What Does It Take to Write a Book?

March 14, 2020 0 By April Kirkwood

So many people make the mistake of sitting down and assuming they can write a book with little to no experience. However, a book is very much a labor of love. While many people manage to finish their books and find publishers for them, there are many more that stumble at one hurdle or another. Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to write a book.


First and foremost, writing a book is always going to take time. Many of the most popular authors have the luxury of being able to earn a living entirely off their royalties. This allows them to approach writing like a full-time job and they can devote every moment of their working lives to perfecting the next book.

Many, however, cannot afford to do this. While some decide to take a sabbatical to get that novel written, there are others who need to balance other jobs alongside their writing. They might have a family and a 9-to-5, and all of this can make it quite difficult for them to find time to write.


There are going to be days when the last thing you want to do is put pen to paper or open your word document. However, you need to otherwise your novel will never get written. Whether you manage to write 50 words or 5000, you need to keep at it. Little by little, you will chip away at your word count and you will soon have a completed piece of work.

However, you still need perseverance past this. Trying to get your novel published can be a draining experience. If you have no luck with traditional methods, why not look into online self-publishing? The right online self-publishing company will be able to take your manuscript and transform it into the book of your dreams. They might even have book distribution services that will allow you to put your e-book with top distributors like Amazon.


One of the worst things you can do is write a book to meet a certain target demographic. It will be too formulaic, too stilted, and bound by constraints that you should not have put on yourself.

Write for you. Tell the story that you, first and foremost, want to see. If you are able to do this, then there will definitely be someone out there who will also want to read your story. Everyone has a story or two inside them. Even if you start with a single scene, you might soon be able to expand your book into a full world, whether it is a high fantasy in its own unique world, or a romance set on the streets of your favorite city.

Writing a book is never easy. Take the time to research and fully plan your book. Though you don’t need to stick to this plan in terms of getting it written, it should give you a direction to strike out in. Start writing that book today, before you know it you could have a full manuscript in your hands!

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