If anyone had asked me that question 2 years ago, I would have answered “Absolutely”! I had already been dabbling in writing a book about the administrative profession anyway. It was a piece of cake!
Now when I hear anyone say that they want to write a book, I just provide a sad kind of smile and say, “Bless your heart!”
Writing a book is far more work than people might imagine it to be. It can be quite a complicated journey, especially if you are looking to publish your book along with a million other aspiring authors.
The first discipline in writing a book I discovered (or any other written piece for that matter) is making the time to do it!
I knew I had only so many months to get the content into editing, which is the first stage of the writing process. There were days that I didn’t want to touch the keys of my laptop. Some days my mind was too tired, or I drew a blank. Yet, other days the creative juices and stories would flow. Writing has an ebb and flow. The key is not staying too long in the ebb, especially if you are on a deadline, as I was.
I discovered a technique from the Compound Effect’s author, Darren Hardy, that became quite valuable. He called it “Jamming” or “Jam sessions.” The technique helps a writer to be as productive as possible.
To stay on target to get the manuscript into the editor’s hands, I started carving out 90-minute jam sessions during my week where I would strictly concentrate and focus on writing for that full 90 minutes without stopping.
THAT was challenging!
To be completely forthcoming, most days, I would only last 60 minutes. But then there were days where I would be lost entirely in storytelling and writing for well over 2 hours! I just never knew which way the day was going to go.
Once you have the primary content written, you are not done! In fact, I realized after writing almost a year that what I thought was the end of that journey actually just kicked off the next phase of my book. It was time for the editing!
There were a few more jam sessions in my future, and, ultimately, I got it done!
If you want to be a writer, you can surely do it.
Just remember that writing a book is truly a labor of love and dedication, a little motivation, and requires some gentle nudges along the way.
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