Is writing your book important?

Jan 25, 2016 | Writing A Book

Are you committed to writing your book? Or are you just interested in doing it? Ken Blanchard described the difference this way.

“When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

That’s your first decision. Are you committed to doing that book? If your answer is “yes,” read on for some ideas on how to make it happen.

Act like writing your book is important

We treat things as important when we give them time and priority. Do that with your writing. Put writing sessions on your calendar before you schedule other things. Hold the time sacred. Do not reschedule your writing time for anything less important.

Schedule big enough chunks of time

You can’t do meaningful work in snatches. Schedule at least an hour of writing.

Show up ready to write

Don’t waste precious writing time figuring out what you’re going to do. Start your session knowing what you’re going to do. Make sure you have the files you need before you start. Follow the Firefighter Rule and plan your next session before you quit.

Eliminate distractions

You can’t do good work if you’re distracted. Turn off your phone and email. Close the door.

Eliminate other things that distract you. I work facing away from the window in my office. I only play instrumental music, because words distract me.

Bottom Line

If writing your book is important to your life and career then treat the project like it’s important.

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