WRITING YOUR FIRST BOOK PART 4: TOOLS AND TIPS TO CONTINUE

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Writing your first book is hands down one of the biggest steps you will take in your life, the longest journey through up’s and downs, and a battle till the end. However, it is also one of the most rewarding things to do in your life, and that is why I wrote this series for you.

Throughout the series we have discussed the following:

Part 1: Where to Begin.

Part 2: The First Sentence.

Part 3: The First Chapter.

Part 4: Tools and Tips to Continue.

Boy, a series it has been! I hope that what you have learned throughout this journey will help inspire you to continue with your writing and make life easier for you during the process.

In part 4 of Writing your First Book, I will provide you will tools and tips to help you continue, as well as a promised FREE CHECKLIST to help you implement everything we have talked about. The checklist will be at the bottom of the post.

But first, let’s find out what you can do to continue your writing.

TOOLS:

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Staying on track when writing a novel can be difficult at the best of times. A lot of us procrastinate and then blame the story. There are tools out there, however, that can help you stay focused during your writing project. These include:

 

Blog about it:

Create a blog and write about your experiences of writing, where you are during the process and how long you have left. Not only will this engage an audience, but that audience will help to keep you writing.

 

The notebook:

I am a firm believer in this. Carry a notebook with you at all times, or even ‘notes’ in your phone, and every time you are inspired by something or have an idea, write it down. Don’t like notebooks and would prefer a computer? Not a problem.

The best program to compile all your notes, thoughts and writing is Scrivener ( a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.)

Programs like this aren’t always straight forward to learn. When I first purchased Scrivener, I also invested in Infionsoft’s tutorials to make sure I was making the most of my writing. If you happen to be interested in them, I’ll leave the links below:

 

RELATED: How to Write a Novel Outline

 

Facebook writing communities:

There are so many out there on Facebook with writers just like you! Have a question, post it on there. Hit a milestone, share it with them! Connecting with other writers is the best way to stay on track. Life Of A Storyteller has a writing facebook group called ‘The Writers Tribe’, full of active and awesome writers! You can join here.

 

NaNoWriMo:

It’s an online organisation that encourages you to write 50,000 words in a month. I’ve never done it personally, but I have read up about it and I have heard of some great success stories!

 

TIPS:

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These are my own personal tips to you, my fellow writers. I found that these tips not only kept me on track but inspired me to keep writing. Here they are:

 

Write an outline:

A novel outline is literally that; an entire outline of your whole novel. If you feel like you are lost or don’t want to write, go back to your novel outline, it’s the best place to find your inspiration and remind you why you are writing this novel. Not sure you know how to do this? No problem at all. Life Of A Storyteller has a free library full of goodies + ‘The Novel Planning Blueprint: An Everyday Planner for Writers.’

 

Read :

Reading is not only the best form of research, but it’s relaxing and inspiring. Read books in your genre and learn from the way the author writes their dialogue, descriptions, and characters. Trust me, it’ll make you want to write!

 

RELATED: Writing: How to Mentally Prepare Yourself

 

Listen to music:

I’m a fantasy writer and am currently working on world building. So, naturally, my playlist consists of soundtracks from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Outlander, Game of Thrones, even the TV show Vikings. Listening to inspiring music sparks your imagination and leaves you open to an array of ideas. It’s my favourite thing to do if I feel lost with my writing.

 

You aren’t perfect:

This is a big one to remember and something I personally struggled with in the beginning. We all want to write a best seller and expect to write one straight off the bat. My friends, that is not going to happen. The reality is your first draft isn’t going to be what you expected, and that is okay! That’s how it’s meant to be. It’s going to take time, so enjoy it.

 

THE FREE CHECKLIST:

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Woohoo! If you have made it this far and read this series all the way through, then stop what you are doing and pat yourself on the back. You are one step closer to finishing your novel and achieving something truly amazing.

Throughout this journey, we have learned where to begin writing your novel, how to write a killer first sentence, how to write a strong first chapter, and last but not least, how to keep going.

For you, I have an awesome FREE CHECKLIST so you can implement all of the strategies we have talked about over the series, as well as to allow yourself some breathing room so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Upon signing up for the checklist, you will also gain access to my FREE RESOURCES LIBRARY of e-books, workbooks and checklists! Another woohoo! My fellow writers, I believe in you and the journey you are embarking on.

So without further due, here is the checklist you have worked so hard for:

All finished. Let’s chat!

Congrats, fellow writers. I’m so excited for you and your journey!

Let me know if writing your novel part four: tools and tips to continue, treated you well, and if you think there is anything missing that you would like to learn about.

Hit me up in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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