Are you writing that novel? Did you write today? Writing every day will make you a writer. Do you believe that?
There are different ways to get your book written. I did an article about the different ways to write. In that article, I even mentioned that you could write on the weekends if that is all you can do.
But in this article, I’m going to concentrate on the 1000 words a day. It’s doable because you should be able to write 1000 words in an hour. But you can probably do it in less time and eventually increase the word count.
However, let’s keep with the 1000 words you do every day. At the end of the week, you’ll have 7000 words. And at the end of 60 days, you’ll have a 60,000-word novel.
Then comes the editing stage.
In the editing stage, you might lose the habit of writing 1000 words a day, though. So what do you do?
I see it this way. There are three stages of a novel. Of course, there are more than that, but I break it down into three steps. And you can still do all the things and take an hour a day to write 1000 words.
The first stage to writing that novel is outlining and plotting. You have to have an idea of what genre you are going to write for, who is your main character, and what the plot is. Get your characters down first, and the writing will come faster. Give them a flaw and a talent, and it’ll help you to plot your book.
Suzi from the course How To Write A Best Seller suggests that you first start with a title, an idea for a cover, and the premises before you even begin to plot. It’ll keep you on track.
I did this for the book I’m writing now. Since the title can change after you have written the book, I won’t give you the title until I’ve finished it.
But if you take the time to get this right, it’ll save you a bit of grief later in your writing.
In this stage, you write. You write the entire first draft without editing. This is where the 1000 words a day come in. Do it religiously. For the next 60 days and you’ll have a finished product to edit.
Finishing a book can be daunting, and you’ll want to quit several times. Your ego is going to tell you that you suck through the whole thing. Don’t listen to it. Kick it to the curb. Do whatever you need to do to outrun that voice in your head. I wrote an article about mindset here that may help you with that. You have to keep a healthy mindset to finish a book.
And you’ll be doing this for 60 days. You won’t stop until you write the end.
Then Suzie suggests you write it again. And then again. She suggests three drafts to get the story right. For the second draft, you’re going to see that you don’t suck as much as you thought. You’ll also know the characters better so you can work on tightening it up. By the third draft, your book should be in good shape.
Then you let it rest before the final stage.
The last stage of writing that novel is the edits. It may be a long stage because you’ll need to make sure that the story flows and make sense. It would be best if you made sure there aren’t any surprises that will jerk the reader out of the story.
Several resources suggest you read it like a book or have a recorded service read it back to you. They recommend this because it’s easier to see when the story doesn’t flow. Suzi says to make notes as you’re reading it so you may go back to these areas to fix them.
On the second edit, you’ll check for facts to make sure everything is correct. Start a story bible that’ll help you remember everything. Correct the wrong facts you run into as you go.
The third edit is to correct your grammar, punctuation, and remove those extra dreaded words that always end up in your story. If you’re like me, you’ll have a word you use, not just once in your book but numerous times.
More Story Structure Checks For Writing That Novel
Suzi makes the point that we should find beta readers to read the story. I didn’t know this, but there are readers for a small fee on Fiverr that you can check out.
Then send it to an actual editor to get more critical feedback.
It seems like a lot of edits. And I’ve never done this on my own before. When I had a small publisher publish my books, I did have an editor who went through my story three times, if not more. But now I see that I should have done more to have a stronger story.
I will be doing this grueling editing and sending it to beta readers and a professional editor with my new and future books.
Putting It All Together & Writing That Novel
When I looked at all of this, writing the story repeatedly, editing in several ways, it brings to question, will my book ever be self-published? We have to be in front of our readers all the time to remember our books and keep them engaged, so how do we do that?
I figured out a plan for writing that novel that may work for you too. I’ll write my 1000 words every day, still on a particular story. That takes about an hour or less. For an hour, I’ll be plotting my next book, so I always have a book in the docket to be written.
While I’m rewriting and editing, I’ll be flushing out my next story, and I’ll also be editing a book. So I’ll have three books going at all times. Therefore, I’ll be able to self publish books closer together and get more books in front of the reader.
Now, none of this should come at the cost of a good book. But it’s one way of being a prolific writer.
But your primary focus should be to write the book to finish. Otherwise, you’ll have nothing to build on without that.
How do you write your books? Will you try this method? Or have you already? Could you drop a comment below and let me know? Like and share this article for the other writers out there struggling to finish their book.
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