Writing a Book – The Journey


This is the beginning of week five of my 12 week Self-Publishing School course on writing a book.  To date, I have written about 3,000 words (of a proposed 25-30,000 word book).

Prior to starting this project, I really eschewed writing.  Visions of school term papers chronically danced in my head.

Now that I have started the writing process, I am actually enjoying it!  How can that be?

My answer is the outline.  Once you decide what subject you want to write on, the key is to put together a comprehensive outline (first starting with a general outline).

The premise of my book is simple:

I believe that a lot of people currently in the workforce are unhappy to some extent.  I assert that this unhappiness generally stems from engaging in unfulfilling work.  I believe that we can do things we enjoy (and that are fulfilling) and build a revenue stream around that.  For me, the quickest and easiest way to do that is through online business.

So, my general book outline uses a roadmap analogy that asks the following questions:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • How can you get there?

I’ve since expanded that general outline with much more detail and begun the writing process.

My current thoughts/experiences/observations:

1. I have been second-guessing PART of the outline, and trying to use that as an excuse to not continue writing the other parts of the outline.

Procrastination? Perhaps.

Fortunately, I have an accountability partner from Self-Publishing School who helps keep me on track, along with weekly Google Hangout sessions with an entire group of like-minded entrepreneurs at BoomerMastermind.  You can’t underestimate the power of accountability.

2. You HAVE to block out some time each day (an hour is ideal) or else other “more important things” will keep you from writing.

3. Writing a book is a very doable process, and having the structure of  a course like Self-Publishing School is invaluable.


p.s. If you’re interested in writing a book too, check out Self-Publishing School by clicking here, and be sure to check this blog regularly to follow my book-writing journey.

p.p.s. What do you think of the first draft of my book cover?  Let me know in the comments below…

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  • http://thehappypassport.com Rebekah Voss

    Hey Charlie, I really like the sun/sand/ocean on your cover! I think similar books in your genre have had great success with this type of cover. I’d love to see some 3D/shadowed lettering in the title, perhaps some testimonials and additional text as well. Great stuff!

    • Charlie Poznek

      Thanks, Rebekah!