The day I saw the human skeleton in the lab for the first time I was awed by it. To know that it was it that held the bulk of my body together was truly amazing to behold and appreciate.
Now that you’ve done the mapping and outlining of your book, it’s time to begin writing. The map and outline are the skeleton of your book.
Now, it’s time to begin adding the organs, the tissues and the cells to make up the complete system – your book!
I’ll share the simple steps that you can undertake to write your book in the shortest time possible.
Forget about editing. It is quite tempting to write and want to read what you’re writing, trying to edit it so that it comes off clean and nice. That’s going to slow you down. Just pour the words out as legibly as you can. If you’re using a laptop, just type the words out and keep typing.
Pour and pour and pour.
I’ll not overlook the fact that you may experience a paucity of words. That’s a given for all writers. It’s not a filthy situation, but one that can be overcome.
Let me share a few ways you can keep your writing genie primed to keep the zing in your fingers.
* Utilise the cyberspace. If you want to really know what’s happening in the globe around you, that’s the place you have to farm. I check the bad and the ugly and see how to twist it to shape the world better.
* Scour your old emails. Yes, those emails that land in your spam. Within them are amazing resources. Those emails you receive from mentors, publishing houses, salespeople, leadership experts and social media enthusiasts that land in your bulk email folders, go and check them today.
* Visit newspapers stands and bookshops. At those places, words feed
your consciousness with alarming ferocity.
Just focus on it. As a writer, your brain will always be filled with words threatening to invade the smoothness of the writing process. Don’t start another book, but commit to pouring words so that you can crunch and get the manuscript to a sizzle.
However, if you find yourself in that situation, create a folder and just drop those thoughts in there. Drop them and return back to what you’re doing and see that you crunch the book.
Without focus, you can’t get the project to the finishing line.
If you’ve set to write the book in 30 chapters within 60 days, it means you have to write a chapter in 2 days. Without a schedule, you’ll not have an a focus.
Focus is the power that a bullet has that makes it penetrate and make a killing when it’s shot through the eyes of a gun barrel. Your outline provides you the guide to write the words. Give your time each day. 15
minutes or 30 minutes or an hour will help you do a whole lot of work.
The essence is to produce that first draft. That first draft is usually rough. By rough I mean that it may lack the finesse that a finished product usually has. It’s the first produced work that you will work on later to give it a refinement.
Having an accountability partner is key. That person helps you to maintain focus as you journey. He or she helps you to stay on your toes to work hard at getting the script out. You can have one or two partners. With a partner you should be vulnerable enough to share your hard knocks and be honest with the journey.
I’ve never had an accountability partner, but not everyone can be like me. I know that not everyone can run solo, so like having a spouse to support one in life, you can get a partner that helps you.
When you’re done writing the draft, the next step is to edit. Editing is looking back at all you’ve done and doing a check. It’s checking the typos, the grammar, punctuation errors, the structure and the cohesion
I want to warn that to do self-editing for your manuscript as the final phase before publishing is a path you shouldn’t take. Self-editing is to be avoided because you’re emotionally connected to your work that you wouldn’t want to conduct a self-operation on yourself to cut off septic parts.
The self-editing process I mean here is to take your draft and begin reading it yourself. You can read aloud.
By reading your book out loud to your hearing you can even see errors more. You may find as many errors as possible, but that’s okay. It may discourage you, but realise that perfection doesn’t exist. So keep at
it, spotting the mistakes and revising everything.
Take solace in the fact that to birth a baby, a woman feels the pains of pregnancy and the pangs of pushing it through the tunnel. So also is your book.
Don’t get stuck in the paralysis of self-editing in this stage. It’s a tempting thing to want to achieve perfection.
You will never get to that point, so do the much you can and then pass the draft to the editor who will begin the actual professional process of slicing and dicing to get your draft to the point where the world is
ready to receive it in printed format.
By the time you’re done, you’ll feel a great relief. Go out and celebrate yourself for the great work you’ve done.
Pop a bottle and get a good swigs of vintage wine. You rock!