Lots going on in my home and businesses, that’s for sure. In fact, so much that I’ve neglected my WIP (work-in-progress) terribly. For quite awhile, I’ve been “meaning to get back to work on my next book.” I’m sure you can figure out what that means…
What about you? Are you considering writing a book? Actively thinking about writing a book? Writing a book? Or, regretting abandoning a book you were writing? It doesn’t matter, because it’s never too late to begin again!
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.
The next best time is today.
The same idea applies to your book.
If you’re like me, you have a book in the works and as luck would have it, life happened. You’ve gotten off track, but you still intend to write your book. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s how I got started again, and how I recommend you do the same:
Recognize: it is what it is. So you haven’t made progress lately. So what? It’s not the end of the world. Cut yourself some slack.
Remember: why you decided writing a book was a good idea in the first place. Get connected to your why so you can begin again with the end in mind.
Re-assess: what was the original plan, and how does it need to be recalculated? What’s your new publication date?
Re-commit: decide on a new date and schedule time on your calendar to write consistently.
Bonus: Get help. Everybody needs a coach, and I’ll be working with a small group of folks to help them with every aspect of their books. You can join me in September for the first-ever You Must Write a Book Live Coaching Corse. Details here.
If it’s any consolation, I had to give myself some tough love over the weekend and recommit to making progress. We’re just 258 days away from 2019, can you believe it? And 253 days until Christmas. (I guess it’s never too early to get excited about Christmas, right?) So, I got real and consulted my calendar. I know writing just 250 words a day for the rest of the year will yield almost 65,000 words…which equates to a very long nonfiction book or an almost long enough work of fiction.
I woke up this morning, opened my WIP, dusted it off and got to work. In just 20 minutes, I’d written over 300 words and felt like there was hope. I’ve got an editor booked for the end of June so I’ll need to get more and more words down on a daily basis. But I’m okay with that. I wrote the first draft of You Must Write a Book in just 11 days (I don’t recommend that, btw!).
To quote myself from a few emails ago: “Take it from someone who knows, you have to stop thinking, you have to stop meaning to start writing, and you have to just start doing it.“
What is the state of your book? Are you ready to begin (or begin again)?
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~ If you’re looking for ways to write your book and treat it like a business, Ben Hale and I have you covered with the Like a Boss series. I suggest starting with Write Like a Boss!