I can’t believe almost 12 weeks have passed since I started the Self-Publishing School course on writing a book.
While I was hoping to be ahead of schedule, at this point I am basically on schedule (maybe a bit behind). Regardless, getting a book written and published in 90+ days is pretty cool.
Here are a few things I’ve learned throughout the process (and advice I would give to would-be authors):
1) Get help
The course I went through was a great motivator to take action, get creative, and stay on task. When I felt like I needed something, whether it was an editor recommendation or some feedback on my outline, I didn’t hesitate to ask.
In addition to seeking help from other Self-Publishing School students, I didn’t hesitate to venture outside the group for help with writing a book. Our BoomerMastermind group was invaluable in providing insightful feedback, and I also leveraged my connections in our Online Boomer Facebook group.
It truly takes a village to write a book, and you don’t have to do it alone.
2) Get clear
The more legwork you do up front, the easier time you’ll have writing a book.
In my case, that legwork included perfecting the book outline so I had a clear road map of where I wanted to go. Your “pre-writing” could also include things like research, conducting interviews, mind-mapping, and free-form writing.
3) Get disciplined
It’s really important to stay away from “term paper mentality” when writing a book. Just as it’s better to study throughout the semester than cram the night before the exam, it’s better to block out smaller chunks of writing time than engage in marathon writing sessions.
It’s possible to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time by dedicating as little as 15 minutes per day to writing a book. These shorter “bursts” force you to focus and often result in more productive sessions.
Also, spending just 15 minutes is easy to do even if you don’t really feel like writing that day. Faced with 8 hours of writing ahead of you, how could you not get overwhelmed? But faced with just 15 minutes, it’s possible to continue your progress even when you’re feeling tired and unmotivated.
4) Get excited
Remember, writing a book should be a fun and fulfilling process, not a chore! Be sure to pick a topic that holds your interest because you’re going to spend at least 90 days getting intimate with the content of your book.
I’ll keep you posted on the release date of my book. If you’d like to receive a complimentary electronic version of the book, leave a comment below with your e-mail address or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
p.s. If you’re interested in writing a book too, you can get more information on the Self-Publishing School course I took by clicking here.
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