10 Simple Steps for Writing a Book

10 Simple Steps for Writing a Book

10 Simple Steps for Writing a Bookhttps://istory.com.ng/10-simple-steps-for-writing-a-book/   The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual writing. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps to getting your book done. Books don’t just write themselves, after all. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work. How to really write a book In this post, I’ll teach you the fundamental steps you need to write a book. I’ve coined out this easy steps so you can start making progress. But first, let’s look at the big picture. What does it take to write a book? It happens in three phases: Beginning: You have to start writing. This sounds obvious, but it may be the most overlooked step in the process. You write a book by deciding first what you’re going to write and how you’re going to write it. Staying motivated: Once you start writing, you will face self-doubt and overwhelm and a hundred other adversaries. Planning ahead for those obstacles ensures you won’t quit when they come. Finishing: Nobody cares about the book that you almost wrote. We want to read the one you act

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Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

  So many times, people just see the good parts of writing or writers that are projected on social media or magazines and what have you. Writing is serious business, and writers face their own share of how unpleasant or pleasant  (as the case may be) it can get. Everything is not always as it seems, there’s more behind-the-scenes to those great books and their creators than you can imagine. If you’re a writer, you’ll no doubt find these things to be true and relatable. Times will come when you have to be your own hype man. The people closest to you may not take you seriously. “Go look for a proper job and stop carrying book up and down.” Writing can be such hard work. You’ll face rejection from publishers. Publishing a book is not easy. Your ‘imaginary friends’ (a.k.a writer’s block) will desert you more often than you’d like. Your real friends may not grasp your constant need for solitude. Laziness/procrastination is your greatest threat to greatness. People look at you with admiration, but what they don’t know is the last time you wrote (should we tell them?). You read some books and self-doubt stealthily creeps in. All your weeks/months of

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7 Habits for Highly Effective Writing

7 Habits for Highly Effective Writing

How many half-hearted drafts do you have here and there? When last did you make a conscious effort to write? Why do you find it easier scrolling through Instagram reading the works of others yet you haven’t written anything in days, if not months? You know you have the talent; everyone marvels at how well you write when you write, masterpieces have been birthed in your head… and it goes on… Long story short, you need new habits! Positive ones of course. Having dreams of being a successful writer like Chimamanda Adichie, Maya Angelou, Wole Soyinka, etc, isn’t far-fetched or impossible, but there are certain habits to inculcate into your life, if not, well your dreams will just remain that – dreams. Success comes with a prize, can you pay it? If you’re determined enough, over time these positive habits will become part of you. 1. Challenge: you can’t grow if you don’t try new things or challenge the status quo. Push yourself to greatness. If you’ve been writing five lines a day, why not try ten tomorrow? These baby steps will give way for giant strides consequently. 2. Focus: starve your distractions and you’ll see that you’ll achieve more. Keep your eyes (and pen or cursor) on the

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Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer? Or ever fancied seeing your name printed in golden letters on the cover of a bestselling book? Well, if you just screamed a roaring ‘hell yes' at the top of your lungs, chances are you're meant to be a writer. You are meant to help change the world and inspire people’s lives through the power of your words. “But how do I begin? I have no ideas.” “I have ideas but I don't know how to put them on paper.” Worry not, I have a plan for you. Start reading and mimic the voice Write catchy titles Write for yourself Research and understand your audience Study ways to become a great storyteller Make your readers feel something Explore the Internet Be consistent Believe in yourself Write to throw the paper away These are my hand-picked top 10 writing tips for beginners to help you blossom into a top-notch writer. So explore each deeper, read them, apply them, and go get writing. 1. Read like a maniac As a writer, words are your fuel; and what better way to master words than reading itself. If you want to write, you need to read — and read, and read, and read! Read everything you can get your hands

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10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

Sometimes even the most well-intentioned writing resolutions can end up being whimsical, erratic, and just plain unrealistic. But when you focus on goals that are slightly more achievable, you’re not only more likely to pull them off, but you’ll also feel much better about yourself come deadline time. Following are ten writing resolutions you can start fulfilling right now. 1. You Can Write Every Day Or at least on a regular basis. Plan a reasonable writing schedule and stick with it. Perhaps you’ll write for two hours every day, as I do, or perhaps you’ll only be able to save twenty minutes from the general frenzy of life. Whatever the amount of time, make up your mind to stick with it relentlessly. 2. You Can Finish That First Draft Let this be the year you type “The End” on that story (or stories) you’ve been tinkering with. Unfinished stories are unread stories, and unread stories are unpublished stories. Start building the habit of finishing every story you start. 3. You Can Study the Craft/Read More Invest in some worthy books on the craft, subscribe to writing magazines, or sign up for writing workshops either online or at a con

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BROKEN OR NOT

BROKEN OR NOT

EPISODE one. The front door flung open as I pulled Tiwa with me, out of the Lagos City Hall. Tiwa struggled helplessly with me, but I didn’t loosen my firm grip on her hand. “Would you behave yourself?” I charged as I pushed Tiwa forward. “I want my father!” she retorted angrily. I eyed her coldly. “Look here, you heard the Judge,” I shouted as I pressed the remote control to my latest acquisition, a black Toyota Camry 2014. Tiwa scoffed. “I don’t like you, and you better not forget that.” She said as she kicked the car’s tyre furiously. I raised my hand to hit her but I restrained myself knowing that we were standing right in front of the Lagos City Hall and it could instantly jeopardize my chances of having her. “OH…you scared?” she asked, with a subtle but evil grin. I could see the hatred burning in her eyes. My own daughter despised me. “ Ijeoma…Ij!”I turned around to see Omololu as he ran in our direction panting heavily. “You don’t have to do this, Ijeoma.” He said as he bit his lower lip lightly. That was the first thing that attracted me to Omololu, his lips! And whenever he bit the lower one, I always felt excited all the way to my toes. “You don’t have to do this.” H

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