Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

2020 was not The year I wrote my first book – but this was the year I started thinking about it. And in typical freelance writer fashion, I decided to take advantage of my situation and get some advice about it from people more skilled than me under the guise of researching this article. Here I managed to learn.

A way to take notes

Apparently books are not made entirely of ether. You have to work on them, brainstorm on different ideas, research and take notes before you can really get started. I know, but oh well.

Chris Bailey, author of Productivity project And Hyperfocus, And an all-in-all productivity guru, is obsessive about taking notes for his books. He has legal pads around his house, when he walks around the city, and even has a small notepad. Waterproof notepad In his shower. If he can’t put his ideas to paper, he uses To simplify.

Brian McLellan, the epic fantasy writer Powder granule The series is a little less over-the-top about demonetisation, but he also prioritizes the paper approach and carries a notepad with him – or at least tries to. Whenever he leaves it in his car, he “whips out” his smartphone and uses whatever Notes app is preinstalled.

Both authors stressed that the tool you use to take notes does not work as much as the task of doing it. Notes can be anything from a quiet word or an idea for a magic system to written conversations or annotated historical documents. But, whatever form they take, they are likely to be the basis of your book.

Like some (any) writing app

Unfortunately, neither McClellan nor Bailey have some super-secret writing tools that do all the work for them. However, you have some suggestions for use when doing all the work.

For smaller works with a single point-of-view character, McClain has used 2003 – not of any sort George RR Martin-style adopted function writing technique, But because this is what he has. “Writing bit is the most important thing,” he explained on Zoom. “It’s just about bringing it down. It does not matter what you are doing it. “

In the long run, more complex projects with multiple point-of-view characters use McClain Usher. He said that all of its demonetisation, profiling, and other book-centric features made it easier to keep its more than 200,000-word draft in order.

Bailey has a different way of breaking his books into manageable chunks. It starts with a solid framework and then creates a TextEdit – yes, the TextEdit that comes pre-installed on the macOS-file for each chapter.

Second, safe copy of your work

Tech writers go on and on about supporting your work, but it’s even more important if you’re spending months or years on a book. You do not want a single spilled cup of coffee or a spilled laptop bag to erase your as yet unreleased work.

McClain saves all his files Dropbox. And, while Bailey did not specifically mention which backup service he uses, I could see little green ticks next to every text edit file on the screen share, which indicated that each should be safely Was stored in the cloud from. Personally, I have my writing app for all my articles Ulysses Sync everything via iCloud.

If you don’t know where to start, we have A great guide on the wire here. Read it and get support.

Something to track your progress

In the course of a year, writing the first draft of the book is surprisingly attainable. At 1,500 words per week (or a few hours of work) you can have a 75,000-word draft written in 50 weeks. Keep a few more hours here and there to edit, and you can actually see the rough manuscript until December, without doing anything crazy like locking yourself in a cave.

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