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Knock Down the Three Biggest Stumbling Blocks to Writing a Book

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  • Certainly very good piece of advice. But opposite to Hemmingway, I mostly write ... at night, when everyone's asleep and you can write as much as needed with soft lights and soft music in the background.
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Knock Down the Three Biggest Stumbling Blocks to Writing a Book

  1. 1. Debbie Weil Book & Writing Coach Publisher of Voxie Media Big Ideas. Short Books.™ Knock Down the ThreeKnock Down the Three Biggest Stumbling BlocksBiggest Stumbling Blocks to Writing a Bookto Writing a Book
  2. 2. 1. No time to write 2. Not knowing the WHAT or WHY of your book 3. Don’t know how to organize Three BiggestThree Biggest Stumbling BlocksStumbling Blocks……
  3. 3. Just start… The #1 SecretThe #1 Secret to Writing a Bookto Writing a Book
  4. 4. Write daily 1st thing in the AM Try free writing #1: No Time to Write#1: No Time to Write
  5. 5. Hemingway’s Writing Secret Interviewer: When do you work? Do you keep to a strict schedule? From a 1958 interview in the Paris Review “When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there.”
  6. 6. Set Concrete Goals You can write 10K words in 19 days, if you write 526 words a day At right, Scrivener’s Project Target widget. Scrivener is writing software that many authors swear by. #1: No Time to Write#1: No Time to Write
  7. 7. Write a sh*tty first draft Bad leads to good Hold the self-criticism Pencil image courtesy of Laurie FoleyPencil image courtesy of Laurie Foley #1: No Time to Write#1: No Time to Write
  8. 8. Anne Lamott on the Shitty First Draft Quote from Anne Lamott’s classic book on writing: Bird By Bird. ”The shitty first draft… All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.“
  9. 9. Challenge your assumptions Perfect conditions? How short can your eBook be? (10,000 words is about 40 pages) #1: No Time to Write#1: No Time to Write
  10. 10. What questions are your clients or customers asking? How can you help your reader solve a problem? Where do your passion and expertise intersect with what your readers want? #2: Know Your WHAT &#2: Know Your WHAT & WHYWHY
  11. 11. What is your book ABOUT for you? Your goal could be speaking engagements. What is your book ABOUT from your reader’s perspective? #2: Know Your WHAT &#2: Know Your WHAT & WHYWHY
  12. 12. Put your reader first. If your book is about public speaking, the WHY for your reader is that you will help her overcome an obstacle (FEAR) and Make a Dream Come True #2: Know your WHAT & WHY#2: Know your WHAT & WHY
  13. 13. #3: Ways to Organize Your#3: Ways to Organize Your BookBook Try theTry the clotheslineclothesline method.method. Drop yourDrop your ideas into fiveideas into five buckets ofbuckets of content.content.
  14. 14. #3: Ways to Organize Your#3: Ways to Organize Your BookBook First, try mindFirst, try mind mapping.mapping. Use a giantUse a giant white board.white board. Do this withDo this with an editor oran editor or coach orcoach or colleague.colleague.
  15. 15. Repackage a speech, workshop, or webinar into a first draft Set up interviews with experts and record them. Transcribe. #3: Ways to Organize Your#3: Ways to Organize Your BookBook
  16. 16. Different formulas for a business book: Collection of blog posts Linked essays (with a unifying intro) Chronology (month by month) Business novella (parable or story) Numbered list (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) #3: Ways to Organize Your#3: Ways to Organize Your BookBook
  17. 17. It’s more doable It’s more readable Takes advantage of Kindle publishing Why the emphasis onWhy the emphasis on a short book?a short book?
  18. 18. Will my book make money? Your book is part of a bigger business model Value of you’re a “Published Author” now Repackage your book into a speech or workshop Think in terms of a series of short eBooks Question I get asked aQuestion I get asked a lotlot
  19. 19. Debbie Weil is an author, a book coach, and a publisher. She now lives on the coast of Maine and in Brooklyn, New York after 31 years in Washington D.C. She and her physician husband decided to take a “Gap Year After Sixty” in 2013. They left D.C., moved to Stonington, Maine and set about reinventing themselves in a small town. The reinvention continues… Debbie gives live writing workshops in Maine and in New York. She also does private book coaching, working one-on-one with authors via Skype. She is passionate about helping authors journey over the mountain from Big Idea (often stuck in your head) to words on the page and, finally, a book. Her company, Voxie Media, is a boutique publishing company that helps authors turn their completed manuscripts into beautiful books, both print and in digital form. Debbie is a former journalist. She launched her first Web site in 1995, and was named one of Washington D.C.’s Top Tech Titans a few years ago. She is the author of The Corporate Blogging Book, one of the first books about business blogging. The updated edition is on Kindle. More at http://voxiemedia.com About DebbieAbout Debbie
  20. 20. email: debbie@voxiemedia.com website: http://voxiemedia.com coming soon! http://writewithdebbie.com Contact DebbieContact Debbie