I’m a ghostwriter, so I write books and book proposals for my clients.
Let me share three secrets that ghostwriters know. They may help you to write.
1. Write your book proposal first — it’s a business plan for your book
Even if you have no intention of going the traditional publishing route — you intend to self-publish — creating a book proposal first helps you to write the book you should be writing.
I like to create a blurb first. What’s a blurb? As this post, The Keys to a Great Book Proposal | The Steve Laube Agency, puts it:
“Back Cover Blurb: In two or three short paragraphs, make me want to buy your book. Take the time to make this sparkle, because great back cover copy will help sell me on your book, then the editor, then the pub board, then marketing, then your readers.”
Your blurb keeps you on track. All books morph as you write them. Your blurb reminds you what you’re writing.
If you’re writing a mystery, make sure that there’s a mystery to solve. If you’re writing a book of seafood recipes, every recipe must contain seafood, or be a recipe for something you could eat or drink with seafood…
2. Ground your book in daily life
Novelists and short story writers are told to “show, not tell”, and this applies to your book too, no matter what you’re writing.
Use the evidence of your senses, such as touch, taste, and smell, to ground your book. Your writing will be real. You’ll show, rather than tell.
3. Start anywhere you like
You don’t have to write from the first chapter to the last. You can start anywhere. When you begin writing each day, go where your energy directs you.
If you force yourself to write sequentially, and you’re bored, your reader will be bored too. Your own energy is the perfect guide. Follow your energy.
Writing a book is hugely satisfying. There’s nothing like the feeling of holding your own book in your hands for the first time, or for seeing it on bookstore shelves. Have fun writing. :-)