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Powerhouse Writer , Issue #0010 -- Write A Book--Are Your Serious?
June 28, 2007

Are you serious about writing your book? I hope my article today will help you decide to write and finish your great book. It is a challenge for many of us to do this as there is so much competition for our time. Yet we know that a published book is important to our business success.

Read the article and set up a plan to write your book.

Also, the exclusive Biz Book Writers Retreat is now open to 10 biz writers who want to write a book for their business success. If you are serious or know someone who should attend this 5-day event please forward this to them. Check it out below. Thanks for your help.

To your book writing success,
Joan Clout-Kruse

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My teenage granddaughter uses the phrase, "Are you serious?" Any time I say something that is out of the ordinary for a grandmother to do or tell her some Internet marketing stuff I am doing she says, "Are you serious?" Meaning, I can't believe that my grandmother is really doing this stuff! Or, Does she really mean it?"

When people tell me that they want to write a book. My first temptation is to say in that teenage jargon, "Are you serious?" The wannabe authors get excited as they tell me briefly about their book idea. For a brief time I listen to their great idea. Many of them really ARE great ideas in my opinion. Some want me to help them get their ideas in writing.

We have heard this question many times, "Is there a book inside of you?" Most of us will say yes, but when it comes to really writing that book, even when they have some coaching to help them bring their ideas to fruition, they get stuck. They hit a roadblock.

You Can't Write a Book By Osmosis.

Wannabe writers now realize that the four-letter words "work" and "time" are involved. They are out of their comfort zone. It will take more time than they are willing to give to write their book.

Even when you have a ghostwriter there is a time commitment required. The reality is that if you want to write a book, you must be actively involved every step of the way whether you write it yourself or you have a ghostwriter do it for you. A ghostwriter needs your time to get your ideas and develop the book.

"I don't have time," is the excuse. My question is, "Would you make time if a publisher offered you $10,000?" So, no time is just an excuse. It's a way of protecting yourself from perceived failure, unsure of how to write the book, or unclear of the purpose behind the book.

If you are really, really serious about writing a book, there are some things you can do to get you started and get your book completed. The tips below are only for the committed: You are ready to write, know your subject well, and are willing to sacrifice some of your precious time to do it.

Four Tips To Writing Success

1.Set a goal to finish your book in 90 days.
If your strategic goal is to finish your book in three months that means you must complete a minimum of one chapter each week if they are long chapters of 10-12 double spaced pages. If they are shorter then your goal is to finish at least two chapters each week. At the end of three months you will have completed 12 long chapters or 24 or more short chapters. If 90 days is not realistic for you, then plan for a longer period of time to finish your book. You must put it in writing and commit to it. For example, "I WILL write and finish one chapter a week."

2. Schedule your writing time on your calendar.
Write in your calendar or PDA your schedule. You MUST do this. If you are an average typist you can finish a modest 3 double-spaced pages an hour including creative thinking time. Let's assume there are 12 double spaced pages per chapter. You will book 4 hours per week in your calendar to finish one chapter. At the end of 3 months you will have completed a minimum of 12 chapters. One author I know dedicates every weekend to writing her book. Her goal is to finish one chapter each weekend and she doesn't stop until she finishes it. She has published four books. Can you do that? Can you schedule the time needed each week to finish a chapter of your book? Can you keep a writing schedule even if it's just half a chapter a week? If your answer is YES you are ready to write.

3. Believe in yourself.
You can accomplish tips #1 and #2 above if you believe in yourself and believe in your book. Without that belief you will not finish your book. Including affirmations in your daily life is important, but sometimes it is not enough. The best thing you can do is to find supportive and trustworthy friends and tell them about your book. You will discover that they may get more excited than you. They believe in you. They want you to succeed. Your friends can give you the motivation to keep you going. They are your cheerleaders! Keep in touch with them frequently and when your book is published give them a copy with your handwritten dedication and thanks for all their support.

4. Visualize the cover of your book.
Visualization is the key to success. The more vivid your book is to you the more apt you are to finish it. If you don't have that $10,000 advance from a publisher to motivate you, then create a cover for your book. You can use crayons, marking pens, cut out pictures from magazines and put it on a paper cut out the same size as a cover on a book such as 6" x 9". If you know desktop publishing then create a cover design for your book using that tool. Paste your cover next to your computer or writing area. It can motivate you to keep on writing every time you see it.

Be a Go-Getter.

The above four tips give you a plan to write your book, stay motivated, and finish it. Don't be a "wannabe"--stop making excuses and get started with your writing plan. Next time you tell someone you are writing a book and they say, "Are you serious?" You will say, "Yes!"

Passionate biz writing,
Joan Clout-Kruse
America's Book Coach

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