Are you writing your book on the weekends or any short blocks of time available? You might be weary with the start and stops most busy professionals, home business owners or care takers have to deal with. Don’t give up. I know it might be easier to just forget it. But, take it from a fellow weekend warrior book writer, you can do it! You do the hard stuff all day long. I’m convinced you can get focused, fit it in and finish your book this year. Your audience is waiting to read your insightful book.
But first the pep talk, think about all the wonderful benefits you might miss if you give up on your book dream. Let’s put a time table to that thought. What would happen if you didn’t get your short book written in the next 100 days? You’d miss having a book to make your business stand out in the crowd. Your business would definitely take longer to build to a whopper success. You would miss being the star of your family; you know one of the ones that’s accomplished something worthy in their life.
You wouldn’t have the competitive edge you’d have as an expert with a book. You’d miss out on the adventures and opportunities waiting for you on the other side of getting your book done. And worst of all, you’d miss the extra profits you could make by charging up to 400% more on your fees with Author as your title.
Now that you are properly motivated to cash in on all that you are missing by not getting your book done. Here are five simple strategies to get your book written using your weekends or any small blocks of time.
1. Break writing into short sections. It’s easier on you to write in short blocks of time. Furthermore, it’s easier on your reader to read. Try to break long paragraphs into shorter, more digestible chunks. Later you can work on making these chunks flow as one unit or chapter. Make it easy to read and you’ll reach more readers.
2. Write short sentences and use simple words. Writing and reading a long sentence takes longer than a short one. Cut lengthy sentences in half to make your writing easier to read. Aim your copy so a 7th -8th grader could understand it. Remember using complex words won’t impress your readers. Most times it will annoy them to the point of not finishing your book.
3. Cut wordiness but be specific. Compelling books are concise. Unnecessary words waste your time and most of all your reader’s time. It dilutes your message and makes your book longer than necessary. Additionally, be specific. When writing your book, stick to the specific information about your topic. The more relevant facts you include, the better. If you don’t bother to dig for specifics about your topic, your book may end up vague filled with meaningless words that few people read.
4. Create a book in an electronic format. First, ebooks are not dead. There are still many selling lots of ebooks each year, including the author. Put your message in a downloadable file to sell. Top selling ebooks are normally shorter and more specialized. You can publish your book as an ebook first or compile an ebook version of your existing print book. Don’t delay any longer, write your short book and put it in a (PDF) to sell to your website visitors.
5. Use your existing body of knowledge. Even if you add more researched information later, start with your existing knowledge first. Pull from your speeches, workshops, work experiences, etc. You may have collected a body of information just for fun. Or you did a bunch of research to make a business decision. For example, when I published my first book I gathered detailed information about POD (publish-on-demand) publishing service companies and vendors to make the best decision.
I later compiled that information into a free report and gave it away to hundreds promoting my website. Over the years, I added to that body of information and it grew into a self publishing resource website. Then finally, I added enough that I developed it into a book about self publishing.
Don’t wait around any longer. You could be this time next year still wondering if you can write your book fast in the little time you have available. Put the doubts aside. Remember, with the tips above you can get focused, fit it in and finish your book this year. Stop waiting and start writing. Your book writing coach sends best wishes for you and your success as author.
You can find the full lesson of 21 Weekend Warrior Writing Tips along with a growing list of bonus reports and other helpful resources in the Book Writing Course at http://bookwritingcourse.com website.