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7 Book Writing Secrets to Finish Faster and Sell Sooner

Nov 9, 2007
Are ready to finish your book writing stronger to sell sooner? No worries. With a little extra knowledge, you can still complete writing your book this year. Implement the following secrets; complete your book and prosper:

Secret 1 Create a sense of urgency

Many less determined writers get discouraged and quit because their book journey is not as easy and fast as they thought. May I gently say, "Get over it." Most worthwhile endeavors take perseverance and hard work. Here's a different perspective; the attention, direction and intent it takes to overcome most obstacles can be developed into new strengths and skills.

Get your book finished now; for now is better than later. Remember you become a successful author the minute you start moving toward your worthwhile book goal. I don't know anyone that regrets they wrote a book. But I know plenty of people that regret they didn't do it sooner.

Secret 2 Keep going after life interrupts.

It is a common challenge for book writers to find their place after being interrupted by family, work and daily life. After all that's why many think you must get away to get it done effectively.

Yet, there's hope for those who can't get away or choose not to. Successful writers all over the world use the tracking approach. They succeed because they commit to doing a little each day.

Set yourself up for success; use the book tracking approach. The most popular method to use for tracking is time. Time is the method where you commit to a writing a certain amount of time each day.

With the cumulative factor involved your commitment doesn't have to be that much. For example, to accomplish my book writing goals I commit to writing one hour a day in a.m. (my most productive time.) With this method don't be overly concerned about how much you write, just keep the time commitment.

Secret 3 Find your writing rhythm.

You don't have to write each chapter one after the other. If you get stuck on chapter two, you could be stuck a very long time. This type of thinking comes from grade school where we are ritually taught to do everything in order.

If you have been thinking that way stop right now, no need to raise your hand. You have my permission to work on whatever chapter moves you or you feel passion bubbling for at the moment. Feeling stuck on a chapter, try another. There you have it now go with the flow.

Don't become chained to writing in order. Jump around and fill in the blanks. Review your chapters and whatever subject or topic you most drawn to, begin there.

Secret 4 Push past writer's block.

I am stuck. I have to stop writing until I feel it again. Unseasoned writers may play the martyr, give up and try again another day. We would never get it done like that. When you get stuck simply close that chapter, pull out your chapter outline and choose another chapter. Choose a topic from that chapter and begin there.

Keep going; stay on course. Maintain your writing commitments. Go around writer's block by working on another chapter. For example, while writing this book in one of my writing sessions, I wanted to finish my fourth chapter on titles but I ran into a writer's block. Instead of breaking my momentum, I came down to chapter eight about easy writing and began there. I was able to complete my time commitment of one hour and keep my momentum.

Secret 5 Turn off editor mindset when writing.

Many newbie and seasoned writers are perfectionist. When writing, they feel the urge to stop and change something every few paragraphs. Or they finish a page and want to perfect it before continuing.

Turn off your editor voice while writing your first draft. Your goal should be to get the message on paper. Avoid re-writing during your first draft. After your message is written completely out, then you can turn the editor's voice back up. It's true successful authors rewrite and organize their ideas for the strongest impact.

But in the beginning stages of writing your book, concentrate on finishing each chapter. Use later writing sessions to self-edit. When it's time to edit, check your ideas for flow, grammar, spelling, and chapter endings. Work on your chapter titles and lead in introductions.

Secret 6 Treat your book as a business.

It was one thing to write your family's history book. You had no plans of marketing it to the world. It's another thing to write a book about a topic in your field. Your expectations are different and quite higher. You can expect your book about a topic in your field to brand your business, make you a sought after expert and draw hundreds of new clients.

Set your book up to succeed with a book marketing plan. Your book marketing plan is what I describe as your map. It describes your book, what you will do after the book is completed and published. It also describes who you hope to sell your book to a target audience. In short you can say your book marketing plan is your roadmap to success and profits.

Secret 7 Ask for help.

Many writers are natural loners. So it's no surprise when they fall into thinking, "I have to do it all myself." Do your research and reading time apart from your writing sessions. You may be able to ask your spouse, a teen-aged son or daughter, a friend to help with your research. Know when to let go of your chapters and book. Don't self-edit and pick your book apart word by word.

Learn to use your skills at the highest level possible. Some of the mechanical tasks of proofreading ask a family member, part-time employee or again a friend to help. After you have done the best job you can with your manuscript, don't be afraid to pass it to a professional. Learn to delegate faster and faster.

Don't put it off any longer. You owe it to yourself and those who love you to finish stronger and sell sooner. Your audience is waiting. Implement the above secrets, get your book finished, release it to the world and prosper.
About the Author
Earma Brown, 12 year author and business owner helps small business owners and writers who want to write their best book now! Earma mentors other writers and business professionals through her monthly ezine "iScribe." Send any email to iscribe@bookwritinghelp.com for free mini-course "Jumpstart Writing Your Book" or visit her at http://www.bookwritinghelp.com
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