Most people who want to write a book never do. Learn The Book Catalysts' fast-start, strong-finish method to writing your book--and start enjoying the benefits that books deliver.
Did you know that only a fraction of the people who want to write a book ever do?
Even those who normally breeze through a blog or article often freeze when faced with the challenge of 200+ pages in a book. Add in hectic schedules, and the idea of writing a book gets more daunting.
Sound familiar? You can overcome these obstacles at The Book Catalysts' œSpring into Your Book -- a live, virtual book-writing course from February 14 through May 2, 2013. Learn more and take advantage of our Early Bird Special at http://bookcatalysts.com/writing-class.
Lynda McDaniel and Virginia McCullough are The Book Catalysts, an online book-writing coaching service based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have written more than 125 books and coached everyone from executives to experts, parents to professionals to turn their expertise into business and career-boosting books.
œWe enjoy sharing all the fruits of our long careers as writers and authors, says McDaniel. œWe give our students and clients insider information and tricks of the trade to help them start fast and finish strong.
According to McDaniel, you can get started with your own book now with these five kick-start techniques:
Imitate to innovate: Find a book you love, a book that's similar to the one you want to write. Often, what you admire is what you aspire to. Now deconstruct its style. Study how the book starts, finishes, and everything in between. You'll quickly have a blueprint for your book.
Write 100 words for 100 days: If procrastination holds you back, this could be your breakthrough tool. Psychologically, you know you can fit 100 words into your schedule. And many days, you'll write much more because once you're on a roll, the words tumble out.
Write fast first drafts: Don't worry about the quality of the words”and don't edit as you go. Just get your ideas down as fast as possible. (This also increases your creativity.) Capture that jumble of thoughts so you can turn it into something great”later. You can fix a messy first draft, but you can't fix a blank page.
Plunge in: Start wherever you feel passionate. Jump into the middle or end -- you don't have to start at the beginning. You'll find your creativity is super-charged when you're excited about the section you're writing.
Take breaks: This may sound counterintuitive, but it works. As Pierre Khawand describes in œAccomplishing More with Less, work on your book (or any task) for 40 minutes and then take a brief break. That's 10 or 15 minutes longer than other performance studies, and here's why in Pierre's own words: œ¦ while 30 minutes is reasonable and achievable, after 30 minutes of focused work, the œengine is now fully warmed up and functioning optimally, so those extra 10 minutes are œpure performance.
Why not start your business-boosting book today? If you need one more nudge, just think about what it's costing you NOT having a book/e-book to promote your business and expertise.
The Book Catalysts live online course œSpring into Your Book: How to write your book by this spring! runs February 14 through May 2. Details: www.bookcatalysts.com/writing-class. Don't wait! Take advantage of the Early Bird Special.