Writing a Book: How to Write
By Miguel L.
This is meant to help the aspiring writer trying to achieve the daunting task of finishing their book, and turning it from first draft to its final one.
First off, many writers in our world will find themselves doing something known as “Wording,” trying to write a book by writing it completely on Word. It is not recommended. Sure, a few writers may actually write that way, but there’s a magic that just can’t be achieved on Word when you use a pen and paper. It’s much easier to create amazing paragraphs holding a sandwich and pen. The words flow easier when you write using the method of pencil and parchment whereas with pad and pen, you’re staring at the words you’re writing, instead of at the keyboard below you.
Second, always exercise before you write! Go running, take a shower, and sit down to write. The words will come out a lot better (actual proven method). You will always benefit from a nice run, and so will your stories. It’s not just that, but when you exercise it puts you in a different environment, making it so you can think a lot easier, instead of being cooped up in front of your computer. Many people go to write in a different setting, such as a library or restaurant, and if that will help you, by all means do that! But also, by all means, avoid the mundane! Do not sit in the same place too long, as the same position can spoil the juices of creativity.
Third, do mental exercises, not just physical ones. Before you write, use prompts to get your mind ready for a day of pure writing. Prompts are good for your book too, because if you find a good prompt, such as describing a bustling city, you can copy and paste your response into your book. It will help you fill the empty spots with some action. You can also try your best to describe what you see, out loud! It doesn’t matter if you look strange, talking to yourself, or getting dirty looks from the neighbors. No matter what you do, the only way to truly know if the words flow is to say what you wrote, or what you’re going to write, out loud to see if it sounds natural. The more natural sounds, the better it works.
Fourth, don’t skip days of writing! Many young authors complain of writers block, saying they cannot write for the day, and then the day they skipped writing turns into weeks, resulting in a lost story. Don’t do that! There’s no such thing as days where you can’t write, there are only days where you can’t write well. Yet, as strange as it sounds, the days you can’t write well are the best days to write. They are also the best days to start work on a new chapter. Now, I wouldn’t say that these are the days to write an entire chapter, but these are the days to start. Play around with the storyline, and instead of writing for beauty, write for story. Plus, if the story stinks with the change in storyline, it will always be easier to scrap it than if it’s a masterpiece in writing and poetic.
Fifth and finally, write how you like. If you don’t want to write the way mentioned, write another way. But, write how you enjoy!