Do you have good intentions to write your book, then get bogged down with some detail you feel insecure about?
If I go back to the mid 80’s and my early book writing years, I froze sometimes because I was not so confident. I got more confident as I turned out 20 + short books to help my life skills students at the La Mesa adult center. There I taught life and health skills and sold those books at the back of the room. At the same time I created a long-term writing class on book writing. It turned out that practicing putting the words on paper or file upped my confidence and led to my evolving into a book coach. In the late 90’s I finished and published my signature book, Write your eBook or Other Short Book-Fast. With 20 authors to be, I got a lot of feedback that corrected early mistakes. I built my book coaching business around the book and the rest is history!
Always researching to find great writing resources, I just listened to a podcast with Joanna Penn. On the podcast she suggested writing a good 1000 words every day. 1000 words is almost half of a chapter in a short book. 1000 words makes a quality blog. Even if you just write a page a day (250 double spaced on an 8 1/2 by 11 page) that’s over 70,000 words a year.
For me and some of you who believe the best books today are shorter than the ones from the old days before the internet, if you write a page a day, you will produce several short books in a year. When you have three books out instead of just one, your audience will be so much more responsive after the first book.
Longer books are fine if you are a speaker and can get out four times a month to market those books and your services.
Judy’s Non-Fiction Writers Quick Tips.
1. Write a short non-fiction, self-help book first.
You can even give it away so your audience will benefit, see you in action, and sign up to get more of you in a blog subscription, ecourses or professional coaching.
2. Take some action every day. (Ok, take the weekend off)
When you take consistent actions you stay motivated to keep writing and finishing book projects.
3. Write daily goals.
Something like “Finish Book Procrastination blog.” I call them High Level Activities (HLAs).
4. Write long-term goals for long-term book projects.
At my workstation, I have posted a list of 10 goals to finish my upcoming eCourse “Finish Your Book So Your Ideal Audience Will Love You”
5. Write your solutions for your ideal audience in the middle part of each chapter.
Create a conversation with them (client studies) Dialogue helps to keep your readers engaged.
6. Turn your chapter tips into tweets for your Twitter audience.
7. Warm up to chapter writing by writing a shorter blog post.
8. Practice deep breathing to relax and open up your creative side of your brain.
9. Smile and think “I’m lucky to play this game.”
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