How difficult is it to write a book?

Initially tough and quite difficult, later liquid and quite light.

I’m a slow writer.For almost 200,000 characters I used gross three months (besides my work and not during the holiday). It’s just stupid that two important chapters were still missing. That’s why I wrote another 100,000 characters in just one month and finished the book.

My book is a guide bookthat I wrote on behalf of a publisher.The topic was predetermined, so was the target group. It was also defined how I should address readers. The structure of the book and the selection of the main content were of course one of my tasks. In addition, I have taken screenshots and a few diagrams. The goal was to deliver 220,000 characters. The publisher then takes care of the proofreading, shortens and reads the text, develops the layout and graphic design, publishes the book. And pays me a guaranteed fee in three instalments.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have started without the publishing house.And without the set dates, I might still not be finished.

It is absolutely necessary to have a plan: What is the structure of the book?What chapters are there? How long are the respective chapters? When is the deadline? That’s why I knew how much I had to write on average per day or week.

If I had let it grind at the beginning and written only little, I would not have finished in time in the end.I managed 350 to 500 words a day at first. Later 500 to 1,500 words a day.

The reason for my slowness: I want to write in such a way that you can read the text fluently aloud.That’s why I wrote a few sentences, read them aloud again and again and changed them until I was satisfied. Then the next sentences…

Today I write faster because I am more experienced.And because I write first and then later, by far, optimize the text.

Based on my experience with my first book, a few tips:

  1. Plan structure and structure of the book carefully.
  2. Set a deadline: When does the manuscript have to be ready?
  3. Write daily.

It is best to always have two hours in the morning. Increase the number of words from the initial 250 to 500 words per day.

  • Just write on it.
  • If a sentence isn’t perfect yet, no matter. Keep writing. You will go over the text several times anyway. With time lag, it will be easier for you to improve the text.

  • Use the program Scrivener[1.
  • With this you keep the overview, you can easily make changes and export to all possible formats. Scrivener shows you how many characters and words you wrote in total and in the current session.

  • Keep in close contact with your contact person at the publisher.
  • One of the tasks of the blockage is to help you with a blockade or to clarify questions quickly.

    I wish you a lot of pleasure in writing!


    [1 Literature and Latte – Scrivener Writing Software

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