How to Make 2023 the Year you Write a Book
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How to Make 2023 the Year you Write a Book

How to Make 2023 the Year you Write a Book

It’s a New Year and many people have set ‘Write a Book’ as their New Year’s Resolution. So, today I’m going to share some tips on how to make 2023 the year you write a book.

How to write a book in 2023

You don’t need to write constantly

First up, you don’t need to finish writing a book in 2023, you just need to start writing a book in 2023. Some people take weeks to write a full novel, others take years. It depends on your style of writing, your editing style and your time.

I typically take 3-6 months to write a novel. I wrote What Planet Can I Blame This On? in 3 months as I had a very tight deadline, and I wrote my last novel between February and November 2022 with four months off in the middle due to other priorities.

Sometimes life gets in the way, or you don’t feel the inspiration for a long period of time. The top tip I have is not to pressure yourself. Pressuring yourself will only make the process harder and not any fun, and that will lead to you giving up. You have to enjoy yourself when writing a novel, otherwise, you’ll never start or finish a novel.

Set a deadline

That being said, having a deadline can be really helpful when writing a novel. It doesn’t have to be a deadline to finish, it could simply be a deadline to write 10,000 words by.

I like to have a deadline so that I can’t procrastinate and say ‘I’ll do that later’ as there is a finish line to aim for. A bit like budgeting, if you don’t have anything to save for you’re not going to save money. If you don’t have a deadline, you’re never going to meet it.

Trying planning and see where it gets you

Some people are pantser – prefer to write by the seat of their pants i.e. without a plan – others are planners. I’m a planner, although I used to be a pantser.

I recommend having some form of plan – even a simple headline or each chapter, or a character breakdown so that you have something to refer back to when you lose inspiration or motivation to write. It’s inevitable that at some point you’ll hit a roadblock and wonder why you started writing in the process. By having some form of plan to refer to, you’ll more likely to find that motivation faster than trying to work through it.

Read books within your genre

If you’re looking for motivation or inspiration you should also read within the genre that you’re writing. Too many writers I’ve spoken to, as a publisher, tell me that they’re writing a novel in a genre that’s new to them. There are no rules against that, but you need to know your audience and what works to really understand that genre and write a successful book.

It can also help to motivate you as you can read words from successful authors and imagine what your life will be like when you’re novel is published.

Talk to other writers

And finally, in 2023, try reaching out to other writers through Facebook Groups, Twitter, author pages or simply your friends. I work in publishing so a lot of my friends are writers, either on the side or as your main job. In 2023, I’m going to be a part of a writers’ group for the first time in my life. It’s helping me to meet a deadline – as I have people expecting to read some writing from me – and it’s a great support system for when I have writer’s block or need a fresh idea.

I hope 2023 is the year of the novel for you, and I look forward to seeing you succeed! If you have any questions please let me know! As a writer and a publisher, I always love hearing from others going through the process of writing a book. Best of luck!

Love Ellie x

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