Awesome! So, you want to write a book of your own but may be uncertain about where and how to start. You may even be a little nervous. This is normal and to be expected.
Writing a book is no simple task, and yet, it can be greatly simplified with some book writing know-how. This is a “mini-course”, so to speak, that will give you a practical way to write books so that:
a. you write your book faster than you would without these points
b. you are certain to get it done
One of Author Utopia's unique benefits is that you are able to get the knowledge you need FAST, so you can get back to creating the life you've always dreamed of living.
If you apply what you learn in this document, it will make you unstoppable, and your book will finally get written—once and for all!
Successful Tactics of Savvy Book Writers
Contrary to the hype we get from non-book experts who are selling something that first requires their followers to have a book of their own in order to be successful, writing a book is no simple feat.
Add that to everything else you do day to day and the odds of you ever completing your book is pretty slim. This is not seeing the glass half empty. It is based on two decades of watching thousands of people never get their books written even though they are determined to and know it will change their lives for the better.
What is really interesting to me is that nothing is ever as simple as it looks when you want to accomplish something great. The infamous last words spoken many a time are, “How hard can it be?”
The appropriate answer is, “Harder than it looks”, in most cases.
There’s nothing wrong with something being difficult or demanding. But we need to know the right way to do things in order to make them actually happen AND that they are the best they can possibly be.
This is how dreams are made into reality. You have to get a lot done even though your life says, "There's no time for your desires". And you have to make things in exceptional high quality.
To think we can write a book by our desire alone is a costly mistake. Costly in time and costly in a great many other ways. And what about your really important goals?
Just think how difficult it would be for a man or a woman, who had goals to become in high demand so they could help thousands of people, to come up the ranks from obscurity if they had to contend with the barriers that society has of people they don't know...
Things like "mistrust" and "no confidence" in anothers are just two overwhelming tasks to rise above in the overall scheme of things.
For most passionate people who want to make a difference in the world, they never gain widespread acceptance—or the time of day—from enough people. The big impact they yearn to make happen, the many people they want to help..., it never happens for them.
This is extremely sad. It is also something that shouldn't be. But there they are at the end of their lives with nothing but regret for putting their personal bucket list aside for "other things" that did not matter nearly as much as the things on their lists. On of them, at the top, is almost always "write my book".
Imagine how much easier it would be if you were to actually write your book NOW and move forward in your life and career trusted by others who were confident in you. With these and other social barriers out of the way by being a respected author of an amazing book, the potential is exponential!
It could be described as being similar to trying to be noticed in the complete darkness of night versus having a bright spotlight on you.
So, it is important that you write your book, for many reasons, including your ability to make a lot of money so you can better the lives of a lot more people. Let’s make sure you actually get it done, and as quickly as ever possible.
That is why I am sharing this document with you!
With the key initial steps to writing a book established, you will get it done much more readily! Here they are…
The Initial Key Steps to Writing Your Book
The most important thing to do BEFORE you write your book is to remove the roadblocks that can sabotage your creativity. This means creating an environment that is conducive to book writing.
STEP 1: THE CORRECT MINDSET
When I first started writing books, I was my biggest critic, to a major fault. And I have found that the vast majority of aspiring authors whom I have worked with over the years have had similar challenges.
There is nothing worse than having too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak. Too many opinions and not enough creativity. The same goes for books. So here are three rules for writing a book that you must apply before you start:
Three Basic Rules a Writer Should Live By
DO NOT worry about what others will think about your writing
DO NOT be concerned with grammar rules to the point of stifling your voice and how you are wanting to communicate to your audience
DO NOT try to please everyone.
These three simple but challenging rules will keep you from hours of agonizing struggle with yourself. Understand that if you are writing to please critics, your attention and purpose are on the wrong thing.
The Writer’s Job
Your hat ( or job) as a Writer is to get your thoughts clearly stated on the page. This is a CREATIVE hat, not to be concerned with technical aspects like grammar or even the spelling of words. Every time you step out of your creative mode to correct something or see if it is grammatically correct, you disrupt the flow of creativity and thought. Just write when you’re writing and don’t worry about critics.
Later, you can change hats and look at what to correct or make better. But even that will be limited in scope, as a separate set of eyes from a professional book editor needs to be employed.
So the lesson here is:
When you are wearing your Writer hat, don’t be an Editor.
