I love this question – when writing a book how do you actually get it done? Yep, the million-dollar question… It’s not just a matter of time, that does count, but I find when working with clients, knowing what kind of planner they are helps even more.
When you know how you like to write (or do anything), you have a better chance of getting it done.
What kind of book planner are you?
The key to getting your book started (and finished) starts with a good plan. By creating a comprehensive and workable plan, the rest, as they say, will follow.
- Planning makes writing your book easier (it does, I promise)
- With a plan, you are more likely to publish your book and then promote it
- Planning will help you stay on track even when you’d rather drink tea and eat cake
About you as the planner, writer and editor
Have you ever stopped to consider how you like to learn, what steps you take in getting things done, why you work the way that you do?
Read that again and ask do you? If you are anything like me then you’ll have done a lot of work on yourself to understand who you are and how you operate.
So that you can be more productive and effective, you need to understand yourself and the habits or patterns you have formed. These will be quite telling. I am not confessing anything!
When working with you as a writing coach and mentor, my job is to get the best out of you and to do that, I have to understand your learning and thinking style. When I ‘get you’ I can plan individual strategies to ensure that you get your books planned, written and published.
It is vital that when you begin to plan and write your book, you understand your preferences, as this will help you not only get started but also to actually finish and get published. And to sustain your ongoing marketing and product/services development.
How you do things and how you think feels a ‘natural’ part of you. You may be unaware of these non-conscious patterns until you learn to recognise them. You can learn to recognise them through your language and behaviour.
This is often why book projects fail – people simply do not know why they may get into overwhelm or lose the motivation to write. It’s all down to your preferences.
I like fresh, new and exciting and so I chunk everything down. It makes sense to me.
Because of my preferences, I often find it hard to adapt to other people’s ideas of how it should be done and maybe you do too.
However, it pays to be flexible when doing something that could be more beneficial. Consider how being more flexible with your thinking and behaviour may lead to more productive outcomes.
I know that I have to flex my style and when I know the benefits, I just get on with it.
Are you most comfortable, planning, writing or editing?
I ask this because aspects of planning, writing and editing your book will be easier for some than others. I love to plan and write and the struggle with editing – hence I have a process that works for me.
Ask yourself a few questions:
When you have something new, do you: –
- Read the instructions first?
- Head to YouTube to watch how someone else does it?
- Ask for help?
- Just have a go (you are the ones with the leftover screws)?
When you learn something new, do you: –
- Watch and learn, before you try things?
- Talk it through with someone first, to make sure you understand?
- Read something through, think about it for a while, and then have a go?
- Just jump in and try?
We are all different and there are reasons why some things are easier than others. The point is, to learn why you do what you do.
Consider how you could flex your style, adapt the way you do things and ask for help so that your book gets done.
Everyone has to learn how to flex their style to get his or her book written.
I find that it’s important to get to know and love your writing style in order to engage and communicate with people who are not like you.
Plan your non fiction book in a weekend
In my book, Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend I have a whole section on this…
For example, A people like to gather all the information together before starting. B people are disciplined, detailed, and methodical, and you like to know that there are proven methods. C People start enthusiastically and work intuitively but may not finish, as you are easily distracted. D people hate to be held to a timetable and tend to be unstructured.
Perhaps you are a combination of all of these.
It does stop here. Perhaps you like to write in silence (me) or maybe a busy cafe explodes your creativity?
Think about what has to happen to ensure that you get your book, planned, written, published and marketed?