Becoming an author is an amazing and wonderful exercise. Not only will you create something from scratch, you can make a tremendous fortune from it. There are few other exercises that are as emotionally and financially satisfying. It is our mission to help you attain your writing and publication goals. Here are five winning strategies and tips to help get you where you want to be.
- Visualize yourself as a successful author. Olympic athletes use this strategy daily to achieve their success. In fact, they have it down to a science. An Olympic skier is able to hear the snow under their skies, hear the crowd cheering them on, smell the fire wood burning in the lodge at the base of the run, and feel the sting of the cold air on their cheeks. Most importantly, they are able to feel the elation as they cross the finish line and win the gold.
Visualization is important because it programs your mind and body for success. If you can visualize yourself becoming an author, visualize writing your book every day, visualize getting it published, visualize autographing copies, and visualize the joy you receive when your first six figures are made from the sale of your book, it will be that much easier to sit down and get busy writing. Knowing you will succeed is half the battle.
- Set a goal and make a plan. Decide when you want your book to be accomplished. Write it on the calendar and then do a few calculations to determine how much time you will need to dedicate to writing it every day. It may be only 10 minutes a day, it may be two hours. The important thing to remember is to make a goal, plan how you are going to achieve it, and then stick to your plan. It will be helpful to include in your plan when you are going to write, for example, in the morning right after you have had your first cup of coffee.
- Write about something that interests you. It is imperative that you write about something that interests you. It does not have to be something that you are already knowledgeable in but it does have to be a subject that generates enough interest that you can spend a bit of time devoted to learning it, writing about it, and marketing to your audience. Additionally, if you plan on creating an information marketing business from your original book, which we highly recommend, then it is even more important that you write on a subject you are interested in. Can you imagine spending the next ten years of your life immersed in a subject you could care less about?
- Writer's block, schmiter's block. Writer's block is often the symptom of fear. Fear causes us to procrastinate and boom, we have what we like to call writer's block. Maybe a person is afraid of their book not measuring up to some perceived standards or maybe they are afraid of not making any sales, the fear is not the problem. The procrastination is. Plan your book and stick to your plan. You do not have to write sequentially, you can write whatever comes easiest at any given time. The important thing is to meet your daily writing goal. (Note: Using our proprietary Brain Rush Writing Technique practically guarantees you will never have writer's block.)
- Save the editing for later. Editing while you write slows you down and quite frankly is a waste of your time. Many of your editing errors, spelling and grammar can be fixed with a quick spell check tool on your word processing software and can wait until your book is done or if you are a stickler, you can do a quick edit at the end of your writing time. The big editing session, will be accomplished upon the completion of your book. You will likely also want to have several associates or hired editors go over your book with a fine tooth comb. So why waste valuable writing time and interrupt the flow of words to go back and spell a word correctly. Save it for later. Publishing A Book, 7.