OK, so 2017 wasn’t your year to write your book … so what? That was 2017.
Stop beating yourself up. Focus on 2018 and get excited about what lies ahead – not frustrated from behind.
You are about to read THE perfect article to help manifest your book writing resolution more quickly than you ever thought possible. 2018 is your year.
And remember this … as long as you don’t quit writing, you’ll be successful. All you have to do is keep the end in mind.
It’s impossible NOT to finish writing your book if you keep writing.
Once your book manuscript is written, then it’s a simple matter of finding the “write” publisher to format and publish your manuscript on Amazon whether that be a print book, an eBook, and/or audiobook.
Let’s be honest though, writing a book manuscript can be overwhelming. There are so many elements to it.
If you haven’t done so already, click here to download our complimentary guide titled, “How to Write a Book in 90 Days!” This guide outlines several tips and strategies to help you not only write your manuscript, but finish more efficiently while enjoying the process.
Again, remember, begin with the end in mind. You’ll finish unless you quit.
Of all our tips and strategies though, there’s one tip that is overwhelmingly the most important, repeated tip that serves as most helpful for our authors.
THAT TIP: Schedule time to write.
We’ve worked with hundreds of aspiring authors just like you, and the ones who are successful are those who schedule the time to write each week in blocks.
Look, we get it though. You don’t have time. Your schedule is already overloaded.
Ask yourself these questions though,
“Why is writing my book so important to me?”
“How will my book help change the lives of others who read it?”
“How will becoming an author change my life?”
“What will happen if I don’t schedule the time?”
“How has not scheduling the time worked so far?”
You no doubt schedule time for important things you want to accomplish, so why not schedule time to write your book? Keep in mind that scheduling time is the only way you will finish!
We frequently hear from aspiring authors that they try to “fit writing in” their schedule, rather than scheduling their writing time. We have never worked with an author who “fit it in!”
Here’s how: Look at your schedule and prioritize your time. Find 2 to 3-hour blocks of time at least twice a week to work on your book plus a 4-hour block on weekends. Scheduling blocks of time to write will give you time to settle into your writing zone each session and will give you a very do-able 8 to 10-hours a week of writing time. See below for how that writing time adds up!
Depending on the type of book you are writing, and where you are currently at in your writing stage, ~ 100 hours of writing time could be the time needed to finish your book!
Yes, investing the time to write your manuscript will require sacrifice of something, but remember, this is only temporary. You won’t be writing forever. Instead, you’ll be writing for an acute period of time. Then you’ll have your book forever!
Focus on the reward at the end—your book!
When it’s time to write, treat the time with respect. Turn off your phone, close down your social media and email, and put yourself in an environment where you will not be distracted.
If you don’t feel focused and zoned in, it’s likely because you haven’t scheduled time to be distraction free, or you haven’t placed yourself in the “write” environment.
Also, tell those who are important to you that you are embarking on writing a book that will require focus and dedication. Remember, writing a book is only a short period of time and then you will have your book forever. Keep the end in mind.
Scheduling your writing schedule will help you stay motivated because you will see regular, real progress toward finishing your book.
Again, we have never worked with an author who “fit it in!”
Also, we encourage you to find someone close to you who would be willing to check in with you once or twice a month or make time for you to call them periodically with a progress report. These reports do not have to be long conversations, but they should report on real work accomplished or discuss a stumbling block you encountered and what you’re doing about it.
When you keep an eye on your calendar timeline and know someone is going to expect an update from you, you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you’ll be!
Contact us if this staying on track and accountable to your weekly/monthly writing goals is an issue you have been struggling. We understand! We provide author coaching and writer accountability for this reason.
Now that you know the importance of scheduling writing time, now you need to have a plan for the content you are writing.
How do you determine your content?
How do you organize your material?
What will happen if you get writer’s block?
Will your content be good enough?
If you haven’t done so already, click here to download our complimentary guide titled, “How to Write a Book in 90 Days!” The guide outlines several tips, strategies and examples answering these questions above.
At any time, you can also reach out to us to schedule a complimentary consultation about your book. Tell us where you are at and what your needs are. We’d love to know how to help. All you need to do is reach out. Click here to tell us more about you and to schedule a free call.
Our proudest accomplishments are what we’re willing to work hardest for. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Becoming an author is no exception. But it’s worth it beyond measure!
Scheduling your writing time is a gift you are giving to yourself … and your future reader!