You are not alone!

There are 97% of people out there struggling to finish their book and a thousand and one struggling to begin.

What this means is that only 3% are able to start and finish writing their book but hey! Don’t be thrilled just yet because they had no magic power, all they had was the ability to plan and consistently execute; these are things you too can do if you.

If you find starting and/or finishing your book project difficult, it’s not because you don’t know how to write or you ran out of ideas, it is either because you are not committed enough or you didn’t take the first stage of writing which is PLANNING seriously.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to start and finish writing your book even as a newbie.

  1. Decide On What You Want To Write On

The first thing you must do is to come clean with what you want to write on. What message do you want to pass through your book? If you’re able to do this, you should celebrate a milestone because it’s a major part that most people get confused about.

Writers most times have a lot of things they want to write about and they find it difficult to settle for one. So, if you’re able to settle for one out of many, you are on your way to victory.

2. Distribute the ideas into a table of contents.

After getting clear with what you want to write about, the next step isn’t picking a title or writing of introduction but deriving a table of contents out of the message you want to pass across.

Here is the thing, if you first choose a title before writing a book, you will be limited by that title. You won’t write freely as you should because of the fear of writing what does not relate to the title but if you focus more on crafting a table of contents, you will write as much as you want and remain on track.

For instance, if you want to write on the effect of drug abuse, your table of content might look like this;

Chapter one: What you don’t know about hard drugs. (Definition of drug abuse).

Chapter two: They are of different types, get to know them. (Types of hard drugs).

Chapter three: Your kidneys are screaming, see what that means. (Disadvantages of drug abuse).

From the example, the three chapters will be dealing with different aspects of the original idea.

3. Complete one chapter of the book before the other

This is not to limit you but to promote orderliness. If you jump to another chapter without first completing the previous, you might never complete that book.

No matter the urge to jump over, stick to that chapter till you finish, and in case an idea for the other chapter fly in, quickly write it down somewhere else and get back to it later.

4. Dumb your ideas, don’t edit just yet

When writing, don’t bother about how perfect it is, don’t look at spellings, sentence construction, and redundancy, just write. Ensure that you pour it raw on your paper. You don’t need to start editing or trying hard to make the sentence beautiful, you will do just that after completing your manuscript.

5. Write the introduction and pick a title for the book

When you’re sure you’re done writing, you can go back to crafting an introduction for your book. The introduction of every book should contain a highlight of the problem the message in the book will solve, how to best make use of the information in the book, how to get the book, etc.

This is the best time to write it because by now, you must have unleashed everything you have upstairs.

On the hand, your book title needs to be captivating and at the same time meaningful, don’t be moved to follow the trend. Don’t go looking for a title that doesn’t in any way relate to the content of the book. Keep it simple, meaningful, and catchy.

It’s simple right?

Breaking the procedure this way makes your mind see writing as a very simple task and once this is achieved, you achieve your writing goal even before the deadline.

If you enjoyed reading this, also read 5 HABITS THAT MAKES YOU A BETTER WRITER

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