Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a book? My #1 tip is to find a really comfortable place with unlimited amounts of caffeine and pizza - as you'll surely need 10x the recommend dose of both! Today's guest post gives you a bunch of tips on what it takes if you want to start. Enjoy!
Many college freshmen stay up till 2 a.m. on the weekends because they’re drinking and posing for pictures at frat parties—I stayed up till 2 a.m. because I was writing a book about what I’ve learned from never having a boyfriend.
I sat in my dorm room my second semester of college brainstorming, writing, and revising the story of my life so far. I had finally figured out how I was the same but different in the world, and I was ready to talk about it. My book became not just something I decided to write, but a message that I feel everyone my age can relate to.
Fifteen months ago, I fantasized before falling asleep that I could inspire others with my story of being single. Now my idea is a book I can hold in my hands.
While a lot of my friends and supporters think I’m an overnight success, the amount of time and effort I’ve put into this project is indescribable. Writing a book today and getting published is not a walk in the park, and doing it all at 19 and 20 years old makes you grow up faster. Formulating all my thoughts into a complete book changed my life, but the act of creating my story, brand, and business taught me more than I ever anticipated.
This is what I learned from writing a book at 19 years old:
1.) Writing the book is the easiest part—it only gets harder with each step.
2.) Having others revise your work and debate you on your subject matter is extremely valuable.
3.) College essays become relatively easier to complete after writing a book.
4.) I actually had enough everyday thoughts to compile into a book.
5.) Sometimes you’ll have to miss The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon so you can finish writing a chapter (Sorry Jimmy, I still love you).
6.) There is breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight-writing-feast.
7.) When you don’t know what to say, stop everything, watch a TED Talk, and then go back to writing.
8.) When you think you’re done revising, you’re not.
9.) I don’t know how J.K. Rowling ever published the Harry Potter series when each book had like 700 pages to edit.
10.) Branding is everything.
11.) Marketing is a full-time job.
12.) Car ride thoughts, shower thoughts, and what you think about before you fall asleep are your most interesting ideas.
13.) Finding the balance between listening and speaking is critical.
14.) Sometimes you won’t know how to get the words out. When that happens you have to just wait until the moment you’re living your life and the right sentence or adjective comes to mind.
15.) There will be times when you feel with everything in your soul that this message of yours will change the world, and then there will be moments where you wonder if this book you’ve written is really even that good.
16.) Write when you’re happy, furious, heart broken, or crying your eyes out.
17.) Write all your ideas down. All of them. Even if you have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to find a notebook to jot it down.
18.) Write what you know.
19.) You don’t just write a book. You build a business.
Stacey Springob is the author of What I’ve Learned From Never Having a Boyfriend. Buy her book on Amazon.com today, and follow her on social media.
Twitter and Instagram: @StaceySpringob