That’s a question I get asked often. It’s easy enough to start writing, but actually finishing the thing and turning into an eBook sometimes is a little harder.
So, how do you write and publish an eBook?
The simple answer is this.
You’ve got to get over procrastination. More on that in a minute.
Life has a habit of getting in the way and with the end of the year fast approaching it’s time to ask yourself this question.
Is 2015 going to be another year you’ve let slide past without making good on your promise to yourself to write and publish a book? To share your story. Share your knowledge?
If you’re anything like me, procrastination is always a struggle to overcome. But here’s the thing, the longer you put off a writing a book, the more you’ll procrastinate about it. There’s never a ‘right’ time. You’ve just gotta make a plan and get on with it.
And that’s what it is. It’s not ‘writer’s block’ just simple procrastination.
To finally write your book, you need to write daily. You’ve got to make it a habit. You need to write when you don’t really feel like it. Because if you give into procrastination you’ll never get anything done at all. And that’s no way to get a book written and published.
So, with 2015 coming up fast and a whole new bunch of New Year resolutions looming, here’s my top 5 tips for overcoming procrastination and finally, fulfilling your dream of writing and publishing an eBook.
1: HAVE A PLAN. Now this sounds rudimentary, but it’s crucial. Any writing project you embark on you need to have a clear plan in your mind of what you want to achieve.
A plan will keep you on course to complete your project. You wouldn’t build a house without a plan. Plan your book. Map it out. You won’t get stuck on what you need to write. Treat it like a project. All projects have deadlines, which brings us to..
2: HAVE A DEADLINE: This comes out of your plan. If you have a clear deadline for your writing project, then you have no excuse not to get on with it. A deadline will focus your mind wonderfully. A great way of getting into the mindset of meeting deadlines is by starting a blog and making a commitment to post regularly. Unless you’re like Douglas Adams ( ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’), who famously wrote – ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go rushing past’.
Get a big red pen and mark a realistic date on your calendar to have your eBook written, designed and published. In project management speak this is called the ‘must have finished by date’. Make one for your book. If it’s got a date you can work toward it. Make it realistic and achievable.
3: MAKE WRITING TIME: By that I mean, you need to figure out which part of the day you are most creative. Everybody’s rhythms are different. Your creative peak may be in the morning, afternoon or evening.
Pick your time and make at least 1 hour a day your dedicated writing time. Keep a date with yourself. It’s hard to procrastinate when you’ve got a plan, a deadline and special time each day to work toward your goal. A published eBook.
4: BE CLEAR ON YOUR GOALS: If you take ownership that you want to be a writer, then write. Make some clear goals for the year and block out your time to achieve those goals. If your goal is simply to complete and publish your first book, then block out research time, planning time, writing time, editing time, design time and publish time. By making your goals clear to yourself you make it easier to achieve those goals.
5: VISUALISE YOUR GOALS: Visualisation is a powerful tool. We really do create the world we live in within our minds. You should spend 20 minutes each morning visualising your project, the writing of it, it’s completion and publication.
You’ll be reinforcing positive beliefs around your plan and your ability to complete your project. Meditation can really help with the visualisation. Before you start your writing each day, it can be good to meditate for 15-20 minutes to clear your head and focus 100% on your writing. Try sitting quietly, breathing deeply and silently chanting ‘release’. It will reset your brain from your previous tasks and help you focus 100% on your precious writing time.
That’s it. Not really profound. But very necessary if you’re going to achieve your dream of writing a book. Procrastination can be overcome by having a clear plan, a clear strategy and then visualising your plans success. Try it.
Let me know what you think. What’s stopping you from writing a book? Leave a comment in the box below.