Are you writing a good book?

Fearing that you are not writing a good book can make it difficult to commit to working on it. You’ll probably find yourself sitting down with determination to get started on your book then the fear that this whole idea is wrong or not going to deliver the result you want will begin to creep up and you’ll get stuck again.

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Five questions to ask before starting your book

Here are five questions to ask before starting your book. Each one will help get you ready to write your book. Good planning and preparation could be the difference between success and failure. It may only take a few minutes to think about your answer to each question, but those few minutes could make a big difference to your success with your book.

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Write a book in six weeks?

Whether it is possible to write a book in six weeks is less about time and more about whether you are committed to doing it. It’s about whether you are prepared to make a challenging decision and whether you are willing to turn up and do the work. It’s not actually about whether it takes six weeks or four weeks or one week, it’s about the decision to do it at all.

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Get Inspired and Write Your Book

It’s simple. When you get inspired, you will write your book. Starting a big project like writing a book is challenging. No matter how much we want to do it, sometimes we cannot break through the fears and doubts so we can get started. If you are frustrated by your own procrastinating habits when it comes to getting started with your book, you need to learn how to get inspired so you can finally get started with your book.

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How to set your publishing goal

There are many questions you need to ask yourself before you begin writing a book, but there is one question that is more critical than any other: what is your publishing goal? It is critical because in answering this question you are revealing to yourself your own level of self-belief in, and your commitment to, your intention of publishing a book. Now, before you switch off because I mentioned the word ‘goal’, hear me out. When I use the word goal, I also mean outcome, result and dream.

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Three unwelcome truths about book publishing

Over the years, I have come across three unwelcome truths about book publishing that almost every author I have ever met trips over. For self-publishing authors, these three truths are the biggest obstacles to they encounter in publishing their book. In fact, these issues are so huge for aspiring authors that they eclipse the far greater opportunities offered by having a book. So what are these three truths and how can you keep moving towards your goal regardless of their existence?

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Choosing your book publishing format

Choosing your book publishing format is not something that most authors think about very much. But the publishing format you choose for your book can have a huge impact on what you can achieve by becoming an author.

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Is your book a big old muddle

When I started writing my first book, I made the same mistake that many new authors make: I opened a page in Word and started writing. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but I didn’t do much more than put together a rough contents page first. Then I started writing…What did I get? A book that was a big old muddle!

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Diarise your way to a book

Sometimes, we have a story to tell; a story of an experience, an adventure or a key moment in our lives. This is when keeping a diary can work well and you can diarise your way to a book.

This is a strategy that clearly works best if you know what you are going to do next. If you do it the other way around, you may use your diary or journal as a prompt.

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Do you have concerns about writing a book

Do you have concerns about writing a book that are stopping you from getting your book written and published? I know many business owners who want to write a book – they are passionate about it, they want to express their ideas and they want to make their mark in the world but somehow, they keep delaying and prevaricating.

Do you find yourself doing this too? If you do it might be worth addressing some of your concerns and fears so you can finally move on and get started with your book.

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How long will it take to write your book

You need to know how long it will take you to write your book otherwise you won’t allow the right amount of time in your schedule to do the work. It is quite easy to work out and well worth the effort because when you know how long it is going to take, you can also work out the best way for you to do the work.

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Discover what sort of book you want to write

Before you start writing your book, you need to discover what sort of book you want to write and the easiest way to do that is by looking closely at what you enjoy reading.

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Researching the material for your book

It’s possible that you already have all the information and knowledge necessary to write your book, but if not, you will need to do start researching the material for your book.

It is easy to avoid writing about something you don’t know but if including certain information makes your book complete and rounded, the only way to fill the gaps is by doing research. If you haven’t done any research for a while, here are some tips to get you started.

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Choose the best format for your book

When you write a book, there is a lot to consider and one of the most important decisions you have to make is choosing the best format for your book. You may wonder why format is important and why you need to decide about it before you begin writing. After all, you could publish your book in a number of formats, so why do you need to choose? Here is a summary.

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Get the structure of your book right

Getting the structure of your book right is critical to creating a book that works for your reader. When you get the structure right, your book will make sense, your message will be clear and you will find it much easier to write.

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Someone else has written your book

The fear that someone else has written your book is one that holds back many aspiring authors from writing their book.

The only way to discover the answer to this question is to go and do some research (see my blog posts on online and bookshop research). Once you know the answer to this question, you can move forward. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the main triggers for that fear that someone else has written your book.

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Prepare to write your book

Whether writing comes naturally to you or not, you will almost definitely need to prepare to write your book in some way or another. That preparation may be mental, physical or practical, depending on your situation and preferences. If you have never considered getting prepared to write before now, here are some tips on what to do to make your writing time more productive and enjoyable.

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What would success mean for your book right now

Success does not necessarily mean finishing your whole book, achieving bestseller status or growing your list by hundreds or even thousands. Of course, all of those achievements are huge and big indicators of success. While those pinnacles may be what we all dream of want for our books, we know that smaller achievements can be experienced as significant successes as they take us forward on the path of developing our businesses.

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Get organised before you begin publishing your book

Before you get started publishing your book you need to get organised. If you walk into a publishing house it can look as if there are random piles of paper everywhere – that’s usually because publisher’s lack the space they need to store the proofs they have for their many titles. In fact, editors are, of necessity, staggeringly well-organised. If they weren’t, they would sink under the sheer weight of paper in their offices.

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The personal qualities and business skills needed to write a book

When it comes to taking on the challenge of publishing a book there are a number of personal qualities and business skills that will get your book done. These qualities and skills will be critical to your success. Some of the personal qualities you need include self-confidence, determination, resilience, leadership and courage. Business skills include: planning, organisation and the ability to manage your money, time and energy.

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