Are you one of those people who are always saying to friends and family “When I write my book I’m going write about this!” No matter what moments, sayings, or experiences you want to include in your book, sometimes you just have to start writing. So what do you do when you want to start but have no idea how to get serious about it? Here’s a quick checklist to get you moving in the right direction.
Make a schedule.
Find time to write and make it a consistent amount of time every week. Also try to break it up in to small bits of 10 or 20 minutes to make it easy on yourself. Find a method that works for you and that you can use on a consistent basis.
Find someone who you can go to who will keep you on target. Start tweeting or posting on Facebook when you write and work on your book. Your friends and family can comment on what a good job your doing or start bothering you when you’re not writing that week. If you keep procrastinating, the book will never get done.
Run away from distractions.
Do you find yourself randomly checking things like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, emails, or surfing the internet? Congratulations, you’re a warm blooded human who is just as plugged in as the rest of us. But checking those things are not going to get you any closer to finishing your book (even if you are writing a book about social media!) sometimes to get something done you just have to unplug. Trust me, Facebook will be there when you get back.
Did you finish a part of your book this weekend? Great! Why not buy the new pair of shoes you wanted or go out to dinner for a change of pace? Sometimes when there are little incentives to reaching a small part of the way towards a goal it helps to lighten the load and keep you motivated by having a reward or two along the way.
Focus on the goals.
There is that saying “Life is a journey not a destination.” For a book, it’s the reverse. Yes, the journey counts but the destination is the end result. Make sure you are going where you want to end up and it’s not headed for a dumpster instead.
Make a plan.
Sit down with yourself and map out where you want to go with your book and how you want to write it. Treat your book like it’s a product or a business. You wouldn’t want to invest in something if you didn’t have a business plan right? Same thing goes for your book.