Communicate with the Right Voice
“Speak” in a voice that you believe your audience will be receptive to.
You are writing for your audience and no one else! Never forget that.
I could have written the heading above like this: Three Basic Rules by Which to Live. But as you can see, we are not having tea and crumpets with the Queen of England, nor writing literary work. And to speak to you with proper grammar that way would have turned you off just a bit.
At the risk of hearing the riot act from someone who knows about grammar but couldn’t communicate to a single soul, I wrote the way I believed to be the best way to speak to you. More of a sociable manner.
You might have also noticed that I started a sentence with “And” two paragraphs up. Many critics often screech like the movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, when anyone does that; even though it is a big misconception that you cannot use a conjunction like “and” or “but”, etc. to start a sentence. You can. And even if I wasn’t supposed to, I would if it communicated better. You need to be the same way.
I had a woman call me up once from one of our post cards that we had sent out that promoted our book writing services. She left a pompous message on our machine as she laughed at our “inability to write properly” as she put it. She didn’t understand how communication works.
You can only reach an audience with your message if you speak in their tongue. This crabby lady had no idea how to speak to people. She only knew the rules of grammar. But she had missed the first rule of rules…
Rules need to be understood for the reason why they were created, NOT to be taken literally or used robotically, without consideration. Things can get very rigid and dangerous when people start taking rules literally!
The lesson here is, if you put the desire to communicate above all things when writing, you will go far as a writer and author.
The Business of Authorship
It is important to understand that being an author is being in business for yourself. Authorship is a business.
Too often, I see aspiring writers who think of themselves as artists only.
Long ago, I was speaking at a writer’s group and one of the writers said, “I never think of promotion—ever”. Her revelation changed her stagnant career to moving forward because she realized the truth about being an author:
IF YOU DON’T TREAT YOUR WRITING AS A CAREER AND YOUR BOOK AS A PRODUCT, IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SUCCEED AS AN AUTHOR.
STEP 2: MAKE A COMMITMENT
Anything worthwhile takes determination, drive and persistence, especially something as “death defying” as writing a book.
I have seen too many individuals take 5 to 10 years to write their books. And I’ve seen a great many more never get their’s written.
We can agree that in order to accomplish something great, we have to sacrifice some other things. Think about it, we’re always short on time. There’s never enough time to do all the things we want to do.
The dilettante may do a lot, but s/he never accomplishes something incredible. The saying, “You can’t have everything,” although a bit gloomy, has “some” substance to it in that if you try to do everything, you’ll end up with nothing great.
The best athletes, the greatest musicians, most successful millionaires… ALL have sacrificed a great deal in order to be great at something.
The rest… well, they sit in the stands and cheer these unique people on in awe.
The only way to really move out from the bleachers and onto the playing field or onto the stage is by realizing the importance of your goal.
Your book is important. Therefore, you have to be willing to:
— commit to writing your book
— give up doing some things that have less importance than your book
— work hard at it and stay the course
STEP 3: DECIDE YOU ARE A WRITER
This step may seem almost absurd, but decision precedes everything we do.
You may not want to be a writer or book author beyond having a single book. It doesn’t matter though. You still need to decide to BE a book writer — whether long term or short term — if you want to take on the writing of your book.
Back in 1999, when I had decided to become a writer, I actually stated out loud in my house, to the household, “I AM A WRITER!”
Over the next 5 days, I told everyone I met that I was a writer. And, lo and behold, a new acquaintance called me on the phone and said, “Hey, Rob, I just started working for this new company and they’re looking for a writer. Do you know any writers?”
I said, “Dave, I’m a writer!”
I was invited to meet the CEO and was hired on the spot. At that job, I learned how books were made. And here we are today with 60 books under my belt and counting.
I'm not saying this is going to happen to you specifically, but you have to admit, that's a pretty good example of how powerful a simple decision can be.
If you only decide to be a writer for your coming book, that will do. I guess the simplest way to put this is, if you want to write, you have to decide to be a writer.
You can't write your book with an attitude like, "I'm not really a writer, but I'm writing my book.”
Though I’m not a gambling man, I would make an exception and be willing to wager that your book will not come out all that well. I have seen it too many times to doubt this even slightly.
STEP 4: SET UP A WRITING WORKSPACE
The ideal is you have your own room… with a door… that locks. This will keep interruptions to a minimum.
