Questions continue to flood my inbox from aspiring authors. A big question keeps coming up again and again: How Do I Get this Book Out of my Head!?
Writing my new book Look Before You Leap started my journey to learn more about the “money pit” of publishing. Since time is money, that “pit” also includes the hours and days and months and YEARS that authors can spend (sometimes waste!) trying to bring their book to life. Scary, huh?
I’m not kidding. You can read more in this post about How Much Time it Takes to Write a Book, I found that the average number of hours spent on a book is about 1,000 hours. That is A LOT of time.
You can read all the gory details In my survey of dozens of authors across traditional, hybrid and self-published platforms.
Ok, now on to answer the question, How to Write Your Book Efficiently. Here is what I’d suggest after talking to hundreds of authors (Five Steps)
- Determine the type of writer/author you are. I am developing a tool called ASK (which stands for Author Style Knowledge). It will provide you with your own unique author style (on a spectrum from Organizer Producer to Creative Thinker). Get in touch with me to get on the waiting list for this tool.
- Set up a unique plan for your writing style. I can help you with a coaching call, or you can join in the Make Publishing Fun Academy for a cohort learning environment.
- Use a journal such as the Freedom Journal to keep your writing process to a 100-day period
- Use the techniques in the Mastery Journal to understand how you can boost your productivity by honing your focus and discipline. I talk about focus, discipline and productivity in this interview on Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas.
- Rely on accountability partners to keep you to your plan. The Make Wellness Fun Academy might be just what you’re looking for! I also recommend Master mind groups such as Chandler Bolt’s group at Self Publishing School. That place is on fire! 🙂
Here is a short video of me receiving my proof copy of Look Before You Leap: