How to Write a Book – Finding Time to Write

Many writers and aspiring authors say that they just don’t have the time that they need to finish (or even start) their book. At a recent speaking event I asked the audience  how many people wanted to write a book and a few raised their hands. I then asked them how many would want to write a book if they could find the time and knew how to get started – 95% of the audience raised their hands!  

Once you have the structure for your book, you will know how many chapters you need to write and can start the planning process.

For a normal paperback book, a chapter might run for 6 to 12 pages with each page having between 250 and 300 words. When you are ‘in the flow’, I reckon you can write a chapter in half a day to a day. To do this, you should resist the temptation to edit and research as you are going along. 

This means, for example, a twelve chapter book will take 6 to 12 days of your time to write. You will need to find this time or engage a ghost writer. 

To find this time, answer these questions: 

  • When are you most productive? 
  • What old habits can you change in your life to create this time? 
  • Do you have any ‘me time’ in your life and would you like some? 
  • Is it time for you to take a well deserved break? 
  • Does your desk or office need tidying? 

What unnecessary clutter do you want to remove from your life? 

Now it is said that every time you switch a task, you waste five minutes. So in preparation for writing, make sure you will not be interrupted.  

Get an answer phone if you haven’t already got one. Switch your mobile off. You may look at your emails every time they come in. Set your email application to get them every four hours.  

If you can be disciplined enough to write on a set day, tell all your family, friends and work contacts about it as they will respect you for it and leave you alone.  

You may watch 2 hours of soaps every evening to relax and switch off.  Now it may sound counter-intuitive but, once you break this habit, creative writing has many more therapeutic and relaxing benefits. Who knows you may even write your own soap!

By the way, if you like to learn how to stretch time so one hour seems like four or more, the techniques for doing this are what I teach on my courses and in one-to-one mentoring.  

To give you a clue how to do this, my best time management tip is one that sounds the most counter-intuitive. 

Before each writing session, spend 20-30 minutes meditating. If you are not sure how to meditate or have trouble silencing your over-active mind, just go for a walk or do some non-strenuous exercise – stretching, yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi are especially effective.  

What could be better than getting fit, having some ‘me time’ and writing a book at the same time. 

My philosophy by the way is always to create a ‘win win’ if not a ‘win-win-win’.  

You can find out more about writing and publishing your own book in my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published.

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How to write a GREAT book

So how do you go about writing a great book? 

How do you write a book that people tell other people to read?  

Well first you need to ‘go inside’ and examine why you are writing a book in the first place. If you want to pitch your book to a publisher, they will want to know the answers to these questions anyway so it’s worth considering them even if you are self publishing or writing an ebook. 

Take some time to think about the following and make some notes and these are the things you need to know for yourself and are the kind of questions that any potential publisher will want to know: 

  • Why you?
  • Why now?
  • What’s different about your book?
  • What genre does it fit into?
  • What other books is it like? 
  • What books do you like?
  • What are your influences?
  • Who is the target reader for your book?
  • What will the reader learn and take away as a result of reading your book?
  • What ideas do you have to find your target readers?
  • What are your aspirations as an author?
  • What do you plan to do under your own initiative to promote and sell the book?
  • What would you like to happen as a result of writing your book?
    • For you
    • For your business
    • For your readers
    • For the planet

You can find out more about writing and publishing your own book in my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published.

Do you want to write a book – what’s stopping you?

It’s a commonly held belief that it’s difficult, or well nigh impossible, to get published.  This misconception stops many people starting to write in the first place. 

The reality is that it has never been easier and as inexpensive to get published. To get into the written and publisher quadrant, all you need to do is to write and then use the numerous options and routes now open to authors to getting your words in front of readers.  

With new print on demand technology, you can even have a printed book in your hand within a week. 

Better still, if you upload your writings to one of many ebook aggregator sites and you can ‘publish’ instantly. You can also upload your book so it can read on the new breed of ereaders from the likes of Sony and Amazon. The new breed of smartphones also allow ‘books’ to be read on the move.

There are several authors who have blogged their books and have got advances from publishers as a result.  There are even some intrepid scribes who are now using Twitter to the same end.

Even the traditional publishers are now getting in on the act and have set up social networks for writers to pre-publish their work. The ones that get the best reviews get picked up by editors and get commissioned. 

It’s important though not to put the cart before the horse though.

Before deciding on your route, or routes, to publication it is important that you discover what exactly are you going to write … and why? In my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published – I talk more about this subject plus further information on the pros and cons to the many routes to publication

How to write a book and get it published

tbwGuideToWritingYourBook_220I am discovering more and more recently  that it’s not just aspiring authors wanting to write their first book who need my help the most. It’s also authors who may be on their 2nd or 3rd book and are stuck for inspiration and held back by the dreaded ‘writers block’.

I’ve also having great success with those that hadn’t seriously considered writing a book before but who I have helped to unleash their creative writing talent and to build the confidence to get stuck in and have a go (and many have gone on to write and publish their first book)!

And although I have been blogging for ages and sharing chunks of my knowledge and experience about book writing & publishing and creativity, until now I hadn’t put it all together into a neat and easy to read little ebook that summarises the basic but fundamental steps to writing and publishing your book.

So here it is at last, and it’s called, funnily enough, “How to write a book and get published”.  It does what it says on the tin.

What’s in the book?

  • How to write a great book
  • When to write your book
  • The pros and cons of the four routes to publication
  • Loads of useful links to resources for authors

And the good news is you can download it – absolutely free!

Follow this link to claim your free copy

I hope you enjoy and I’d be really grateful for your feedback and suggestions.