Skip to main content

Writing Takes Commitment


I often from people that they want to write a book, but most of them never will publish anything. They aren't committed to creating a book. They think that some day, they might get something together. To author a book, you have to be committed to the project with your heart and soul. You have to be willing to follow through on the steps: idea, outline, research, compiling, book cover design, editing and marketing.

Often, people are overwhelmed and think writing a book is daunting. It doesn't have to be that hard. Break up the project in to smaller pieces to make it less overwhelming. This is exactly what teachers tell their students who feel overwhelmed. The same is true with writing.

  1. Idea – Whether you want to write about ministry or persecution, think about your idea. Brainstorm how you can fertilize the idea. Write down the key points you want to make and determine whether your idea has merit. Pray about it. Write about it in a journal. Eventually, you will see that the idea is worthy of you.

  2. Outline – Authors work with outlines, partial outlines or no outlines. Whatever way you think is best, do that. If you are comfortable working with an outline, do it. If you are comfortable just writing, then do that too. Some people like to have a rough idea on how to go about finishing their book, such as writing chapter titles or topics for chapters. In The Dressing Table, the outline was the sections of the cookbook and possible story ideas for each section.

  3. Research – For nonfiction books, you have to do research. You should have at least 10 sources quoted or referenced. Taking the time to do thorough research will allow you to be able to write more effectively, and you will write more easily without getting blocked. Research will also show your reader that you know what you are saying. You will become an expert, and experts are more likely going to sell copies of books.

  4. Compiling – This is usually the hardest part for people. I usually recommend that authors write 10 pages a day to make the task of compiling less daunting. For a typical 250-page book, this 10 page-a-day task means that in less than a month, you will have finished your first draft. Remember that 250 pages are usually 6x9 or 5.5x8.5, so you are really writing half pages a day. It might mean you need more help and focus. Hire a coach to help you direct your writing to completion. You also might want to ask God for help. I regularly ask for God's grace. I didn't know what this week's blog was going to be. I ask God to help me think of a topic. Then, I started thinking about commitment.

  5. Book Cover Design – To be marketable, books should be professionally edited, and the covers should be designed by a professional book cover designer. Graphic designers are great; artists are great too. Book cover designers know graphics art and how it would look on a cover, the spine and the back. They also know how to deal with the printers. Your book would look great and you would get comments about it. And, let's face it. People do judge books by their covers.

  6. EditingProfessional editors will make sure your book flows from point A to point B. They will correct grammar and awkward sentences. They also would make suggestions on what could improve the book or what is slowing the reader.

  7. Marketing – Once the book is released and before it is on the shelf, marketing is so important. Many authors, especially new ones, don't know how to market their books or even why it is necessary. Your book is competing against all the other books in your category on Amazon and in bookstores. You have to find a way to be different and think of creative ways to sell it. Marketing is the hardest element of being an author. You constantly have to keep talking about your book and think of different ways to grab readers. I continue to be creative on selling 1776 series.


Popular posts from this blog

Leave Your Comfort Zone, Find Another Approach to Writing

This pandemic has changed how we do things. We can't shop or get our hair cut the same way we used to do. We have to be constantly on guard. It makes all of us uneasy. We don't feel like we are in control. However, the situation reminds us that success comes when we break from our comfort zone. Motivational speakers will tell you to do just that. Breaking from our comfort zone also is important to writing. If you are too comfortable or you have too much of a routine, your writing will get stale or you might not reach for that opportunity that could open doors for you. Here are ways to improve your writing and marketing . Go Online – The pandemic has moved almost everything online. Meetings, work and shopping are now happening from the comforts of our home. If you are afraid to market your book via online channels, you are missing a major opportunity to reach more people who might want to buy your book. Digital marketing has increased over the last f

Daylight Savings Time Hinders Writing

In northern states, changing the clocks ahead allows for more light in the evenings, which makes people more productive in spring and summer. People in the north like to go out in the sunshine after spending winters locked indoors. Southern states don't have much of a winter. Although it might be cold, it doesn't snow and is not dark on a daily basis. They have sunshine all the time. I have lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Arizona and Florida. In Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, I felt the benefits of Daylight Savings Time although it still hindered my inspiration and writing. More on that later. Arizona doesn't change the clocks. It was great not having to worry about changing clocks, but I noticed no difference in the light without Daylight Savings Time. I don't agree that Florida should change clocks. The state has so much sunshine that it could be similar to Arizona and feel the same whether clocks are changed or not. Becomes False Benefi

Things to Do While Stuck at Home

During this time, Americans are stuck at home. Even though many states are allowing stores and other businesses to open, people are not flocking to the gathering places. They are still afraid to catch a virus or disease. Many people are bored and trying to come up with things to do . Here are some tips for you. Home Projects Now is the perfect time to tackle those home projects. You could do spring cleaning and declutter your home. If your project involves more than cleaning, you also could order from Home Depot online or another retailer and get materials for your projects delivered to your door. If you want to put up new shelving in your closet, you could get the materials and begin hammering away. Just avoid making disasters in your home. Discover New Things So many videos are available online that you could learn almost anything while you are at home. You could learn a new language or a new skill. I want a patio for my back yard. I am not handy. Neither