Most people have a book in them. Many have a burning desire to write it. But few actually succeed.
So what’s stopping you from writing your non-fiction book?
- Overwhelm – you’d love to start but the enormity of the task is just too big to handle?
- Time – you’re far too busy to even contemplate writing your book just yet?
- Focus – you don’t know where to start because you have too many ideas buzzing around?
Then please do keep reading. This article might just help you start making your book writing dream a reality.
Whether you’re writing your memoir, your transformation story, or your business book, the key ingredients to starting and finishing are:
regular writing targets (even a daily target of 500 words/2 paragraphs per day is better than nothing)
commitment, drive and motivation
setting deadlines (and only moving them if you really, really have to)
1-2-1 support can make a huge difference, too
If you’re 100% determined to write your book but can’t always trust yourself to make writing a priority or stick to your targets and deadlines, and you get bogged down with work/life/commitments, then an accountability partner/book mentor/writing coach could bridge that gap.
Having a writing coach to support you through the creation of your book dissolves those feeling of isolation, and, even better, they can be the reason you don’t give up when you hit the wobbly stage.
I’m not saying it’ll be a breeze, but with your secret weapon behind you – someone like me – showing you the easiest way to get to the next stage without all the panic and confusion, you will get your book written.
Making time to write your book is crucial
You’re not just going to magically find a spare few hours in your diary each week, so grab your diary and make some appointments with yourself. Keep this time purely for writing. Don’t let anyone steal it from you (regardless of sob stories/carrot-dangling/promises of money).
If you think you haven’t got time, then give up things like watching TV, surfing the internet with no real objective, and snooping round social media. Get up an hour earlier, and/or cut back on client commitments/your time at work if you can. Try saying ‘no’ to things instead of your default ‘yes’. You’ll be surprised at how much time you can actually find when you do this.
So let’s start making your book a reality with these 6 ridiculously simple steps to help you bring your book to life.
Step 1: Before you do any writing, get researching
Take a wander through the Amazon store and see what’s already been written in that genre. How can you build on what’s already out there in your own way? Consider your USP so your book shines amongst the competition. Spend time considering your ideal reader. What are their pain points? How will your book help them? Do you want to motivate them/build confidence/inspire or educate them/teach them a skill?
Step 2: Unleash your ideas
once your research is done, it’s time to download all those ideas that have been fizzing around in your head. So buy yourself a gorgeous new notebook (any excuse) and start filling it up with your ideas. Or if you’re a spider diagram kinda person, get your coloured pens and paper out. More techy? Choose something like Evernote or Trello.
Forget about organising these ideas at this stage. This needs to be a raw exercise with no editing, no deep thought, just an unconscious (or semi-conscious) unleashing.
Step 3: Streamline your ideas
Now you can tidy things up. Categorise or colour code your ideas (or create different Trello boards or notes) into sections such as chapter content and headings, book title, the vision for your book, and publishing etc.
Step 4: Create your formula
Now you’ve set those ideas free, it’s time to think about your overall word count. 30,000 words is a great target for a non-fiction book, and to make it less overwhelming, you could break it down into, say, 10 chapters of 2500-3000 words each. If you want to whittle it down further into, say, 10 paragraphs of 250-300 words each then do it. The easier it is for you to think about, the more likely you are to keep writing.
Step 5: Set your deadlines
Without a deadline nothing gets done. Once you’ve decided on your deadline, count how many days/weeks/month you have and work out your daily/weekly/monthly writing target from there.
Step 6: The exciting bit – get writing!
No excuses now, just do it. If you find yourself struggling with one chapter, put it to one side and focus on another. If you’re struggling with writer’s block perhaps you’d be better writing first thing in the morning when you get up. If you find you’re losing your mojo, reach out to someone else who’s writing a book to get those creative juices going again, or talk to me about mentoring support.
That’s it. Follow these 6 steps and you’ll be surprised at just how quickly and easily you can get started… and that, actually, it doesn’t have to be that big, scary, overwhelming massive task you think it’s going to be. So what are you waiting for, it’s time to make your author debut!