Experts reveal their top tips for how to write a book

If you want to know how to write a book , we’ve got the answer. While it’s a daunting task, it’s not impossible and here, experts share their top tips to help you get published.

November marks National Novel Writing Month, a global initiative which aims to inspire and encourage writers across the world.

The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month – which sounds daunting but in fact is just over 1000 a day. So if you’ve always wanted to know how to write a book, now is the perfect time. National Novel Writing Month is free to take part in – anyone can create a profile through the initiative’s website .

Every day, enter your word count to track your progress. Seeing the statistics are a real motivational tool. There are also forums with advice a-plenty, and signing up to your locality means you can meet others doing the scheme where you live, with ‘write-ins’ at local cafes and shopping centres offering the chance to write with and chat to like-minded people.

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In July this year, my debut novel, Five Steps To Happy was published by Trapeze, Orion. I couldn’t believe I’d got a book deal – it was a real dream come true. Trapeze Books And yet working five days a week and with a hectic social life, it often felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day to write.

Thankfully, when November hit, I surprised myself. For me, waking up early and writing for an hour and a half before work proved hugely productive.

I also began to reclaim my lunch hour to write. And watching my word count and my statistics rise during National Novel Writing Month gave me a huge boost. It pushed me to carry on.

However, every writer is different. For me, mornings worked best. For you, a productive time might be during your commute, or propped up in bed late at night.

It’s about carving out that hour or two each day, making it a key part of your routine. Writing is like a muscle – it needs to be worked regularly.

And remember, don’t beat yourself up if the words don’t flow as easily as you’d hoped they might.

“I worked out I needed to write 2,000 words a day five days a week to have a completed first draft in nine weeks. I ended up finishing it in seven,” said Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and upcoming The Foundling .

“It definitely gets easier the further you get into the book, when you know the characters and story better. If I didn’t hit my daily word count I didn’t beat myself up, I just wrote a bit more the next day.” Stacey recommends using index cards to plan your novel.”I mapped out the whole plot using one or two sentences for each scene, wrote them on cards and stuck them to the wall. It helped to see my story as a […]

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