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.

Are you writing a good book?

January 5, 2017 |  by  |  Book Concept, Book topic, Research, Writing  |  Share

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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How to choose a book topic

Some entrepreneurs I meet have lots of ideas about what topic they want to write about in their book. In fact, sometimes they have too many. Others have none, though that's not always because they cannot generate ideas but more often because they haven’t had the time or space to think of any.

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Overcome writer’s block

April 2, 2015 |  by  |  Book topic, Resistance, Writer's block, Writing  |  Share

Writer’s block can affect us all, no matter how much we write or how little. There are many ways to overcome writer’s block, and I am going to share one here that is really just a bit of fun. And after all, the best way to overcome a problem is by having fun and getting into a lighter, brighter space in our heads.

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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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How to use quotations to structure your book

One of the key pitfalls of creating books of quotations is to keep researching and researching to find one more great quote. To avoid this, decide on key topic areas you want to focus on and decide to get a specific number of quotes for each one.

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How to create a book from a list

We all value information that is delivered to us in an easily consumable format and lists are a great of doing this. They present information in an amazingly easy-to-digest format that makes the information accessible, simple to use and fast to review.

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Using the interview structure as the foundation of your book

Interviews are a great way to create a high-value book quickly. You have two options: You can ask someone to interview you about how you help your clients and get it transcribed into a book. You can interview someone who has a well-established business, process or reputation who has information of value that you can share with your readers.

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7 simple structures that make great business books

When book ideas for your business are difficult to nail down, you need to take a different approach. If you focus on the way in which you are going to deliver material, you will find that ideas start to flow because the topic will emerge from your research and preparation.

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7 key reasons why you haven’t written your book

If you don’t think your book topic idea is good enough, do more research. Look at other books, do a keyword search to find a better topic and ask your contacts for feedback. Work on your title, too. Getting that right can make a huge difference.

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Add content to your under-length book

Usually, we worry about writing too much but there are times when we write too little. This often happens when you begin writing without a plan or with a plan that lacks detail. You begin by thinking you have a lot to say, then find that you are repeating yourself. As a result, you start cutting to get rid of the repetition but then you end up with a very short book - too short!

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What to do when you have too much content

It is very easy to write a book that has too much content. This happens because the title is too general, the topic is too broad and the book that lacks any clear argument, angle or focus. What happens is that you literally write everything you know about a topic. As a result, the book you create is often boring to read and very difficult to finish because you keep thinking of something else to add. All is not lost, though, because cutting back the ‘everything’ book is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is make one key decision.

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Check your book topic is right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 4: Check your book topic is right Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits in your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a new writing schedule so you can begin writing regularly again Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are the details of the fourth tip on what you can do to get back on track with your book. If you are struggling with your book, it’s possible you need to look at what you are writing about to check your book topic is right. When I say 'right' I mean right for you as the author (it is a subject you are qualified to write about and that you want to write about) and right for your business (for example, that the topic is not a red herring or an inappropriate topic given the current focus of your business). There is more to your book topic than a subject to write about, though. You need to be saying something as well –...

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Have an argument in your book

March 2, 2014 |  by  |  Book Concept, Book topic, Writing  |  Share

Quite by chance, I bought a Kindle book called Book Writing Made Simple by Kalinda Rose Stevenson. Stevenson’s book has one central point and that is that you need an argument as well as a topic if you are going to write a focused, interesting and useful book. But what is an argument and why do you need one? An argument, as I am sure you know, has nothing to do with having fight. It is a word that replaces the less academic and more opinionated sounding phrase 'point of view'. An argument is very simply your way of getting across what you believe about a topic; it is your theory or approach to a problem or topic. Let’s look at how an argument might help you to develop or hone an existing book concept. Let’s say you want to write a book about how to have productive sales conversations with prospective clients. Here is how the ‘argument’ perspective might alter that concept. Concept without an argument: How to have sales conversations that convert your prospects into clients. Concept plus an argument: How to have sales conversations that convert by focusing on service not sales. Here, you can see that the message has made the book topic more powerful, memorable and usable. If someone has read a hundred books about sales conversations, their interest is going to be piqued by this focus on service not sales. That reader may not be tempted to buy another bog-standard book about sales conversations, but they may want to buy yours because it offers a different approach to sales conversations and a new way of thinking about them. Your argument has other benefits, too. It helps to shape your content, influence your style and create a marketing message for your book. Your argument also helps you to get clear on what you believe and why you believe it. This will remind you of...

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