Today we dive into the final topic in this series on book writing advice with what is arguably the most important question of all – “How can you make writing your book easier so you can get it done and publish it?”
My answers are below. But before we begin, I’d like you to reframe “writing a book” as “writing down words”, because at the end of the day, that is all we’re doing here. We’ll approach our book with a general idea of how long it needs to be, and focus on getting to that word count number that lets us say, “Yay! It’s done!”.
But how long will that take? Well, the basic structure of a book can, for most people, be completed in about 45 minutes a day, in two or three months. But for most of us it’s not quite as simple as sitting down at 11, writing for a while, and getting up again at 11:45.
For most of us, we could use a few strategies to make it doable, possible, and 100% non-intimidating.
Let’s talk about 3 things you can do to make “writing your book” not much of a big deal at all.
Today, we tackle a contentious issue among authors.
How good does a book have to be?
Many new authors – especially ones that don’t have a lot of other writing experience – are understandably concerned about this. We all put a lot of heart and soul and time (and sometimes money) into writing a book. We don’t want to go through that and find out at the end that it wasn’t good enough.
In yesterday’s edition of “let’s write a book strategically”, we discussed the purpose of your book, the primary aim that it’s designed to achieve. Today, we’re talking about what kind of book it is.
Let’s face it – you have an inconceivable amount of knowledge stored in your head. Your life and business experience has given you wisdom, insight, and understanding that you never could have predicted. You could write lots of books about lots of things. In the Write a Book With Me program, we tackle what to put into the book you’re writing, and what to leave out.
But how in the heck are you supposed to decide what book to write in the first place?
Now, you may already know the answer to this question. You may have long ago decided you’re writing your mother’s life story, or a practical guide to low-light gardening, or a tell-all memoir of your crazy summer in Phuket. If you’ve already decided that, then you can go about your business and I’ll see you tomorrow.
But if you’re anything less than 100% sure, keep reading, because I can probably help.