How to Start Writing By Creating the Daily Writing Habit

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Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work.

– Stephen King

“Do I really have to write every single day?” you may be thinking. “But what if…?”

So many things can get in the way — some we can avoid, others not so easily.

And we’re great at imagining dire and unavoidable obstacles. We’re writers, after all.

And yes, if you miss a day or two here and there, you’re still a writer.

There’s no judging here. We know how challenging it can be (some days more than others) to write every single day.

But that’s the goal – and it’s one, professional writers not only strive to meet but also plan for. Anything you commit to doing every day is something you take seriously.

Anyone who’s had a daily writing habit long enough knows there will be days when it is harder to keep that commitment to your writing.

Because it’s work. And that’s how you need to see it, if you’re going to get anywhere as a writer.

Writers show up and write. Those who want to earn a regular income with their writing make a habit of writing daily.

It’s as simple as it is true, but that doesn’t make it easy. Because there will be days when it isn’t.

Good habits make it easier, though. The habit of writing every day makes you a better writer.

It makes you exponentially more likely to finish writing a book — let alone multiple books — and to actually make a living with your writing.

A daily writing habit can even make you a better person, as well as a more creative and productive one.

It doesn’t have to be a large time commitment, either. Like muscles, your writing skills will atrophy if you don’t exercise them.

But just a few minutes of exercising that writing muscle every day can accelerate your growth as a writer.

You make time for the things that matter to you. So, if improving as a writer and earning a substantial income with it matters to you, make time for daily writing.

If you’re wondering, now, just how to start writing every day, so you can reap the benefits, read on.

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List Of Standard Books Sizes To Make The Right Size Selection

Standard Book Sizes

So, you have a finished book, and you’re wanting to publish a paperback (or hardback) option for your readers. But what size should you choose for it?

Should you go with the average book size for your genre, or should you base your decision on your book’s word count and go with the size that will cost the least to print?

For example, maybe you were thinking of 5.5” by 8.5”, but the page count would be so high, you’d pay over a dollar more per copy (according to KDP’s printing cost calculator) than you would if you chose a 6” by 9” trim size. So, you’d have to set the price higher to get the same amount in royalties.

Standard book sizes for the publishing industry give you the best clue as to how to move forward on this. But you’ll also want to consider the following:

  • Typical book sizes for your genre
  • The book size you particularly like for books in your chosen genre
  • Distribution options for each book size
  • The maximum price you want to charge for each copy
  • The minimum royalty you want to earn from each copy

If the average book in your genre, for example, costs under $10, you may want to choose a book size that ensures you’ll earn at least $2 per copy at this price. Once you’ve determined the page count for each trim size, you can use those values to calculate the printing costs for the options you’re considering.

Also, if you choose the “extended distribution” option with KDP, make sure your price is well above the cost of printing and distribution. You’ll have to set the price a few dollars higher than you would for standard (Amazon) distribution.

With Ingram Spark, you’ll also input a wholesale discount for booksellers (55% is a standard minimum if you want to see your book on bookstore shelves). To calculate price per book and your royalty (“publisher compensation”), use the calculator on their website.

But there’s more to choosing the right book size than calculating your royalties.

Why Size Matters

The trim size is one of the main determining factors for your book’s page count. Other factors include margins, font type and size, and line spacing.

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12 Of The Best Writing Websites To Inspire You To Write

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Would you like to connect with other writers while you learn how to improve your writing skills and create books that will sell?

Writing websites aren’t a new thing, but there are so many out there on the world wide web, and it can be hard to know which ones are really worth your time.

So, we’ve curated this list of twelve top writing websites to help you grow as a writer.

Some are writing blogs written by passionate and knowledgeable authors; others are writing websites with resources to help you further develop your writing skills and connect with other creative thinkers.

Some will challenge the way you think, leading you down a rabbit hole of brilliance and unconventional insight. Others will offer practical advice on how to not only create a book you’ll be proud of but also to make sure it actually sells.

So, when you’re not actually writing, take some time to check out the following links and bookmark the ones you’ll want to spend more time with.

Top Writing Websites to Inspire and Motivate

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31 Ridiculously Simple Tips For Writing Your Next Book

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What are the best tips for writing a book? We have you covered.

Maybe you have a book idea, and you’re thinking it would make a great book.

The problem? You’ve never written a book before. And with all the information out there on the steps to writing a book, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Or maybe you have written a book, and you’ve learned a few things from it, but you’re also a bit embarrassed by the mistakes you made. You want this new book to be something you’ll be proud to share and to talk about with others.

You’re ready for a clear and simple guide on how to write a book. And you’ve just found one. For this article, we’ve curated the best book writing tips you’re likely to find in books and on the web.

So, grab a cup of something you like, and read on.

Why Learning to Write Better Is Such an Important Skill

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How to Quote A Quote And Put A Quote Within A Quote

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Punctuation rules are tricky enough to remember when they’re consistent for all English readers.

But they’re not. And quotation marks are a great example of that. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on how to quote quotes and how to punctuate a quote within a quote, you read something from across the pond.

Suddenly, up is down, and broccoli is the new chocolate. The world no longer makes sense.

But before you fold your arms and narrow your eyes at your neighbors across the way, rest easy.

American and British English have their differences, but the rules are pretty straightforward on both sides.

They just happen to be nearly the exact opposite.

So, if you’re ready to learn the rules on how to quote a quote — whether you’re writing in American or British English — read on.

(SIDEBAR: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest downloading our FREE CHECKLIST, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.

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Learn How to Improve Writing Skills And It Will Change Your Life

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You already know that having writing skills has the power to change your life and the lives of those who read your work.

So, it makes sense that writing better — more clearly, more fluidly, and more beautifully — has even greater power for both you and your reader.

How do you improve writing skills?

How do you improve to become the kind of writer whose work other people read aloud — because it sounds so good in their heads, their vocal cords get jealous?

It’s both easier and harder than it sounds to develop new writing skills.

It’s easier because once you learn tips for better writing, you’ll find it easier to improve your writing; it’s harder because it takes commitment, butt-in-chair time, and discovering ways to practice writing. It’s real work.

There is no magic bullet that will instantly transform you into a highly-skilled and emulated writer.

When it comes to learning to write well, you’ll cover more ground in less time if you implement these steps on how to get better at writing.

So, dig in and see how even small changes to your writing skills can make a huge difference.

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25 Of The Best Books On Writing

Best Books on Writing

Looking for books to hone your skills as a writer? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift for a writer you know whose library of the craft needs some new powerhouse additions. No matter what reason you have to shop for books (and do you really need one, anyway?), this list shares the titles of … Read more