So you want to write a book, you know where to begin. Yet as you sit down to write it suddenly dawns on you that you have to actually write a book, more than two pages long. I know how you feel. After doing TONS of research and calculating I figured out how to write a book in one year. Now you’re probably asking if I have ever written a book myself in a year, well….no. I haven’t, sorry, but in writing this post I plan to do it so every month I will update on how my story is going. Now let’s examine my research and calculating.
- Have a Game Plan
Plan, outline, and decide the plot, have “good bones” for your book. This will make it easier to stay focused and to generally know where your book is heading.
- You Have to Actually Write,
I know, cheesy, any way you sit down and write, leave space for notes and corrections. Most of the time I think of something better to write after I’ve written down the sentence.
- Set Goals
Establish a daily word count goal, maybe it’s a page a day. Weekly or Monthly deadlines are for how many chapters do you want written per week or month? However if you’re on a role feel free to continue writing past your goal. Here is some of my research:
40,000–60,000 words = standard nonfiction book. 110-165 words per day.
60,000–80,000 words = long nonfiction book / standard-length novel. 165-220 words per day.
80,000 words–100,000 words = long novel. 220-274 words per day. (which is roughly a page)
- Get Regular Feedback
Have a friend, parent, peer, teacher, or a random stranger check your work, weekly or monthly. Well, maybe not the random stranger, but having someone check your work will help this process move faster and keep you motivated.
- Don’t let Your Inner Editor Out
(It’s the first draft) Nobody is perfect in their first draft, Nobody! Before you edit, finish your first draft. Then go back and edit, after that you will begin working on your second draft.
Okay, I’ve told you how to write a book in a year, now go! Write! So what will I be doing? I am going to write 125 words per day (except on the weekends). I would like to have at least 3 chapters done per month. I hope to have My fellow blog writer to give regular feedback and a few of my teachers to edit. My Book will be about….drumroll…. A girl in the 14th century who meets one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men. I don’t want to focus on Robin Hood or any of the main characters from that story. Instead, I will focus on the background characters of the Robin Hood story. For the sake of IWTPTB (I Want To Publish This Book) I will not be releasing the outline. However, I will give you, my dear readers, sneak peeks and snippets from my writing.
Update: DAY 1 will be posted November 20, 2017!