Many would like to set time aside to write a piece explicating a certain worldview, a fun novel, a thriller, a hyper-detailed esoteric nuanced 800-pager on a loved topic, or whatever; but, when faced with reality, time doesn’t quite stretch or motivation wanes and withers while writing.
For my first book, I had been toying with the idea for the book for around 2-3 years. In that time period, my views did shift, but, if anything, added more nuance and value to the general theme in the book. I’m not advising to sit on the topic you wish to write about, but more maturity and coming at certain issues with a different perspective can certainly sculpt your work with greater distinction. Moreover, the plan I initially sketched out covered a little over half of the topics covered in my book. Limiting oneself to a plan may prevent a full development of ideas within the book.
Initially, I thought I could finish my book in two months–this was very ambitious. The book, which turned out to be 250 pages–100 pages longer than I had intended–actually took 3-4 months of writing for a few hours almost every day. The information I wished to expound in the book took 3-4 years of passive, indirect, research; which is why no extra time was dedicated to intense research as I had walked through the ideas sloshing around in my head countless times.
New ideas and themes will reveal themselves as you are writing; therefore, don’t fret if you feel as if your book may be a little on the short side. Additionally, new ideas may be learned while writing through leisurely reading/podcast-listening. My first draft turned out to be only around 40% of the word count of the final draft.
Sometimes, rest days may be needed to recharge and avoid burning out. I took about a month’s break after finishing my first draft to focus on other things. Taking a break might help to gain perspective or evaluate the progress made.
My Advice to aspiring debut authors:
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Take breaks when needs be.
- Write a plan–but be prepared to add/subtract from it.
- If you’re doing it for leisure, don’t work towards a strict self-imposed deadline.
- Take your time.
- Have fun.
I never dreaded beginning a daily writing session–apart from editing, I had fun every step of the way. And, this is key: write about something you are passionate about. Nothing is worse than psyching yourself up for a dreary writing session on a subject you don’t really care about. Motivation will be lost if book-writing is a bore.
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