Want to Write a Book?

As the new year approaches, I wonder about all the potential authors out there who want to write a book. As a ghostwriter, I see many people procrastinate about embarking on that journey. There are many excellent-sounding reasons why their book projects get shoved to the back of the closet.

What’s the result?

The books never get written.

If you have a strong idea for a book, it’s important to write your book NOW. Don’t wait. I can’t emphasize this enough.

If you don’t start now, several things will probably happen:

In a year you’ll still be thinking about writing a book.

  • It’s true! Over the last years, I’ve had numerous prospective clients contact me for help with their book projects. These particular people all had very good ideas (I’m always honest if I feel someone’s book concept won’t work). I’ll try to stay in touch with them throughout the year, contacting them regularly. Their reply is usually the same. They want to write their book, but they are too busy to start. “Next year.”

Someone else will write a book very similar to yours.

People sometimes are very afraid that someone will steal their book idea. That doesn’t happen often and isn’t something to fear. However, other people can come up with a similar idea on their own. If your niche is highly specialized and requires a lot of research, you’re probably safe. However, if you’re writing about a general field or your life story isn’t unique, chances are someone else will write the book you wanted to write. It’s a bit demoralizing when that happens.

You will continue to think about your unfulfilled goal.

If you are anything like me, failure doesn’t sit well. You will continue to spend time thinking and considering your book project, wondering what your book would have looked like on the shelves of your local bookstore. You may even come up with brilliant marketing strategies to sell it. It’s all wasted time and energy if you don’t actually write your book.

That nagging feeling won’t go away. You won’t be satisfied until you finish your book.

You will develop a very bad habit of not writing.

Once you develop the habit of not writing, it can become increasingly difficult to start writing again. If you stop and start a lot, that pattern also becomes familiar. It becomes comfortable to you, something you learn to expect and accept. Am I right?

So then, in order to actually complete your book, you must overcome the additional hurdle of the bad habit that you’ve formed. I’ll admit one needs a lot of discipline to write a full-length book. Honestly, some people hire me because I’m a relentless bulldog when it comes to completing projects! Just ask my clients.

You can avoid all of this by simply working steadily on your book. If you can’t afford a ghostwriter, you will need to set aside time each and every day to write. Don’t allow yourself the luxury of excuses as to why you don’t have time, energy, or enough pencils. The dog ate your manuscript shouldn’t fly either.

Excuses will enter in

Oh, you’ll come up with all sorts of legitimate sounding reasons for why you can’t write one day or the next. “I’m tired.” “There’s a good show on TV.” They sound good and reasonable, but you can’t let that deter you.

The trick is to treat yourself as if you were your own client. Give yourself targets and deadlines; then meet them!

And finally, writing should be a joy. If it isn’t, something is wrong. If it is a chore, then don’t continue, because the manuscript won’t come out well. Your readers will feel your resentment pouring from the pages. If you are bugged, contact me and I’ll try to help you get back on track. Most likely your concept just needs a little tweaking. Once that is fixed, you’ll be eager to write again.

So, if you have a good book concept, please don’t wait. Write your book. NOW!

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Steps You Can Take To Write Your Book

StepsDo you often think of how you would love to record your life story, or maybe pen a novel?

Getting a book published is not out of the realm of possibility. With the advent of new technologies, it’s easier than ever to be a published author. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Answer the question, “What is my book about?” This may seem like a simple task, but it can be difficult. You should be able to answer this question within a few lines, as a sort of pitch. Once you have this down, you have a guiding light to see you through the journey. This answer will help you stay on track through the writing process.
  2. Create an outline or table of contents. This is a step that will give you the mile markers you need to get from point A to B then C and all the way to the end. Don’t spend too much time on the details, just summarize the sections.
  3. Write the rough draft. Get the words out of your mind and onto paper. Follow your outline, presenting your scenes as you go. Do not edit at this phase, just write and write and write!
  4. Take a break. It’s a good idea to walk away from a manuscript after you complete the first draft. It is much easier to edit if you can see it with fresh eyes. I usually give myself three to ten days before starting the editing process.
  5. Edit all the way through. Now is the time to play with the words and tighten your book. If you love a scene, but realize it doesn’t fit, scrap it. It might help to pretend it isn’t your book, but a client’s manuscript. Nothing is too precious to keep.
  6. Hire an editor or show the book to fellow writers. Now is a good time to get other feedback. What are you missing that someone else finds glaringly obvious? Get good feedback then make changes as you see fit.
  7. Read your book again. If this is your first book, I highly recommend that you read it out loud. There’s no better way that I know of for catching errors or stale dialogue. If you can, read it out loud to another person.

Next, you can brainstorm titles and a tag line. Write down candidate titles. I like to ask friends for their ideas, too. Once you have a few, you can survey them with many people, discovering the title that really communicates to your readers. That’s the one to pick.

Once you have your title and tag line, and if you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to hire a designer to create your cover art. It is important that it be professional and appealing. If you can get your artist to create three unique designs, survey those and see which is most popular. If it’s close, survey more people. You want the winner to stand out.

If you don’t have a blog, now is a good time to start one. Blog weekly (or biweekly) about your book. This will help promote your book. If you get an agent and publisher, they will be looking for a healthy blog promoting the book.

I would also recommend getting onto various social media sites. Start now, as it takes time to build a following. Keep your content relevant for you and your readers.

Writing a book is a huge undertaking. Finding a ghostwriter to help can aid the effort tremendously. Please feel free to email with any questions you might have about the book writing process or click here to submit a quote request.

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