12 Helpful Tips When Writing a Book

There are a lot of tips to keep in mind when writing a book. One of my favorites is show—don’t tell. Here are a few other helpful tips I’ve learned along the way.

12 Helpful Tips When Writing a Book

  1. When an idea comes along—jot it down.
  2. Make time to write. Create a writing schedule that works for you.
  3. Set and meet your deadlines.
  4. Save your first draft. It can help you stay on path when you accidentally stray from your original idea.
  5. Edit. A LOT.
  6. Read what you’ve written out loud. Hearing your own words will help you in the editing process.
  7. Write—even when you don’t feel like writing. You’ll be amazed at what you come up with.
  8. Get beta readers you trust.
  9. Pick your editor carefully. (My first editor missed a few things on my manuscript. Thankfully, I caught and corrected the mistakes before my final draft was published.)
  10. Pay attention to constructive criticism, but do what you feel is best for your story.
  11. Keep your book title short and memorable.
  12. Endings need to close the story—not ruin it. Write it carefully.

What’s your favorite  tip when writing a book?

 

0 Replies to “12 Helpful Tips When Writing a Book”

  1. Excellent points 🙂 Nice blog. I found it looking for tips on editing, as I’m in the middle of an edit myself. If you haven’t already, pick up “on writing” by Stephen King. Lots of great tips there.

  2. I especially agree with #4 – save your first draft! I have written stories (not books yet) and after several iterations, wanted something from the original, only to find I had tossed it. Good advice!

    1. Hi Sue! I’ve made the mistake of accidentally editing my first draft and not saving the original. Not ever doing that again.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Well, I know when I read a book I need some kind of unsolved conflict/suspension to keep me turning the pages, so I try to leave something unsolved with every chapter until the end. Great tips, Corey. Thanks.

  4. Well, I know when I read a book I need some kind of unsolved conflict/suspension to keep me turning the pages, so I try to leave something unsolved with every chapter until the end. Great tips, Corey. Thanks.

  5. I save every draft! I have files and files full of old drafts. I really need to start to organise them a little better. 🙂

    I agree with #7 this is a job and working even when you don’t feel like it can bring great rewards.

    1. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat down to write when I didn’t feel like writing, but managed to come up with something surprisingly good. 🙂

      Like they say: Just do it! 🙂

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