Want to write a book in 2021?

How do I start writing?

Writing a book is a daunting task for anyone, even the most experienced writers. You may have lots of great novel ideas, but where do you start when it comes to turning those ideas into a book in 2021?

One of the most common pieces of advice is to set a writing schedule, but that’s easier said than done. Some writers set word and time goals each day, and others use a reward system. There are plenty of writing schedule templates, planners, and apps online to help you find the right balance between writing and life (Evernote, Scrivener, and Pages are popular).

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What remains important is that you set aside a chunk of time and energy to allow your creative writing to flourish. The Write Life outlines a few simple steps to start writing, including setting daily writing habits, avoiding procrastination, emulating writers you admire, and following the story wherever it takes you.

Writing and Wellness also suggests that a lack of space may contribute to irregular writing practices. People usually find themselves being more productive when they have a clean, designated space. Whether it’s a physical, mental, or creative space, the idea is to establish an area that minimizes distractions and encourages productivity. Check out their article to find out if you may need more space in your writing life.

Finally, it’s inevitable that all prolific writers are also avid readers. Authors far and wide recommend reading as much as you can to not only improve your writing, but also spark inspiration and overcome writer’s block.

Basic tools you need to go from book notes to chapter one

Whether you’re a planner or a pantser (“flying by the seat of your pants”) when it comes to writing, it’s always a good idea to have some sort of outline that details the characters, a few plot points/scenes, and any overarching themes you want to convey. This will help you write your book in 2021.

It’s important to remember, though, not to get so caught up in creating the perfect plan that you forget to actually write.

Below are some basic writing tips to transform your notes into a first chapter:

  1. Grab the reader’s attention (start with action)
  2. Introduce the main character within the first few scenes
  3. Introduce the main conflict or sub-conflict from your notes
  4. Revisit your outline at the end of each chapter to logically place scenes
  5. Remember you don’t have to stick to a rigid outline. Things change as you write. Modify as you go.
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Write what you know

It can be easy to get discouraged, especially given the year it’s been. But don’t let that stop you from writing your book in 2021 and getting published. Many publishers are anticipating a surge of manuscripts from a variety of literary landscapes to escape the chaos of 2020. Consider using the environment around you, the media and stories you consume, and the emotions you’re feeling as inspiration for your next novel idea. Write what you know – it’s as simple as that.

If you’ve written a book, what worked for you? What did you struggle with? Let us know in the comments! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us HERE.

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