I have been writing too, though. Some of you may know I write under a pseudonym, under which I have just completed the third book in a trilogy. Phew. I've sent the final draft off to the editor and I'm waiting to do the final read through. The third book will be out in February 2018 so I thought it was about time I wrote a book as me.
Starting to write a book is like lacing up your hiking boots and looking up at Mount Everest and wondering if you packed enough supplies. If you haven't then you're never going to make it to the top. I'm looking up that mountain right now and I'm just checking my backpack before I go a step further.
By chance I came across a fabulous article on the Writers and Artists blog (and if you are not on their mailing list then you really ought to be). It was written by Emily Suvada and you can find the whole article here
I've shortened all her points in case you are already half way up Everest and you've got no signal:
- See the book in parts rather than a whole. Focus on things like scenes, chapters or character description and make notes
- Have a game plan before each writing session e.g I will write 1000 words today
- Write a brief note of everything a particular scene or conversation needs to contain before approaching the actual writing of it
- Time management. Think Pomodoro Method. It will stop you running out of steam or neglecting everything else that should be going on with your life
- Stay healthy, eat well and get plenty of sleep and exercise
See you up there!