Writing skills for writing a book are not the same as those for writing online or entering a writing contest.
So writing a book requires different types of writing skills if you want to publish a book that someone wants to buy. Remember, people buy books to read because they want to enjoy them, not because they have to. In order to reach the reading public, you will need to have some writing skills that will make your book appealing to the people who buy them.
So here are four ways to improve your writing skills so that you can eventually write a bestselling book:
1. Writing Skills For Books: Write In A Conversational Tone.
First and foremost, writing for books should be conversational. However, when writing 'experts' harp on things like grammar and punctuation, they make it sound like you are uneducated or uncaring if your writing isn't absolutely correct.
But for books, this is the wrong approach. First, if you get too obsessed with grammar and punctuation, you will never finish writing a book, which could be two or three hundred pages long. Second, people who enjoy reading books want to feel like they are having a conversation with their best friend. Not their high school English teacher. Which means that you should write like you are talking to your best friend.
And you should also enjoy writing your book. Not be stressed out about writing in a formal fashion, and then trying to sound like an English professor. So the best thing to do, before you start writing any book, is get a hold of some published books in your genre. Then pay special attention to the way the author speaks as you read them. You will have a much easier time writing your own book and it will be much more enjoyable to read.
2. Writing Skills For Books: Your Vocabulary.
Stephen King once famously said, "Never use (the word) emolument when you mean tip."
What this means is that if a simple word will do, use it. Many new writers make the mistake of trying to use larger words and too many synonyms to sound more articulate. But this style of writing winds up sounding stilted and formal. Remember, you want to be friendly and conversational with your reader. Not sound stuffy. No reader wants that. Use simple words and language and your writing will be much more enjoyable to read.
However, you will still need to expand your vocabulary with new words every day. Because every time you sit at your computer, searching for the right word, is time wasted. And if you are having a bad writing day, it will only be a matter of time before you get up from the computer and do something else. If this happens enough times, you will never finish your book.
So if you are having a bad day at writing, learn some new vocabulary words instead. This is still writing. Even if the new words have nothing to do with your book. You may use them in the future. And if you gather enough new vocabulary words, you are well on your way to writing a book, anyway. Books are made up of words. But you already knew that.
3. Writing Skills For Books: Keep It Short.
As an unknown author, everything you write should be short. A sentence should be less than twenty words. A paragraph should only be three or four sentences. And a chapter for a book should only be about ten pages. There are two reasons why:
First, if your book is too long, as a new writer, you will never finish writing it. And when a book become too long, new writers get lost in complicated plots and remembering what characters did and didn't do. Then the story becomes convoluted and unreadable. And if you are writing a self-help book, no one will be able to follow your advice because they can't figure it out.
Second, if your book is too long, it will be hard to sell it to a publisher. From new writers, publishers want a book that falls within accepted word counts and has a clean crisp writing style. Shorter is always better. So focus on writing skills that keep your writing short, trendy, and conversational.
If you are having problems finishing a book, you can even write an ebook or a short story. Self publishing an ebook is a great way to start writing books. And if it doesn't sell - it doesn't matter. Remember, the point is to finish your first piece of writing and publish it, no matter how short it is. You can even enter a writing contest like a short story writing contest or publish something on one of the top essay writing sites. Just as long as you publish something, you are closer to writing a book than if you just sat at a computer staring at a blank screen.
4. Writing Skills For Books: Write About What You Love.
This sounds obvious, but many new writers start writing a book that they think sounds good, or one that will make money. They look at a bestselling book and think that if they write another book about the same subject it will automatically sell. But this never works because it's what the writer said about the subject, not the subject itself that sells books.
So don't try to guess what the reading public will buy. Look at any bestseller list and you will find at least one book that makes you think, "How did that book get published?" But it got published because the writer wrote about what they loved. And people who buy books can sense that. And they want to know more about what the writer was thinking, so they buy the book. So no matter how obscure your passion is, don't think people won't buy it. There are more people that read n the world than ever these days, so there is an audience for every book.
So write what you love, and you will become a bestselling author sooner than you think.
I know you can do it.
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