In the last post we talked about changing the focus from “Why write a book?” to “How to write a book.” Most people don’t have the “How” figured out. Some people don’t know what questions to ask.
Is this you? You’re thinking about writing a book to feature a professional or personal story to build a speaking, coaching, or workshop business, but the idea of how to start it makes you break out in cold sweat, eyes glaze over, cry, or overwhelm you to the point of finding another task in your comfort zone. Ask yourself: Why do you have this reaction? Are you stuck starting, or in the process of writing, but got stopped? Does it seem hard to write? If any of these are true, perhaps it’s because you’re focused on writing the wrong story for the wrong or unclear reasons.
Are you concerned because of a lack of skill? Do you fear what others will think or say about you writing a book or the subject you want to write about? Do you feel disorganized? Do you lack writing time? Do you have too much information swirling around in your mind? Or too little?
Put all of these concerns aside. While all are real concerns, they are not insurmountable. The first step is to identify THE one message or one target market you’re passionate about serving, because the passion will overwhelm fear, concern, negativity, or other gravitational forces holding you back.
Answering the HOW begins with figuring out your key message, and then how to write it your way in order to successfully start AND finish writing a book. So, what is at the heart of your story? What lessons or tools do you want to deliver? What do you want to do with the book? Speak? Coach? Teach workshops? Once you’ve answered these questions, the clarity will drive you to get up a little earlier in the mornings, inspire you to turn off the television or cut back on social media. Then your passion for the writing project yields more time for writing.
I’m not a morning person, but I know others who are. They are passionate enough to get up at 5:00 a.m. and spend an hour, five days a week writing before waking the family. Night people, like me, lock themselves in an office from 10:00 p.m. until midnight. Then there is the “every Saturday morning from 7:00 until noon” writer. The bottom line is, when there is passion and proper focus for the book-writing project, that translates into “Whatever it takes to get it written!” Passion for the project drives a writer into becoming a published author!
I know this process works because my most recent book: Book Business Blueprint: Build Credibility, Stand Out from the Competition, and Skyrocket Sales by Writing Your Book, is my business brand book. It was written, published, printed, and in my hand in seven weeks by working one or two hours at night and a few hours on the weekend.
Ready to get your book-writing HOW in gear?
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