As a writer of many years experience, I even need to remind myself sometimes of these tips to help make my own experience a bit more enjoyable. Writing doesn’t have to be difficult, as a matter of fact it should be inspirational and exciting. These are some ideas that I share with my writing colleagues to help them out along their journey for their writing work as well.
First I suggest to get all of your ideas out there, by this I mean to jot everything down. Creating a web of your ideas can also help. For example if you enjoy technology more than pen and paper, you can try a program like Mindomo which is free and rather easy to use.
With this, I also suggest to always have something handy whether it’s pen and paper, or something to type your ideas into like an electronic notepad app. You can also use a voice recorder for your thoughts. Your most creative ideas come when you least expect it. Get them down and get them organized.
Second, I recommend that you do all of the research you can. The more you know, the more you will have to draw in your specific audience. Understand your target audience and keep your thoughts based around that outreach. Read other books on the subject you are writing about and connect with other writers. By joining in on conversations via specific forums, you can help yourself to stay motivated and refreshed with ideas.
Next, place something out where you can physically remind yourself of your goal. It’s easy to get sidetracked so having a certificate, book or object that will remind you of your inspiration to start the book will help you reach the finish product.
I also suggest to think outside of the box. Write your questions down and get the answers along the way. Who will do the cover? Who will the book be dedicated to? Where will you publish the book? How will you advertise the book? What are your goals with the book?
What is your main idea? What have you wrote about that will not only support the main idea, but keep your audience interested in reading about it more? Have you compiled the fine details- the ‘about the author’ section, the ‘table of contents’?
Lastly, set a goal but make it idealistic. It’s not going to happen next week or even in three months. Set a goal or deadline, but don’t be hard on yourself for not meeting it. Life happens, and as long as it’s done the way you want it, that is what matters most. But it is important to have a goal for yourself. Aim for a certain amount of words a day/night but again remember not to pressure yourself into writing.
Something additional you may want to consider is, what are things you can do to help advertise your work before it even becomes available? People love anticipation, so maybe create some pages via social networks and give little hints throughout the making of your work to show the audience what they can expect.