Lots of people around the world have different motivations to write a book. Many of them embark on this great journey, some others never do it. Having doubts and fear is totally human, but writing a book may eventually become a really unique and positive experience with many advantages to take from it.
Here I’m going to share some tips for all the people who think they can’t write a book, and I’m sure these tips will be really helpful for them.
1. Stop saying “I’m not a writer”. Everyone has the potential to be a writer. Continuing to tell yourself otherwise is nothing more than an empty excuse. Reverse the energy. You can be a writer. Tell yourself, “I am absolutely capable of writing.”
2. Don’t wait for perfect words. If every sentence has to be a flawless work of art, then you will sit in fear. Know that once you have started, you can go back and revise what you have. But until you start, you will never know where you are trying to go. Writing is like cleaning a messy room: the only way a large mess gets cleaned up is to start tidying one small corner at a time.
3. Talk to yourself — out loud. It’s less stressful for most people to chat with a friend than writing something. In conversation, it’s generally accepted that we might have to stop, correct ourselves and continue speaking. Allow yourself that same freedom in your writing process. If that’s hard to do, talk out loud to yourself to get the thoughts flowing.
4. Move words, sentences, paragraphs around the page like pieces of a puzzle. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of ideas banging around your head, jot the ideas down, one by one, in a loose cross between thought-notes and an organizational outline. Then, you can slowly work your way down your list, flushing out concepts into sentences and paragraphs without worrying that you might forget something critical.
5. Crystallize your point into a few words. When you sit down to write something be sure that you have done your research and know precisely what you mean to communicate. If you’re struggling to write, it may be a sign that you are confused about what you want to say. Condense the main point of what you are trying to say into just a short phrase or sentence and you’ll have a better shot at composing a tight, organized piece of writing.
6. Get rid of the Internet. Eliminate distractions by going offline and opening a document that only allows you to write on your computer desktop. You can use different apps which blocks all of your connections to the Internet for an allotted time. Let go of the distractions so that you can focus thoroughly. Also, having a very specific physical routine associated with writing helps some people get into the writing groove. Maybe there is a seat at a particular desk that you associate with writing, maybe you write best at a certain time of day or maybe you need to have a strong and refreshing coffee when you write.
7. Don’t think that you always have to start at the beginning. Just because they call it the introduction does not mean that you have to start at the beginning. If you know what you want the middle paragraph to be, then start there. Write the portion that you know best first and then work out from there.
8. Set deadlines for yourself. I think this one is a very important tip. Even if you don’t need to write on a deadline, set deadlines for yourself. And stick to them. You must stop procrastinating.
Consider the strategies mentioned above to get writing motivation and I’m sure it will be beneficial for all those who aspire to write.