Who doesn’t want to write a book? These days between technology and self-publishing and the testimonies for what writing a book will do for a career or business, everybody wants to “write a book.” Besides, everybody has a story and there’s someone who needs to read that story.
After years of writing professionally in the corporate arena, I was determined to “write a book.” Each time I would start it, I would hit a brick wall. That is until the day that I learned – or discerned – how to write one easily and – well – relatively painlessly. Now, I am in the process of readying my sixth book for publishing (I write more than one at a time) and the process is so simple that I love teaching book writing and coaching them to get ‘er done. You can get going today and be up and writing really quickly with an awesome outlining technique: Write that Book!
Here are three mistakes to avoid when writing “that book:”
- No outline: One of the most common mistakes that I have noticed in talking with others – before working with them – and taking them through the writing process is this: To start writing without a plan or an outline will circumvent or inhibit you in the process. A plan is an absolute must.
- Writing too much: Thinking that you need to write everything and not knowing what to write and what not to write. It’s really not important to write everything on that subject. Write based on a plan and write enough to cover the topic.
- Perfectionism: If you feel as though you must do things perfectly before you publish your book (or even begin it) can lead to massive procrastination. Get advice along the way but my advice is very simple: Just write!
You can do this! With a good outline, and a plan for writing each day, and not writing too much, the writing can flow and before you know it you’ll have your first draft. If you can work with a writing coach like me or someone else, that will help the flow and will also allow for accountability. It may not be perfect on the first draft, but it can be great. And, besides, your message has an audience waiting to read it.