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If You've Always Wanted To Write A Book, Here's How : Life Kit

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If You've Always Wanted To Write A Book, Here's How : Life Kit
Everyone has a book in them. Everyone also has a crummy inner voice telling them it's never going to happen. This episode will help shut down those distracting voices and get you started writing a book. After all, all it takes to be a "real writer" is to do some writing.

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Writing a book: don't wait for someday

Writing a book: don't wait for someday

You have to create the conditions to write. Carve out some time to write, then start writing. Use the little moments in your day when you're not doing anything.

Or, sit at your computer, and write for one hour, take a break, then write again for another half hour or so. It doesn't matter if it is good or not. Just plough ahead.

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Read, then read some more

When you want to write a book, reading helps you figure out what you like. Reading good writers can help you make your own voice better.

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There's no one "right" way to write

Some writers plan first. Other writers just jump in and wing it. Some writers are in-between planning and winging it.

You don't need to know which kind of writer you are when you're starting out. Just try something and see what works for you.

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Writing a book: look for an outside perspective

Writing can be really hard. When you're stuck, call up a friend with a different way of thinking, or talk to a friend who's writing a book to help you think through the issue in your book.

You can also reach out to other writers that can provide support. One way to find them is to read the acknowledgements in books.

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When a book: accept that you will make mistakes

A writing group or accountability partner can help provide perspectives that aren't your own, and tell you when you've gotten something wrong.

Maybe your prose is clunky, or your character depictions are not good, or stereotypical. Learn to accept criticism with grace and humility.

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Believe that you are a real writer

What makes you a writer is the fact that you ...write. Believing you are a real writer will give you power on the page.

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Create the conditions to write

Create the conditions to write
  • Make the time for writing. We all have those absent-minded moments in our day when we're not doing anything. If we use that time to write, we can actually get a lot done...

There's no one "right" way to write

Some people plan ahead their and outline their novels, others just jump in a wing it.Experiment, start with something and see what works for you.

Try to show up for your characters. It's not important how you do it, as long as you do it.

Find your people

  1. When you feel a bit stuck, and walking the dog or organizing the closet doesn't help, speak to a friend with a different way of thinking. Or talk to a friend who's writing a book.aaa

  2. You don't just have to stick to friends. Reach out to other writers who can talk through any issue you're having with your book.

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The first draft

The first words you write are the first draft. Writing is thinking. You'll rarely know what exactly you want to say when you start writing.

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Common errors

Most writing mistakes are widespread, but good writers just get better at spotting them. Some things you'll learn to watch for are:

  • Overuse of jargon and business-speak, like "utilize" or "endeavor" instead of "use" or "try."
  • Clichés are stale phrases that have lost their impact and novelty through overuse. If you are used to seeing it in print, don't use it.
  • The passive voice. The subject of the sentence should be the person or thing taking action, not the thing being acted on. "Harry wrote this article," is better than "This article was written by Harry."
  • Rambling. When you are not sure what you want to say, it is easy to phrase it in three or four different ways. A single concise sentence is generally better.

Give it some space

When you write something, you get very close to it. It is nearly impossible to distance yourself from it straight away to edit properly.

The longer you can leave a draft before editing, the better. Half an hour to two days is enough of a break to edit well. When you do edit, read your work out loud. You'll catch more problems and get a better feel for how everything flows.

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