Here are five tips that might help you finish a book if you find that you’re getting stuck.
Alright, let’s get right into this thing.
Don’t ever start writing your book if you haven’t completed this step because if you don’t, you’ll have a tough time finishing your book.
Before you start writing, you should at least be able to write one sentence that describes your book or explains the plot.
Here are a few examples:
It can be as simple as that. You could even take it further and write a few sentences that explain what the book is about. You don’t need to know everything that’s going to happen in your book at this point. You don’t even need to know the main character’s name.
There was a time when I read someone else’s novel and tried to imitate their writing style. While you should definitely try out different writing styles to find the one that you like, you should never copy one with the intention of making your book as good as theirs.
Don’t be upset if your sentences tend to be shorter than other authors because you aren’t the only author who likes to write this way.
An author’s writing style is like their fingerprint, and everyone’s is different. Some readers won’t like your writing style, but there will be some who do so don’t fret with how you write.
This step is where many of us get stuck while writing. While writing the first draft, you shouldn’t worry about producing a perfect book. You shouldn’t agonize over every word you type during the first draft. Save that for revision. That’s what revision is for.
Focus on finishing the book. That should be your only goal in the first draft. The first draft can be complete trash, but as long as you finished the story, then that’s all that matters. You can make the book better through revisions.
This part is the time to go back and fix issues in your book. Never skip this step because a book is never perfect after only one draft. It would be better if you were rewriting and rewriting again. There should be several drafts before you decide that it’s finished.
Each draft should focus on a specific issue in your book. The first draft should be finishing the actual story. The second draft could be focusing on exposition. The third draft could focus on character development. This way revision won’t seem like a nightmare.
Focus on one thing to make the load easier to endure.
It’s okay if, by the end of writing your book, you no longer enjoy it. It’s normal to feel this way because you’ve been exposed to your book for so long. I think any good book can be despised by its author.
If you find yourself wanting to scrap the piece, try to take a break from the book and come back with a new outlook. You might re-spark your interest and inspiration.
Those were my five tips when it comes to writing a book. If you enjoyed what you read, please leave a like and comment down below.