Is There a Book in You?

We’ve all heard people say that they could write a book. Some people do eventually get around to it, but the majority never do. With the self-publishing market booming it is easier than ever to see your name in print so what’s holding you back?

The most frequently cited reason for not penning that novel or business book is lack of time. There is no getting away from the fact that writing is a big commitment but if you are determined, you will find a way. Get up an hour early, go to bed later or dedicate part of the weekend to writing and you will be surprised at how quickly the wordcount ramps up. Just 500 words a day adds up to 3,500 words a week and that’s 14,000 a month. At that rate, in six months you will have an 84,000 word manuscript. That sounds achievable, doesn’t it?

Lack of inspiration is another reason for not starting a novel but ideas are everywhere and come from the most unexpected sources. I advise my writing group to carry a notebook so that when something occurs to them, they can jot it down. I have notebooks everywhere; in my car, in my handbag and especially beside my bed. I have lost count of the number of times I have settled down to go to sleep, only to have a gem of an idea pop into my head.

Poor English skills or a lack of confidence in spelling and grammar may be another barrier to getting started on your book but there are people who can help. A ghostwriter will take your ideas and bring them to life on the page or you could draft your manuscript and employ the services of an editor to help perfect your writing and iron out any mistakes and inconsistencies. A proofreader will pick up any final errors that may have been missed.

So, if you have always wanted to tell your life story, write a novel or share your expertise with others,
there is no better time than the present.

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    Kim Kimber is an experienced writer, copy editor and proofreader who is passionate about the written word in all its forms and a stickler for getting it right. As the former editor of a parenting and lifestyle magazine, Kim knows what makes interesting copy and how to achieve it. Her features have been published in national and international publications on many subjects. Find out more
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