…And here is one (of many) reasons why you’ll be kicking yourself if you do not listen to this podcast TODAY – THIS WEEK:
I learned so many techniques after recording the call with nationally acclaimed book writing coach, Lisa Tener, that I was able to create an entire book outline and schedule in 24 hours.
Why does that matter?
I claimed that this year, I would write my book. I had planned to write one chapter per week. So far, it only took writing two chapters before I became totally lost in my own creativity and found myself asking the self-doubting questions, “What the hell am I writing about anyway?” “What am I doing?!?,” and “Who am I writing for?”
Some highlights from the call with Lisa that totally changed my game (and has created a lot more questions – but constructive ones this time):
1. You can’t (and will fail if you) write for everybody.
Think about your market in a targeted way – crystal clear who they are. Not just what they do for a living or their gender or age, but their values, what keeps them up at night, what gets them out of bed in the morning. Picture a specific person when you write.
2. You need a plan – an outline.
That may not be the sexy advise you are looking for, but her methods for planning have absolutely changed my game, have given me new clarity, and have me feeling explosively inspired and creative.
Here is how I went about organizing my book yesterday (using a combination of my own creative methods and some that Lisa talked about on the podcast).
a) Create 10 (potential) chapter titles.
I aimed for 10 but it doesn’t matter how many you end up creating. After all, it is YOUR book. These don’t have to be actual titles; they can be chapter topics to give you direction.
b) List 3-10 Keywords or Keyword Phrases under each chapter title.
This is how I went about creating subsections and develop the direction of my chapters.
c) Find at least one quote to associate with each potential chapter.
Before I started working on organizing the book, I went online and hunted down about 20 quotes that spoke directly to my book topic. I did this because I LOVE quotes and they help inspire new creativity and perspective for each of my chapters. They also give me some extra confidence that I am not the only one in the world who feels a certain way about the subject matter I am writing about.
d) Write your Purpose and any brief notes and thoughts you have about the purpose of the chapter.
This helped me solidify the direction of each potential chapter. It also helped me realize how right Lisa Tener was about her next piece of advice…
e) Try using an index card system to organize your book chapters and content.
You will have a lot of ideas about your content. As you begin developing a chapter, you may realize part way into it that the particular section or chapter you are developing may be better somewhere else in the book. Lisa’s index card system allows you that creative flexibility.
On the podcast, she speaks more about this index card system as well as expands on how to develop a solid outline and plan for your book.
This is only scratching the surface about what is on the podcast. She also talked about 4 other steps to help get you started writing your book and prevent you from writing the WRONG book in the WRONG timeline.
Plus, she gave us a crash course on self-publishing -vs- traditional publishing and mentions what can ruin your chances of getting a traditional book deal if you go with self-publishing first.
Lisa rocks and I cannot thank her enough for all this info and a super sweet gift she offered to listeners of the call.
But you need to take some action, get serious with yourself about starting your book THIS WEEK.
Don’t let yourself wish you had listened earlier.
Start writing your book with me! And with Lisa! You can even join the book writing support group I started this week. It is a members only Facebook group so if you want in, contact me now.
What tips and tricks are you learning along your book writing journey? Or what problems are you running into? Please tell me in the comments section so we can all benefit from the questions and answers.