Guys. I finished my second book this year. So happy. I've decided that writing 'the end' is my absolute favourite thing to do. Oh my goodness, that feeling when you write those two words in proud, capital letters after the pages and pages of unique story. It's the best. Your work is finished. Done. You have your book. Squeefulness.
But no. Your work isn't quite done. I still have the hours of drafting and re-doing laying before me and -beh- I personally think that process rather boring. But yes, it has to be done. And you're making your book better.
Today I'm not here to talk about the aforementioned book I just finished. I wrote a little about it here, but I shan't drool on about it right now. :-) Today I'll share with you some tips I thought useful for writing a book in a month's time.
Set a word-limit for your days
This is something which has made my book grow so quickly. I forced myself to write one-thousand words every day, and two-thousand on Saturdays. Well, I say forced. I loved it. I got a little carried away now and then - sometimes managing to punch down three-thousand! I don't want to sound boastful, of course, and seriously, it sounds more than it is. And yes, I must admit some days were really hard. Then I had to go to bed with just 600 words done. Bad day. :-) And yes, some busy schooldays had no words at all. Sad day. :-(
I understand that one-thousand words a day would be a real challenge for some people. You don't have to set your word-limit high. If you know you'll only be able to manage two-hundred, do that. But set a word-limit. It'll really help you, I promise. :-)
Turn off the Internet
This is hard for many people, including myself. When you're typing on your laptop, what can distract you from your story is the Internet. I often thought, 'Oh, let me see if there's a comment on my dashboard. Oh look, this and that has written a post. Let me comment on that.' And so on. Last Saturday I found myself so distracted that I just turned off the internet. That worked! I got three-thousand words done that day. :-)
Write when it's quiet
Being the second of a big family of nine (ten soon!) it's hard for me to find a quiet five minutes in the house! I normally write the most in the evenings - the two hours before I go to sleep or read my evening book. It's the quietest then, and I can concentrate the best. Of course, I don't want to spend every evening on the laptop - and I've become quite used to writing stuff with people peering over my shoulder. But still, the best thoughts come in silence. Or so they do with me.
Also, I've learnt it's a good idea when you write during the same time each day. I don't know why. It just works best to have your set writing-time.
Write when you don't feel like it
Okay. If you really hate your book, stop it. I don't mean it that way.
But if there's a day where you have a lot of time but just don't really feel like writing just force yourself to. I've had it, don't worry. But once I'd dragged myself through two paragraphs, my fingers started typing faster and then I had gotten back into it. It's really works. Be bossy with yourself. Yes, Emma, I know I'm good at that. :-P
What I just mean to say - don't give up. Strive on. You shall finish that book.
(Don't) read really good books
Ahem. I take that back. Because this is a really personal one. For example, I personally don't read Lynn Austin when I'm in the middle of writing a book. Because always, after reading one of her books, my heart is all aflutter and ablaze about how good it is. And then, when I go back to my book, I feel like it's absolutely awful and soppy. And seriously, it's so demotivating. :-) But yes, as I said, this is probably a rather weird writing-book rule. Actually, you should read really good books - they'll improve your writing style.
Okay. I really take that rule back. It looks so silly when typed out. Lynn Austin would be able to write it so nicely. I'm such a baaad wriiiter! *goes crying in cushion*
Write because you love it
You don't like writing? Don't write, for Pete's sake! Find something else you like. Don't just write a book for the sake of it.
Write because you LOVE it. And it'll be a lovely process. You'll love writing your book!
What do you think of these tips?
Do you agree/disagree?
Do you have some other tips to share?