Starting a book writing project can be a challenge. Finishing your book can be an even bigger challenge. The following nine ingredience will help you successfully meet both challenges.
1. The first ingredient in writing a book is passion. Ask youself these questions: What story do you want to tell to inspire others? What do you want others to learn? Do you feel strongly enough about your book to give up many hours each week for the next few months to make sure it gets written? If you do not feel passionately about your subject, you will probably not finish the work.
2. You must have self-discipline. It takes discipline to continually sit down at your desk and spend hours writing. Finding the creative energy when you'd rather be doing something easier and more fun is what self-discipline is all about.
3. Find time versus making time. A clear picture of your vision, of what you are trying to create and why it is important, will help you protect that time you found to write. A clear picture of your readers can be an inspiration to you when your own focus blurs.
4. Manage priorities, not time. Take a few minutes and make a list of your priorities. Then look at how you've allocated your time. Finally, look at your calendar and block out specific times in your week when you will work on each activity.
5. Learn how to deal with interruptions. No matter when and where you write, you will face interruptions. To deal with this, you need to find a way to keep your work organized. Then when the ineveitable interruptions occur, you'll be able to easily pick up where you left off.
6. Find an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who will support, nudge and nag you (if necessary) into completing your book. Knowing you have someone who will support you is one of the best ways to overcome writer's block.
7. Set a deadline. And once you have establish a deadline, don't keep it to yourself - tell others about it.
8. Create a list. Before you can finish your book, you must first start to work on it - that starts with creating a list. Include in your list who you are writing for? What is your theme? What are your chapters or sections? You'll discover a completed list can become a great outline for writing your book.
9. Define a set of "waypoints" to follow. Waypoints will help you measure the progress you are making toward your destination. A goal may be your destination, but think of waypoints as markers along the path.