better than a google search to find out how other writers got to completion. One of the best tools to help me bang out my first book was 750 words. I read fellow writers blog posts, looked at their websites, and found this gem. 750 words will hold you accountable. You have to pay $5 a month and it will track your progress on how many days you got to 750 words. Do not worry about spelling or grammar, just write. Before you know it a couple of chapters will be completed.
Use your blog as your guide
Besides 750 words you can also use your blog. Your blog can be the starter for your book and put you in touch with other new authors. My first blog was a wordpress.com site and once I started writing about my high and lows, I was able to connect with fellow artists. Also, a few of my posts were catalysts to some of my chapters.
One of my favorite Hawaiian words, family. Family comes in many different forms and you will need to lean on them during this time. They will help you get over hurdles, be a source of inspiration, your copy editors, and cheerleaders. Your Ohana will help you turn your blank pages into your own unique story.
I would love to hear how some of you were able to bang out your first book. Please feel free to comment below and follow me on Twitter and Facebook for more tips.