By Bobbi Linkemer
Successful authors agree that it takes certain principles to become a successful book writer. Although you may add others, here are six principles worth remembering for anyone who is in the middle of writing a book.
1. Desire. The following five principles are important, but without a lasting desire, you will not succeed. Keep the book writing flame burning strong.
2. A concept. Does your short explanation about your book (preferably one sentence) written at the beginning of your project still hold true? You may change it along the way, as long as you have based your planning on the new version. If your concept changes, review your initial book proposal to be certain it still reflects your main idea.
3. A plan. As you continue, writing only when you have time will not work. It is important to establish deadlines. Decide when, where and how much you will write. Don't leave your book writing time to chance.
4. A long attention span. From beginning to end, planning, writing, publishing and promoting a book can take anywhere from months to years. Give yourself adequate time to plan, research, write, publish and promote. Along the way, stop to take stock of where you are. Sticking with a schedule and maintaining your enthusiasm is what is meant by a long attention span.
5. Self-discipline. Staying interested is one thing; actually writing is another. Creating a schedule is a good beginning, but the hard part is sticking with it. Self-discipline is making yourself do something even on those days you don't want to. It's meeting your deadlines, motivating and re-motivating yourself.
6. Support and guidance. If you were writing a thesis or dissertation, you would likely have an advisor to push, prod, guide and hold you accountable. If you have an agent or publisher for your book, you have a similar support system. If you have neither, there are other ways to build a support group. Look to writing groups, other authors, coaches, classmates, friends, and others who share your common interest. Seek out people who not only will give you advice and feedback, but who will also hold you accountable for living up to your commitments.
Writing a book takes time, energy, determination and perseverance. Remembering what it takes to write a book will help keep you focused on the task at hand.
[The majority of this post was created, with permission, from excerpts taken from How to Write a Nonfiction Book, from planning to promotion is 6 simple steps, written by Bobbi Linkemer. To visit her website, go to http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com.]