There are three ways to write a book: as a plotter, a pantser, and a planster.
A plotter is someone who writes out a plan for their novel. This can include writing out the plan for each chapter, the beginning, the ending, the characters personalities, etc. Then these people will begin writing their book once they have it all planned out.
A panser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. They will sit down and go for it. They don’t have much of a plan or know where the story will take them. They just start writing.
A planster is a hybrid of these. These people will plan out some details. For example, they may know the beginning and the end, and write out characters, but have no idea what is going to happen in the middle.
When you decide you want to write a book, decide which of these descriptions sounds the best to you and go with that. Then start writing!
Make a goal of when you would like to finish your first draft. Make it realistic. Think about your life and circumstances and when you can fit this in.
And if you’ve always wanted to write a book, but you haven’t yet because you don’t think you have time, please remember that you make time for what is important to you. If it is important to you to write a book in your life, do it now! Make time for it. And push yourself to finish, because once you do finish, you will know you can write a book! That is very empowering to know you can complete a novel, or a picture book, or poem, or whatever it is you are writing.
After you complete your manuscript, you can work on editing and getting better and perfecting the craft of writing. It is highly unlikely that you are going to be fantastic at it right away, but with practice and the help of our welcoming writing community you can get there. Also, with technology today everything you want or need to learn is available at your fingertips. Good luck! You can do this!
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