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The Struggles of Becoming an Author and Writing Your First Book

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Writing a book is hard. You have to be able to express complex ideas in a limited number of words while making them interesting and accessible to your target audience. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and perseverance to become an author and write your first book. If you’re thinking of becoming an author and writing your first book, here are some struggles you should expect along the way:

Finding the right topic to write about

The first step to becoming an author and writing your first book is finding the right topic to write about. There are a few different ways you can find a topic for your book: - The problem you want to solve - If you have a problem or issue that you want to help solve, you can write a book about it. This works best for specific industry-relevant topics, like marketing books for marketers, leadership books for managers, and sales books for sales professionals. - An interesting topic you’re passionate about - If you have a general topic you’re passionate about, like nutrition, personal growth, or business, you can write a book about it. Depending on your topic, this works well for nonfiction books, like self-help books, business books, and career books. - A burning desire to write - You can also write a book because you just have to get it out there. You have a passion and drive to write, but you may not necessarily have a specific topic in mind. This works best for fiction books, like novels, short stories, and children’s books.

Researching and Outlining Your Book

Once you’ve decided on a topic for your book, it’s time to dig into the research. You don’t have to be an expert on the topic to write a book about it, but you do have to educate yourself on the subject. You may even want to outsource this part to someone who is an expert in your topic. This can be done through a crowdsourcing service like Upwork. You also need to outline your book. This is the foundation of your book and will help you stay on track as you’re writing it. An outline can take many different forms. You can create a table of contents, a mind map, or a detailed outline with each chapter broken down into sections. If you’re writing fiction, an outline may not be necessary, but you may want to outline a general plot or story arc. Outlining your book will help you stay focused and on track.

Coming up with a title that describes your book well

Once you have a rough draft of your book written, it’s time to come up with a title that describes your book well. Your title is what’s going to help sell your book to your target audience. You want to make sure your title captures their interest and makes them want to read your book. There are several ways you can come up with a title for your book: - Brainstorm a list of potential titles - Take some time to brainstorm a list of potential titles. Don’t worry about whether they fit your book just yet. Just get as many ideas out of your head as possible. - Outline your book and pick a title from there - After you’ve outlined your book, pick a title from there. - Hire a branding or naming expert - If you’re struggling to come up with a title, consider hiring a branding or naming expert. They can help you come up with a title that both fits your book and sells it.

Developing a writing schedule

After you’ve outlined your book and come up with a title, it’s time to develop a writing schedule. Depending on your topic and book-length, writing a book can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. It’s important to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself. If you try to write a 90,000-word book in two months, you’re likely to burn yourself out and not finish your book. Instead, set realistic goals and timelines for yourself, such as writing 500 words a day.

Facing your fear and publishing your book

Once you’ve completed your book, you’re going to face one of the scariest parts of becoming an author: publishing your book and sharing it with the world. This is the most difficult part of the process, but it’s also the most rewarding. Publishing your book can be scary. You’re putting yourself out there and inviting criticism of your work. There are two ways you can publish your book: traditional publishing and self-publishing. Traditional publishing can be difficult to get into, especially as a new author, but self-publishing is an option for anyone who wants to publish their book quickly. Depending on the type of book you’ve written, you may also be able to publish your books on online book publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, or Apple iBooks.


Writing a book is a challenging and rewarding experience. It takes time, dedication and perseverance to become an author and write your first book. With the help of these tips and tricks, you can overcome the struggles that come with writing a book and come out on top.


Additional Resources

For further details on how to strategically craft your first novel, click here to "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook" by Donald Maass. It teaches you about building plot layers, creating inner conflict, strengthening voice and point of view, developing character qualities, strengthening theme, and lots more.

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