Do you have a dream or possible goal to write a book? I know if you asked me that question five years ago I would have told you “NO”.
Some individuals have had a dream of being an author since childhood. Well, I’ve never had that dream and somehow life opened the door for me to write a book.
How to write a book while working a job can seem daunting.
Stephen King said, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
I can completely resonate with this. Here I was telling myself I could write a book, yet I did not have any experience writing. In fact, I had a manager who would consistently criticize how I wrote emails and other types of communication. This stigma placed on myself scared me even before I started.
Writing a book while working a day job takes several things if you truly want to see if through, whether it be an e-book, soft cover, hard cover or electronic book.
How to write a book starts within the mind.
There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you begin writing. These questions include:
What is my purpose from writing a book?
What is driving me to write a book?
If I do not finish my book, how will I feel?
What sacrifices will I make to write the book?
Take time to write down your responses to these questions given how you respond, frames your mindset before you start the process.
The mind is a powerful engine, which if mastered properly, can propel you forward in your writing journey.
I know when I started the journey of writing my first chapter, I believed inside my mind I could write a book.
There are several things you can do to influence and train your mind.
What information are you putting into your mind? Visually and auditory.
What type of affirmations are you saying out loud?
These are short messages your subconscious mind consistently hears and will go to work to help you prove your statement.
Here is an affirmation you can use: “I used to believe I could never write a book and now I am a published author.”
This affirmation states what you believed and the key word in the phrase is NOW. Saying this affirmation daily several times a day will begin to train your mind for the journey of writing.
How to write a book takes a plan.
Now to be honest with you, I didn’t have a plan when I first started writing. I just starting writing and the doors began to open and I found my friend and coach Kary Oberbrunner.
After I had written my manuscript I found the plan from Kary which is a book proposal. I had never heard of a book proposal and immediately found myself writing the book proposal and then reworking my entire manuscript.
The book proposal is the blueprint to build the house, in this case your book. I was building a book without a blueprint and I basically had to start over. You can save yourself time if you start with a book proposal, trust me!
With a plan, you need to ensure you schedule writing time on your calendar. Given you are working a job, just telling yourself you will write each day is not good enough. You need to schedule blocks of time on your calendar and decide what time of the day is the best for you to write.
I know for me, my best writing time occurs in the morning and not at night. After a long day on my job and then preparing to write in the evenings, I found I was not productive. Know what times of the day you will write and block the times on your calendar. This is a must!
How to write a book takes sacrifice.
Writing a book while working full time job requires you to prioritize and make sacrifices. Only you can define what those are for you. If you are willing to make some sacrifices for a season of your book voyage, you will be able to write your book.
Napoleon Hill said, “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
Identify what sacrifices you need to do, to ensure you follow the plan through the completion of your book.
I had to make sacrifices while working my day job, which allowed me to publish my first book in January of 2017.
In a recent podcast on Entrepreneur Decoded, I discussed what is needed to write a book, which you can listen to at Podcast.
If you’d like a general understanding of how to start writing your book, check out My Book Blueprint.
If you would to gain a deeper understanding on the book industry and the writing process, I’d recommend this How To Become An Author.
Know you can write a book while having a day job, by implementing the plan mentioned above and following the steps outlined in My Book Blueprint or How to Become An Author.
So, what book do you have inside you? I’d love for you to let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.