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Swoon Author Tiana Smith: How to Write a Book

My first book Match Me If You Can just came out, so basically, I’m a pro now and know exactly what I’m doing all the time.

Hahahaha. I can’t even say that with a straight face. Okay, so real talk. I don’t know what I’m doing half the time, and the other half, I just got lucky when something worked out. If I were to write a guide on how to write a book, it’d look something like this:

Step 1: Put pajamas on.

Step 2: Open computer and uselessly bang on the keyboard for a full half-hour.

Step 3: Go to YouTube and fall down the rabbit hole.

Step 4: Go back to your document and delete everything you have written thus far.

Step 5: Check Twitter. Spend two hours scrolling.

Step 6: Open your document again. Experiment with all the pretty fonts and colors.

Step 7: Search online for pictures that look like your main character. Make a mood board.

Step 8: Create a fake cover for your book using Paint.

Step 9: Think about doing the dishes. But don’t.

Step 10: Glare at your computer for eternity.

Step 11: Repeat steps 1-10 until you have a passable novel.

That’s it. That’s how you write a book.

Oh, but I forgot the most important step of all:

Step 12: Edit so much your brain leaks out your ears.

Really, there is no secret to success. There’s no one way to write a book. Every author has their good days and their bad days. The only real piece of advice I have if you’re trying to write a book is to keep at it. As the saying goes, published authors are just writers who didn’t give up.

Did you see yourself in any of these steps? It’s okay to confess. We’ve all been there.

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