Writing a book is a cool experience but it will be a pain in the ass if you do it the wrong way and stare at the blank page. In this post, I’d like to give you an overview of the strategy that I used to write and publish my second book. It’s a simple process that you can use to start creating your first book today.
The internet says that over 80% of people want to write a book but only a fraction of the actually writes one. Your book begins with your why. Whether it’s getting Matt Damon to play the main character from your self-published $0.99 book, receiving $450 000/year from Amazon, spreading your message with the world or simply polishing your writing skills. You need to have a reason behind sitting in front of the screen and turning your chaotic thoughts into awful sentences over and over again until they start making sense and finally become decent ideas.
I’m sure you’ve experienced that moment at least a few times when you think about something and all of a sudden realize that it could be a great book idea. The fact is, there are dozens of potential book ideas inside your head but you just don’t force yourself enough to give life to them. The method I’m about to show you is how you can change this.
Drawing Your Book
The first step is to come up with 10 titles for books. You should rather focus on the quantity rather than quality. Just go crazy and write down whatever comes to your head. The more ideas you can get the better, ten is just a bare minimum.
Think about your passions and hobbies, struggles and worries, things that keep you awake late at night and make you want to wake up at 5 am. Look what you did this week, what’s on your desk, what’s on your desktop and pinboard and in your email inbox and notebook. Try to become fully aware of what’s something that you did so many times without realizing and therefore, earned enough experience and expertise to write about.
Once you have the titles, pick the one that you feel most excited about. The next step is coming up with 10 chapters ideas. Since I like to visualize stuff, I took a huge sheet of paper and wrote the title in the middle (I wish I could show you the one I used for my recent work but I’m 1000 miles away from the place where my book was born). Then I created a kind of a brainstorming tree. Each new chapter would become a fresh branch.
Again, 10 is just a bare minimum, if you feel like going crazy, definitely go for it.
After some time, you should have a nice brainstorming diagram with at least 10 branches. You probably guessed it right what the next move is but if not, then here is what to do. For each new chapter, come up with 10 things that you’d like to discuss in it. When you feel like there is a lot more than ten, you can even split the chapter into two separates ones. By now, your diagram should show you a basic overview of your next book.
Time to get the words flowing
This is where you get to writing. By doing the above exercise, you’re making your future life easier: once you face the writer’s block and feel stuck, you can refer to the tree.
You won’t be able to finish your book in one go and even thinking about it sounds overwhelming. Instead, focus just on discussing the one aspect from the first chapter. That’s your daily target. So on day #1, you begin the first chapter by writing about the first bullet point from it. Once you finish, even if it’s just 300 words, you’re allowed to call it a day. Usually, however, once you complete the first task, you automatically jump to the next one and get done more than you’d expect.
It happened to me countless times that I sat down with a goal to write 300–500 words and would end up with over 1500+ words. The satisfaction afterward is priceless. But if you hit just that tiny goal and don’t feel like writing a single word more, that’s fine, as long as you come back tomorrow and commit to a small progress again. And again, and again (and again)…