How To Write A Book Without Going Out Of Your Mind

By Angela Booth | 566 views | How To

Are you writing a book? Angela Booth's written many books, both traditionally and self-published. Her tips will help you to become a confident author. Write every day: same time, same place. Separate writing your book from editing it. Before you know it, your book will be done. }

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  1. 1. Write for Discovery.

    Just start writing. Who knows where you'll end up?

    How To Write A Book Without Going Out Of Your Mind Start by writing, without any preconceived ideas. You never know where you'll end up... your muse knows, however. by Angela Booth: http://angelabooth.com/wp/ Visit my Just Write a Book Blog for more inspiration: http://www.justwriteabook.com/blog/

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  2. 2. Brainstorm.

    Lists, mind maps, sketches...

    Brainstorming is fun. Allow yourself to become inspired. Relax. Try sketching, and doodling. Let your hands move, without interference.

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  3. 3. Muse...

    Allow musing to inspire you.

    To "muse" is to relax, and wonder about your topic. Or just relax, and wait for images to come to you. See what what Stephen King calls your "third eye" -- the eye of your imagination.

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  4. 4. Schedule Time to write.

    Write every day. Same time, same place.

    Writing a book takes time. Carve the time out of your busy day. Same time, same place. Every day. Visit my Just Write a Book Blog for more inspiration: http://www.justwriteabook.com/blog/

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  5. 5. write first thing in the morning.

    Hilary Mantel does.

    Dorothea Brande's wonderful book, "Becoming a Writer", advises that you write in the morning, immediately after you get out of bed. Hilary Mantel and many other bestselling writers follow Brande's advice. (I do too. It works.)

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  6. 6. Use scrivener.

    It helps. A lot. 

    If you're writing a book, you need Scrivener. I've been happily using Scrivener for many years. It's an amazing tool. You'll spend more time creating and less time organizing: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php (I've no connection to the app's developers, I just find it incredibly helpful.)

  7. 7. Write without distractions.

    Close the door. Turn off the phone and Internet.

    It takes time to get into a "writing" mindset. Around ten minutes. Whenever you're interrupted you lose the chance to get into a state of flow.

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  8. 8. Write First. Edit Later.

    You'll block if you try to combine processes.

    Writing is a creative process. Editing depends on logic. If you try to combine writing and editing, you'll become blocked.

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  9. 9. Writing Fiction?

    Read. Read in your genre.

    Publishing is changing rapidly. You can now self-publish, and sell more books (and make more money) than you could ever make with a traditional publisher. Writers read. Reading helps your writing. Know what's being published in your genre. Visit my Just Write a Book Blog for on writing a book: http://www.justwriteabook.com/blog/

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  10. 10. Writing NONFICTION?

    Research "just in time".

    "Just in time" processes work in manufacturing and business. They work in writing your book too. Research as you write. Tip: it's very easy to kid yourself that you're "writing" because you're researching. Only writing is writing.

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  11. 11. Book coaching.

    A coach helps you to write your book. Contact Angela Booth.

    How To Write A Book Without Going Out Of Your Mind... by Angela Booth: http://angelabooth.com/wp/ Angela coaches authors: http://angelabooth.com/wp/book-coaching/

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