Writing a Christian book is different than writing a regular book. What is God urging you to write your Christian book about? Are you going to write about how God helped you overcome a big hurdle in your life? Are you going to teach someone about a specific book of the Bible? Or maybe just share the gospel in general?
But sometimes it’s hard to write, isn’t it? Sometimes you need a little something to get started.
8 Ways To Get Started Writing Your Christian Book:
If you’re writing for the glory of God, He needs to be the center of your writing. Not you. It’s not about you. It’s about His Kingdom and sharing His good news with the world. Talk to God and let Him guide you in the right direction. If you skip this step, you’ll be too focused on what you want to say, instead of what God wants you to write.
- Study the Bible:
You can’t share God’s Word if you don’t know His Word. Make time for Bible study and make sure you understand the Gospel. There is no way to skip this step and still write a good Christian book. Christianity relies on knowing God and the key to doing that is reading His Word.
- Write Your Summaries First:
After brainstorming and before writing your outlines, write your summaries first. Having a basic storyline in place before outlining and drafting helps to keep you on point throughout the book, whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction. This way, if you decide you want to change something while you are outlining or drafting, you can look back at your summary and make sure the storyline will still make sense. There is no specific length for a summary, it’s for your own personal use. Personally, I start from the beginning of the story and include the major plot points that get my character or idea from beginning to end. The little details are important but they shouldn’t change the major plot points in the long run. Writing your summaries first gives you a baseline to follow for your whole project. It covers the highlights and key points. Save the details for your manuscript.
- Start in the Middle:
Actions scenes are fun to write! Start the writing process with the most exciting part of the story. If you are writing an exciting scene then you will be excited to get started writing your book. Make sure it’s a good scene though, if you begin with a mediocre scene then your attitude toward the whole book may be mediocre. There’s a difference between the hero deciding to fight and the hero triumphing over evil. Choose to start in action and keep the momentum going! That is the most important part. The book will never get written if you don’t start writing somewhere. Personally, the beginning of the book is the last thing I write. Ironic isn’t it? But you can include a lot more foreshadowing in the beginning if you already know exactly how the story unfolds and ends.
- Write like no one’s going to read it:
As long as you keep your rough draft in a place that no one else can get to it, no one can read it. Whether you write with a pen, pencil, or keyboard, your writing is not permanent. Anything you write can be changed if you don’t like it. If you find that something different works better for your story, you can change it. Just because you wrote it down, doesn’t mean it’s going to be in your book. No matter if you are just starting out or have been writing for years, everyone’s first draft sucks. Don’t be ashamed of it. Chances are, when your book is finished, it will look nothing like your first draft (which is a good thing). The editing and revising process are the hardest steps in writing a book but they are what makes a book into the final manuscript that you let people actually read.
- Write What You Know:
When you’re writing about a topic you don’t know a lot about, it’s hard to put your heart into it. Good writing reaches people when you can see the author’s passion coming through the pages. It’s hard to write about something you’re not passionate about and writing is difficult enough as it is, so write about what you know. This is why personal Bible study is so important for writing your Christian book! You have to know the Bible in order to write about it. You have to know God in order to write for God.
- The Fast Draft:
Imagine someone just asked you, “What’s your book about?” and you have to explain the events of your story to this person in a way will make them want to read it. That’s what you want to write down. Tell the overview of the story as if you were selling it to a publisher or a potential reader. If it’s nonfiction, start with the problem and then summarize the steps it takes to get to the new way of doing things. If it’s fiction, start with introducing the character and setting, then explain the story as it unfolds and the events that happen to move the story forward. Finally, tell about the exciting incident with vivid descriptions in order to entice the person you are telling the story to. When you get to the ending, make sure to keep the reader in suspense so that the story ends with the reader feeling like they accomplished everything the main character did.
- Express Writing Session:
An express writing session is exactly what it sounds like. Start a timer for 10 minutes (or whatever your time preference is) and write as much as you can, as fast as you can. You will be amazed at how much quality content you can write when you’re on a quick deadline. An important rule to express writing sessions is to never stop writing. If you get distracted or a different thought comes through your mind, write it in. You can delete it later. Don’t lose momentum. Write now. Edit later. It’s as simple and as powerful as that. Try this for your next scene or section for your book and see what comes out of it.
P.S. – Where you write is just as important as what you write, because if you aren’t in the right environment then you won’t be able to write anything. Make sure you have a quiet, uninterrupted space to write. You need to be able to focus on getting your thoughts onto paper without getting side tracked by conversations or social media. The same environment in which you pray, is a good place to start writing your Christian book.
Timing is important as well. When do you want to be finished writing? How many days a week will you write? How many hours a day can you write? You have to plan it out ahead of time and stick to that schedule in order to accomplish your goal (or rather God’s goal).