Do you know that every person has a book dwelling inside? If you don't believe me, ask any person you meet and you'll find out that most of them have some idea that could turn into a great book if they only wanted to write it. But all the daily responsibilities we have often prevent us from doing this. Or, at least, we think so. Do you know how I wrote my first novel? I did it during the only time I could find - during my daily commute. After doing some brainstorming and looking at the example of my favorite writers, I came up with this idea and began working on my first novel. Of course, it took a lot of time to write it, but when I got its first copy into my hands, I realized that I was rewarded.
Read on to learn how I wrote my novel during my daily commute and understand how you can do it, too.
Avoid the writer's block.
You know what a writer's block is - it's when you think you can't keep on writing. I managed to fight it by making a commitment. I decided that I would write every day on my commute that took me 40 minutes. So as soon as I sat down in a train, I'd open my laptop and begin writing. Thus, chunk by chunk, I wrote the whole novel.
Lay out the firm basis (if you need it).
Along with writing, I read a lot of books by famous authors who told how to write a good book. If you're like Stephen King, you don't think about how your novel is going to end when you begin writing it. All the ideas come on the way. But if you need to know what you'd write next, you need to elaborate the structure for your novel. For that, you can use the Snowflake method. In short, it requires you to write the entire plot of your book in a sentence, then develop it into a paragraph, in 4 paragraphs, and in 4 pages. Then you need to list out all scenes and begin writing! While doing this, make sure that your story doesn't have any plot holes and that all the actions taken by characters make sense. See that whatever they do corresponds with who they are, their goals, and their knowledge base.
Restore your memory on the events.
Before every writing session, read the one-line descriptions of previous and current events in your book. It will be easier to get started.
Apply some finishing touches.
Don't forget to proofread and edit your book, format it, and get a cover. It's all hard work, as well. But when you see the result, you will understand that it was all worth it.
As for me, I couldn't be happier with seeing the results!