Let’s go ahead and take a look at this method of properly planning and pacing yourself while writing your Kindle books step-by-step, shall we?
>> Kindle Book Planning is Caring
Not only will planning your Kindle book ahead of time via an outline of chapters, characters (if fiction) and conducting research help you map things out easier, it will also likely help speed up the overall writing process quite significantly. Once you have the overall gist of your Kindle book outlined you can then effectively begin planning out what you’ll be writing each day, week and months.
>> Avoiding Writer Burnout
When you first start out writing your next Kindle book after planning the overall summary and outline, you should schedule several days each week to include short, concentrated stints of writing and a couple much longer, intense sessions. It’s up to you in regards to what you choose to do with each, but we highly recommend focusing on your rewriting, editing and proofreading on the shorter writing days and getting as much as you can on paper (or screen, rather) during your long writing days.
As an aside, you’d do well not to make a habit of trying to critique and edit your writing as you’re writing/typing it. This can be accomplished when you go back and proofread, rewrite and edit what you’ve already written on your longer writing days. You’ll definitely save yourself a whole lot of unnecessary aggravation this way.
>> Take it to the Next Level
As you progress further into writing your Kindle book, you should adequately increase your longer writing days to match. Not only will this help avoid the aforementioned writer burnout, but it will also help you speed towards actually completing your book at a point where the end is actually in sight.
>> Don’t Be Afraid to Take Breaks
Writer’s block (or writer’s burnout if you prefer to call it) will happen eventually. It happens to everyone – even the best of us – especially if it’s a relatively long fictional book you’re attempting to write. While it’s ultimately up to you as a writer whether you try to brute force your way past writer’s block or not, we personally prefer the escapist method.
Essentially, once you hit that proverbial wall, get up and get as far away from your computer or writing area as you can. Don’t even think about your book at all and simply do whatever it is that strikes your fancy at that moment, whether it’s catching up on your favorite TV show, taking a relaxing stroll in the park or participating in extravagant tea parties with your children. It’s up to you – the important part is that you separate yourself from your writing and give your creative mind a chance to reset and get ready for however much road you have left ahead.
>> To Work Towards a Specific Finish Date Goal or Not… That is the Question
Just as with overcoming writer’s block, it’s going to be up to you whether you decide to set a final deadline goal to have your Kindle book finished. Personally, we recommend doing this only after you’re at least two-thirds to three-quarters of your way through if you’re going to do it at all. Any earlier and you’ll be at risk of it constantly looming over your head during each and every writing session that you have.
As the moral of the famous “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable taught us, slow and steady wins the race. Just don’t be afraid to mix in a few sprinting sessions throughout and you should be good to go. Good luck!