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The basics of learning to write wellFamiliar with the bestselling author, Mark Twain? He is quoted as saying, “ Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words “

Now, does that sound easy to you? For most first-time writers, that technique may not sound so good, but once you start, you will find out its true. It’s actually the simplest and the most effective way to express your ideas continuously.

But is that it? Is there any other tips that can help you become more productive in writing? What should you do so you can finish that book you’ve been dreaming about? What does it really take to become an effective book writer?

Write what you can write.

Think of the number of words you are most comfortable writing each day; that word count that reflects your brilliant, unique, fresh, and carefully thought of idea rather than one that’s produced out of pressure and haste. 300 words might even be too many. The popular author John Grisham began writing one page per day. What is important here is that you write out of pure, motivated intent.

Write at your best time and place.

Some people are able to perform better when doing things early in the morning. If that is you, then by all means write in the morning before breakfast or lunch. The important thing is to know which time works best for your brain. Do you like getting up early to write or do you prefer writing after having a full stomach? You should also consider where to do your writing– in your room, on your terrace, in your backyard, in your library, or on your sofa. As we said before it is important that you create a motivating space for your writing. Whatever time of the day you feel most comfortable with your thoughts should be the time of the day you plan on working on your writing.

Write with definite schedule.

Some people feel more comfortable with a set work schedule. If that is you then setting a fixed schedule will help you accomplish more. Keep in mind though if you follow this approach you will have to discipline yourself to follow it strictly.That said it is also important that you take some time off from writing. Say, having the weekends as your time off. That way, you’ll have time for yourself to relax and your mind to be refreshed. But, see to it that you don’t allow that time off to pass without going back to your writing routine immediately thereafter.

Write with a set number of words.

Determine the word count needed for each section of your book and create a timeline for it. Plan carefully how many words you can write in a week, in a month, or in a year. Consider that a pamphlet requires 10,000 words, a short book needs 20,000 words, while a typical novel can reach up to 80,000 words or more.

Write with feedback.

It is always a good idea to have someone read your work after you finish it. Every time you finish a chapter, have a someone read it and give feedback. That way, you are sure to accomplish more rather than having to rewrite the whole book afterwards. Beware of using loved ones and people close to you. You want a real honest assessment of your work and family members that want to be supportive are not always the best people to give you frank and objective reviews of your work.

Once you’re done writing your book and having applied all the changes needed, you are now ready to publish your book. You can look for a publisher and send it to them, publish it on Amazon, or any other platform. Just do everything it takes to get your book in front of your targeted readers.

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf