I am an author of five bestsellers, and without hesitations I can say that the hardest part of being a writer is actually doing the work. Books can't write themselves. So how to write a book? Below, you're going to find 10 the most useful steps for writing a book along with three phases which accompany them:

Phase #1: The Beginning

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  1. Determine the idea of the book

    Writing should reflect a particular idea. Write a simple argument and then make it a sentence, then a paragraph and so forth. Next, compose a table of contents to help you. Your book now should be seen in terms of beginning, middle and the end. Do not over complicate this, for now.

  2. Make a daily word count challenge

    John Grisham, despites great busyness, woke up an hour or two earlier in the morning and wrote a page a day. After a couple of years, he had a novel. I mean that one page a day isn't a lot, still, regularity shows the great results.

  3. Daily allocate time for writing a book

    Consistency is a true friend of creativity. Dedicate time for writing each day - e.g. 8 to 10pm. This helps reaching complicated goals. Feel free to take day offs but plan them in advance.

  4. Write in the same surrounding

    The place where you write should be special, separated from others. When you enter it, you should be ready to start working.

Phase #2: Keep doing it

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  1. Determine the total number of words

    After you've started writing, you need to decide how many words in total would your book contain. The number might vary from 10 to 100 thousands of words; it depends on what exactly you want to have at the end.

  2. Make a weekly deadline

    Besides daily, you also need a weekly deadline, and to keep things objective you can get back to a word count. Celebrate each reach, but don't forget about what is still supposed to be done.

  3. Try getting an early feedback

    Getting an early feedback saves you from making irreversible mistakes. It's perfect if you have a couple of trusted advisers (e.g. friends, relatives or editors) who can help you understand your weak sides.

Phase #3: Finishing


  1. Finally release it

    Finish a book at any cost. Post it on Amazon or send it to a publisher, do whatever you prefer just don't forget about it.

  2. Accept a failure

    Not every book is a bestseller, keep this in mind. Failures are normal. Just be okay with it and have an inspiration to continue doing what you love.

  3. Write another book

    A first book is an important experience, but it doesn't mean that it's enough. So put yourself together and try again. This is the only way to perfection. Every writer began from scratch and most of them were far from perfect. Successful writers are disciplined and extremely hardworking people who never forget to write at least something a day. Want to be one of them?