If writing a book is something you have always wanted to do, here are some tips I used to write my book Clarity Quest: Discover Exactly Who YOU Are.
- First, spend some time imagining your finished book in your hands. Believe that it is possible. Dream into the women who will be reading your book. What impact do you want this book to have on them?
- Create an outline. Don’t fuss too much about this. Number 1-12 down a blank page and write 12 topics that you would like to address in your book. Then with each topic determine 3 subtopics within that category that you could talk about.
- Start writing. Start writing wherever it feels best to start. You don’t need to go in order.
- Set up a pattern and rhythm for your writing. Keep track of how long you are able to sit and write. Is it 10 minutes, 30 minutes or more. If 30 minutes is a good time frame for you, then block out (3) 30 minutes sections in your week and make that time non-negotiable. You must get the writing done. Add more sections or longer duration once you have made this a habit.
- Set up an accountability system. Invite someone into your process. They may be writing a book themselves of simply be someone you can call to report your progress. This is an important step ad it will keep you on track.
- Once you have completed your writing process, go through it again yourself for edits, layout etc. Once you are satisfied, set a team of pre-readers to go through the book as well. Have them on the look out for spelling, grammar and things that don’t make sense.
- Hire an editor, formatting specialist, etc. At this point, it may be time to call in outside help. Having a professional take over the rest of the formatting and layout work can be really helpful. I did my own and would be happy to help you with yours. You can reach me firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upload your book to Amazon, Kobo, etc and have print copies made up. When you first upload a book to Amazon you can put it on promotion for free for the first 5 days. This is where your pre-reading team and social networks can be really helpful. Spread the word and have people go grab a free copy. In my case, I had 572 copies downloaded from 11 countries and hit #1 in both Canada and the US. So exciting.
- Set up some speaking/promotion events and away you go.
You can read about my journey to the writing of my book here. I recommend journaling as a way of starting to collect your thoughts. In Chapter 1: Journaling as a practice of meeting yourself on a page I talk about the approach. My hope is this is a help to get you on your way. If you have any questions, do let me know.
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