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.
Are you ready to write a book? If you want to write a book but haven't started yet, it may be because you are not ready. Or you may be ready but just think you're not. But how do you know the difference and how do you know whether you need to push through any resistance you have or whether to shelve your plans and wait until it's a better time.
Every author wants to be successful with their book. But getting there doesn't always feel easy. But, when you learn that there are five simple things you can do to radically increase your chances of success, you will find it easier to focus and achieve your publishing goals and dreams.
Do you need to get your first draft finished? If you are struggling to maintain your momentum and get your words on the page you are probably feeling frustrated and stuck.
Maintaining your momentum with your book is critical but when you are busy and distracted, this can be difficult to do. As I discuss in my free eBook 10 Simple Steps to Writing and Irresistible eBook that will Launch Your Business and Grow Your List Fast, publishing a book requires you to wear many different hats: business owner, writer, editor, publisher, sales manager… (to name but a few). This is why maintaining momentum with your book can be such a challenge. While one hat may fit you perfectly, others may not feel right at all.
An easy way to integrate your regular business-building activities with your publishing ambitions is to blog your way to a book. This way of producing a book has many advantages but it does require some planning. Blogging your way to a book does not mean you can just make it up as you go along. In fact, your plan is even more essential.
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.
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.
These days, we tend to go hunting for ideas by doing copious amounts of research, especially online. If you have done this and you are stuck, you may we need to turn off the computer and allow ideas for your book to emerge from another part of your brain.
It's easy to think that writing a book is all about technical know-how, marketing prowess and dogged determination. But there is another factor that comes into play when it comes to writing your book: confidence. These factors can affect your book-writing success at any point, not just in finishing, which is when confidence seems to be most in need. Let's look at how your self-confidence and belief can have an impact at pivotal points in the creation of the book.
I have been reading Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box in which he discusses (or to use his word, rants) about our apparent reluctance to start, finish and innovate projects. The book is both a celebration of action and a huge call for us to take action.
If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network publishing a book based on articles written by a range of contributors is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.
The hints and tips structure is similar to the quotations format, except that all the words are your own. You don’t need to go hunting for material as you will create it. You will need a number of hints and tips and a bold offer in your title to make this kind of book work: i.e. 21 Killer Tips on Optimizing SEO so You Get More Traffic Fast! That is a tempting proposition for a reader. It suggests they will get some fast fixes (tips are by necessity short and easy to do) for a complex problem that can be overwhelming and difficult to understand.
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.
If you have been struggling to come up with a topic, the ‘how to’ factor will help as it will focus your mind on what you can help someone to learn how to do or understand better. Using the ‘how to’ will bring some topics to mind and you will probably then begin to think of the steps or method you need to follow to achieve the result implied in the title.
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.
Writing your book is a job and one you can plan and get done in an organised way. Along with your book plan, your word targets will make getting the writing done far easier. Apart from anything else, you can plan the number of words you want to write each day and know when you have met that target. This is very motivating and will allow you to see progress each time you set out to write 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.
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.
If you find the blank page keeps you stuck, try these five tricks to get you going with your writing so you can ward off page fright. In using these strategies, remember that the words you write are less important than the act of simply getting words on the page. In doing so, you will relieve tension, zap the panic and free up your mind to start thinking.