Advice from the Masters: Louise Wiles

Jul 26, 2017 | Writing A Book

Louise Wiles is the co-author of Thriving Abroad: The definitive guide to professional and personal relocation success. Readers are likely to think that writing the book was easy. After all, Louise lived what she was writing about. Well, it wasn’t easy. It never is.

Here’s a bit of advice, ripped from Episode 68 of The Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast.

“I would say just get it to that first draft stage as quickly as possible. And however ugly or unfinished it feels, just get there because then once you’ve got the completed book in your hand, then you can start looking at it and thinking, “Okay, what needs to change?” And also, invite feedback along the way, but also, at that point, get more feedback and work from then. I think it … We’ve already talked about this, but we can talk ourselves out of it more than we can talk ourselves in, I think, a lot of the time and create doubt and uncertainty about the content. The only way to confirm in our minds that the content is right is by getting feedback, but in order to do that, you’ve got to have a complete book in your hand. So yeah, just get that first draft out.”

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