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Useful writing tips

Writing tips from authors for new writers.

  • Many books – including (auto) biographies – start with an exciting scene in the intro or the first chapter. Once the reader is engaged, the writer starts explaining what happened before. This often works better than starting a book at the beginning (once upon a time …).

  • Planning to write a biography or a story about something you have experienced? Then be sure to take notes or keep a diary right now. Then you don’t have to do everything by heart. The fact is, you will have forgotten a large part by then. Think about what you did on August 29, 2014. No clue or just a vague idea? Exactly. So write down as much as possible: emotions, important conversations, events and so on.

  • Do you want to make the main characters from the book anonymous? Then don’t write with the fake names, but use the actual names to keep your emotions as pure as possible during the writing process. When your book is ready, you can easily do a find and replace and change all Pauls to Johns with one push of a button.

  • How long should a book be? That depends entirely on your purpose, font size, budget, type of paper, etc. In general you can say that a printed book contains between 10,000 and 40,000 words. Of course the calculation is different if you only publish it as an e-book. In that case, don’t focus blindly on length but on the relevance of your story.

  • The back cover has only limited space. It needs to include your bio and still be under 300 words.

  • Schedule writing time in your agenda and manage expectations towards the people around you. Towards the end there’s always a final sprint. So keep this in mind.

  • Finishing is just as important as starting. At some point a text is finished. After handing it in, there will be enough time to make any minor adjustments. So don’t worry. If you never let it go, you can never publish it. This will disappoint both readers and yourself.

Writers block?

Can’t get into the flow? You don’t need to do something completely different, just do something useful for your book:

  • Go for a walk.

  • Do some research.

  • Read the works of others for inspiration.

  • Review what you’ve written and trim down on unnecessary words without compromising on the content. Always make a backup of the original just in case you need it later on.

  • Search for unwanted words in your text: empty words such as nice, that, just, then, almost, very, something and so on that can be deleted or replaced. Avoid words such as become, will, can, go. See where also, usually and still are relevant. Also cut down on your punctuation mark usage. Make it easy to read and understand.

  • Reward yourself when you’ve written something.

  • Brainfood for writers: my go-to snack is water and nuts. Check out my Writers Recipes for inspiration on food, straight from my writing week in Mallorca.

Alternatively, do some writing that is not directly related to your book:

  • Write a blog post.

  • Do an exercise in writing where you describe the experience of your senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound. How many types of red can you describe? Can you get the essence of your first kiss down on paper? Create a landscape based only on the sounds.

  • Do a braindump: take a few key words and then keep on writing without paying any attention to the sentence structure or grammar. Just go with the flow.

Useful sites about writing books in general

  • Find communities of writers or join a mastermind or course.

  • Stephen King in his classic about the craft: On writing.

  • Fiverr.com: for as little as $5 you can hire someone to design your cover, build your website, Facebook page or blog and much more.

  • Calibre: open-source ebook library & reader software.

  • More tips & tricks about publishing your book.

More writing blogs and tips

Writing your book is easier than you think!

Are you serious about writing your book? I am the author and co-author of more than 25 books and I have helped more than 400 CEO’s and entrepreneurs to write and publish their books. Writing and (self)publishing your book is easier than you think, with my 7 step ‘Reverse Writing’ method. Here are some options to get you on track with your writing and publishing:

Online workshops – Get inspired by the theme of the week, receive practical tips and get your questions answered. Check out all of the the themes and dates of the “From idea to book” workshops.

Reverse Writing? – Avoid the mistake most writers make: start at the end of your book, not at the beginning. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it really works. Find out more about ‘Reverse Writing’.

Free resources – Find inspiration and tips in my blogs. Sign up for my ‘interested in writing’ list to receive “10 ideas for a successful non-fiction book” as well as more tips and inspiration.

Read the book – Learn the 7 step approach, with lots of tips and examples, in my (recently updated) guide ‘Write your book in 1 week’

eCourse – Learn the 7 step approach in my eCourse ‘How to write a book in 1 week’. It builds on the concepts in the book and is presented in with lots of examples and exercises on writing, promotion and self-publishing of your book on Amazon.

Writing retreats – Spend one week in an exotic environment with other writers. Attend a different workshop every day to help you progress with your book. Get personal guidance and feedback. Join one of my writing retreats this year in  Curaçao, Mallorca and Thailand

1 on 1 support– Maybe you’d prefer a 1 on 1 RESULTant session or even private writing coaching to have my undivided attention and full support in writing your book?

FROM IDEA TO BOOK IN 6 MONTHS – If you are really serious about writing and publishing your book, I can recommend my Writers Mastermind: I will personally help you with every step, so your book can be ready 6 months from now!

Results – My method really works: check out the books my clients have already published. Check out their lessons learned and their testimonials on YouTube.

5 tips  – Check out my 5 most important tips for writing your book in this video:

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