I have written and published 2 books and completed 1 book-length project. I have also helped friends and clients write and publish their books.
Here is what I have learned in the process of completing high-quality long-form pieces of 10,000 words and book-length projects.
- You can’t do it in one sitting like a regular blog post
- Momentum is important without which you won’t go far and even if you do it will take a lot more time than if you have momentum
- That is why it is important to schedule multiple writing session next to each other
- To be able to do it, you need stamina. It is more important than you think it is.
- Light meals help.
- Keeping your spine erect helps.
- Hydration helps.
- Taking a walk in the open air helps.
- Sitting to write at the same time, every time helps. Less burden on your brain to figure out what you are trying to do now.
- When writing long pieces delete button is your friend. If you dwell too long before deleting what you wrote then you’ll have a hard time deleting it and completing the piece.
- All good writing is editing.
- Spend a ton of time getting the backend (outline) right if you want to a neat frontend (actual writing output, book, etc) and want to do it in less time
- It helps to wow to not get up until you get to a certain word count
- Like pair programming, pair writing is super powerful. Consider yourself lucky if you can get a good book coach. Someone who has done it herself, who is empathy, and who wants you to succeed.
- It always takes more time than you think it will.
- It makes sense to start and end at a pre-decided time expect when you are meeting a big deadline, like a book manuscript submission date. This makes sure that you won’t burn out and will have energy and focus for the next writing session.
- It helps to be a practitioner when writing a business book. Fancy as it is, to be a full-time business author, but if you are one, you’ll write a dull book.
- It will be easier if you do it a second time, but not as easy as you’d hope because by that time you would have raised your standards for yourself.
- It helps to tie your writing to a bigger goal, like telling yourself that you are doing it for business growth, building a legacy or to build a speaking career.
Have you done it yourself? Then, what else will you add to it?