But if you don’t have a spare room to designate as your ivory tower for writing, that’s perfectly okay.
What’s important is that you create the most ideal environment in which to write.
Have an area with your tools of the trade all set up and ready to go.
This says, “I am a professional.” Plus, the more obstacles you put in the way of your writing, the greater the potential for you to:
— waste your already limited writing time on needless actions
— be deterred from writing
If you have to set up and put away your working area every time you go to write and when you end off, not only is that not productive, it is not enjoyable.
It also makes a silent statement to yourself and others that you’re not really serious about writing your book. “It’s just a hobby,” or “It’s unimportant”.
And we both know that writing your book IS VERY IMPORTANT to you. It’s important to the world too. Why? Because millions of people want to learn from others. They want to know what something you’ve experienced is like, what you’ve come to know or they want to experience your creative stories… among a million other possible things they would love to receive from you.
So, not having a writing space increases the potential of you not writing. It’s never a good idea to make things more complex than they need to be. Always strive to simplify your processes and procedures.
Here is a video on setting up an ideal workspace:
If you have an area set up that is just for you, a space that makes you feel good, offers inspiration. You can have colors that make you feel good, plants and any items that are conducive to your creativity.
STEP 4: SET A WRITING SCHEDULE
Leaving things to chance is never a good idea if you want to be able to predict future outcomes.
Setting time in your schedule is crucial to getting your book written. If you don’t have a writing mentor/coach to answer to, you should be your own boss and answer to yourself.
You can base how much writing you are able to put into your book, whether a week, month or what ever makes sense to you, by these two types of time:
Make a list of activities in your life that are required in order to survive. These can be your job, parenting, shopping for food and so forth
This one may be a little harder to swallow because it involves sacrifice. As time is rarely in abundance in life, we have to make or find time to do the things that are important to us. And this requires giving up things you enjoy.
Make a list of activities you do that are not essential to survival. These can be shopping for non-essential goods, watching Netflix, social media posting and chatting, to name a few.
It can even be things you really love, like painting or playing an instrument or hanging out with friends. If it doesn’t support life, it is up for consideration.
Once you have carved out some time to write, schedule it out on a calendar. Ideally, it will be an electronic one such as Google Calendar or MAC Calendar where you can set reminders that your writing time is coming up.
Treat this time like it is ESSENTIAL. In actual fact, it is because this is not playtime. It is something that will improve the quality of your life and that of your family, your loved ones.
Make writing your book a routine. No matter how much or how little time you come up with, it is something. And you will complete your book if you stick with your schedule. You may even begin to find a little more time here and there to add to your writing schedule.
Hold yourself accountable. If you miss a writing appointment, make up the time the next day. This is how you will not fall behind.
Here is a short video with some additional information on creating a productive routine...
Though mentioned earlier, it’s worth stating again…
—In order to accomplish something great, we have to sacrifice some other things.
—The dilettante may do a lot, but he or she never accomplishes anything amazing. The saying, “You can’t have everything,” although a bit gloomy, has “some” substance to it in that if you try to do everything, you’ll end up with nothing great.
—The best athletes, the greatest musicians, most successful millionaires… ALL have sacrificed a great deal in order to be great at something.
It’s important that you constantly remind yourself that your book is important. You being a published author is vital to your ability to make a greater impact.
Giving up the things you like to do is only for a little while. Once you’ve completed your book, you will not only be able to do the things you gave up, you will be able to do the things you love because of the potential success you can create by being an author.
Things are never as simple or easy as they may look from a distance. I tell you this not to discourage, but to empower. Because if you understand this fact, which is most certainly true about writing books, you won't make the mistake millions of other amazing indidivuals just like you commit every day.
Ant it then makes it possible for you to realize how vital it is to get the knowledge and guidance you need to undergo such a big endeavor. And from that, you will have a book you can be proud of—a book that will take you from obscurity to being very desirable and sought after for what you have to offer the world.
We are all here to make a difference. This is pretty much an innate understanding. Some of us lucky ones know how we want to accomplish this. It only becomers a shame when we fail at it by thinking it was "simple and easy". It never is.
Apply these initial principles to your writing and you will be in the right place, in the right mind, to write your book and have your journey of passion much more enjoyable and your potential MUCH greater.
Here's to you helping to make a better world!
To your success and happiness,
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