My book. These two words, when put together, can either mean literary accolades - or a reason for being continually perturbed. So if you are feeling the latter right now, it's probably because you are in the middle of writing a book for the first time.
Or, you want to write a book - but where to start is eluding you.
And you've probably read everything about how to write a book for beginners and even how to write a book in 30 days. But none of it has helped - except for the fact that you may now have finished the steps to writing a book outline.
But then you ask yourself - is this book outline the precursor to what you will proudly be calling "my book?"
No, it probably isn't.
And this is not how to write a bestseller. But just because you have gotten bad tips on writing a book for the first time doesn't mean you have to give up.
So let’s look at three ways to get your book to a level where you feel like you can finish writing it.
And so you can think about publishing it too.
#1. When I read my book, it doesn’t feel like it is going anywhere.
The most engaging kind of book to read is known as a page-turner. But if your book is just plodding along, it is probably due to the fact that you are writing it in a very planned, cautious, or otherwise conservative style. And you may be using free book writing software - or the previously mentioned steps to writing a book outline.
In order to be mainstream publishable. In order to write a bestseller.
Because following these steps to writing a book and getting it published is logical and safe. And if you are going to put your name on something, you want to be well-regarded for your organized and ordered prose.
But your book isn’t a school essay or a thesis, written to get a good grade for following the rules. It’s a book that someone who reads is going to purchase with real money and then spend their valuable spare time reading.
And they don't care about the rules of how to write your first book. They want to read a page-turner from someone who knows how to start a book's first sentence with a bang.
So you have to take some chances.
For example, if you are writing a self-help book, make some bold assertions. Or if it’s a novel, kill off one of your main characters.
And if you are on the fence about writing something too provocative, make it worse than you ever thought possible. Publishers will take notice.
And it will make all the difference.
#2. When I read my book, I don’t like the quality of the writing.
As you're learning how to write your first book, you may compare your writing to published authors and judge it as amateurish.
Don't do that.
Because many publishers agree that the quality of your writing only has to be serviceable, readable, or conversational.
And publishers don't expect anything else from someone who is writing a book for the first time.
But what do they expect?
Something engaging and something insightful.
So it's your thoughts that have to be brilliant. And thoughts come from words, which in your daily life, you don't use a large variety of. Because using an articulate vocabulary makes your conversation sound stilted and snobby.
And this may be why you are feeling dissatisfied with your writing right now.
Because you don't have the kind of vocabulary that makes you sound educated.
Nevertheless, if you don’t feel like your writing is up to a knowledgeable level just yet, this is an easy fix. One of the steps to writing a book that will actually help.
My Book: Expanding Your Vocabulary.
Just go through your manuscript (what you have so far) on the computer and highlight every word and phrase that doesn’t quite express what you want to say.
Or any other words that you don’t like, for any reason.
Then go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online. There, you can look up the exact meaning of the words you don’t like and then go to the thesaurus and find a synonym or another word which expresses your thoughts more exactly. Keep following the trail until you have replaced all of the vocabulary in your book that sounds amateurish or cliché.
Using more exact and meaningful words here and there will immediately take your writing to a whole new level. An insightful level that will put you on the track of how to write a bestseller.
And don’t be afraid to use words you have never used before.
Because once you start using a better vocabulary you will find that it will spark even more ideas. Until your writing level is very professional-sounding and engaging. But still appealing enough so that it is readable and conversational. Which is what publishers want.
#3. When I read my book it doesn’t feel like it makes any particular or singular statement.
This is when it is time to do some research. The biggest mistake people make when writing a book for the first time is that they think their common knowledge will translate into a bold or singular statement about the world at large. This is especially true for those learning how to write a fiction book. But this is absolutely the furthest thing from reality.
So if you are stuck or don't know how to start a book with the first sentence, go online and do some keyword searches for your topic. Find out what other people are writing about with regards to your topic. And this doesn’t necessarily mean professional writers. Look at the blogs, Facebook posts, tweets, etc. of the reading public.
Because it’s these people who will be buying your book. Common, everyday people who want to hear something new, or something specific.
So what are they concerned about? And what are they reading? Or what are they buying? What scares them?
Does your book address any of these concerns? Keep looking until you have the answers.
And when you do, you will be able to say that my book is their book because it will say something specific about what is going on in the world. This is the kind of page-turner we are talking about. And it doesn't have anything to do with learning the steps to writing a book outline. It has to do with finding your voice and using the right vocabulary to communicate it. And then breaking some rules.
That's when you can be proud to call it "my book".
My Book: Keep Trying.
So you have to at least try. And keep trying.
Because it is very easy now to create a book online. So why would you pass up the opportunity to write a book online and get paid? But just remember, with book writing software, anyone can write a book online and publish it for free.
So your book has to be better.
This is why it is so important to learn how to write a bestseller.
I know you can do it.
See also: https://brenthollister.blogspot.com/