6 Ways to Write Your Book Next Year

While you’re enjoying the holiday season, you can be noodling on your book’s title, content, and avatar. If you want to write your book next year, there are several ways you can make sure it gets done.

You might already know I passionately believe every person would benefit beyond their wildest dreams from writing their own book. I can’t predict what amazing things will happen for you as a result of writing your book, but let me ask you this: wouldn’t you like to know? I can promise you this: you won’t regret it in any way but I’m pretty confident you’ll be grateful you did.

Here are six simple ways to make sure it gets written:

1. Decide it’s time and commit to writing your book. Finish this sentence: I commit to writing my book about …… next year. Write it in your Bullet Journal, or on a sticky note … put it somewhere you’ll see it on a regular basis.

2. Give yourself a publication deadline, a.k.a. a goal with the deadline to have it done and out in the world. Finish this sentence: I am so excited to publish my book on ….. {date}. Add that to your sticky note or wherever you wrote down your goal.

3. Read (or re-read) You Must Write a Book. I put everything in that book I could possibly share without talking to you about your specific situation (which I could actually do).

4. Give yourself a daily word count goal. Just 500 words a day, 300 days a year, results in 150,000 words. One hundred and fifty thousand words is the equivalent of three to five non-fiction books (or at least two fictions books). Five hundred words is the equivalent of a few wordy emails, which means you crank that out, no problem.

5. Get accountability. If you already have a coach, make sure they know about your daily word count goal. Or perhaps you have a friend who is also working on their book. Exchange goals and keep each other accountable (who has to buy lunch if they don’t make it? What’s the reward if you do?). If you have a young child, tell them they get something if you reach your goal (you might have to work on shorter time frames, which is just fine). I promise you they will ask every single day (sometimes twice a day!) if you’ve done your writing yet!

6. Go ahead and have your cover designed (by a professional). I personally love to “write to a cover.” Once my cover is designed, I’m extra-motivated to get the book written. Explain your book’s concept and message, and let your designer take it from there. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to get it just right (meanwhile, you’re writing consistently and racking up the words). Cover reveals are fun and start the conversation about your book. If your designer gives you a couple of options, do a post on Facebook and see which one of your ideal prospective readers like the most.

I’ll continue this conversation in the next post, early next year. I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and day, and 2018 is everything you want it to be!

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