Write the Book: Creating a Writing Schedule in order to complete your book

Updated: Feb 6

Becoming an author is a wonderful thing. It means you had a message and you had the courage to share that message with others.

Your ability to write is a gift from God. Becoming an author is your gift to others.

At RP Smith, we believe that there are many reasons to become a Christian, Inspirational, or Self-Help author. The 3 that we focus on are:

--To enhance your Ministry: Having a ministry is not narrowed down to being in a pulpit or behind a podium or being officially licensed or ordained by a high ranking person in the church. Having a ministry means that you help uplift, inspire, and make others better with the gospel of Jesus Christ and writing is one way to do that.

--Build your Brand: You build your brand by consistently sharing your knowledge. Writing books and blogs is a method of sharing

--Boost your Business: If you have a business you can write e-books that provide business tips for others. You can sell these e-books or give them away, either way you are boosting your business as well as building your brand.

The writing process can be complicated so we wanted to help you create a writing schedule so that you can see your manuscript completed! Here are 5 steps to creating your writing schedule:

1. Decide on a date of when you want to have your manuscript completed. Don't be general, be specific. Rather than say in 12 weeks or in 3 months, say by May 15, 2020.

2. Decide on a word count for your book. Use the following as a guide:

Novel: 60,000-90,000 words

Novella: 15,000-40,000 words

Short Story: 3500-7500 words

Memoir: 40,000-75,000 words

Poetry Book: One Poem Per Page (If you want a 50 page book then you will need 50 poems)

**Please note that these numbers does not mean that you must be exact. Keep in mind that your word count will likely shorten during the editing process so we recommend going over (by several hundred or a couple of thousand) your desired word count when completing your draft.

3. Decide which days you will write. Please Note: You do not have to write everyday unless your schedule allows you to. You can still reach your deadline by only setting aside 3 or 4 days per week to write. Keep your life balanced. (Example: you may decide to only write on Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

4. Decide on how many words you need to write on your selected days in order to complete your manuscript by your desired time frame.

Example: If you want to write a 40,000 word short story in 8 weeks and you have committed to writing 3 days per week this means that you will be writing a total of 24 days and you will need to write 1667 words or more on each of your writing days in order to meet your word count and deadline.

5. Read over (not edit) what you've written and decide if you want to increase your word count. If you are satisfied then you now have a completed manuscript that is ready to go through the pre-publishing process. If you want to add to what you have then you will need to adjust your schedule to make it work for you.

You can do it! Create your writing schedule and finish your book. It will enhance your ministry, build your brand, and/or boost your business.

All the Best,

RP Smith Brand

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