You’ve decided to write a book. That’s great. You know what you want to write about. That’s great, too. Now all you have to do is write it.
That’s where the project ends for a lot of people. Here are three deadly phrases that will kill your book project slowly. Use them at your peril.
“Someday.” Someday never comes. You need to lay out a plan for how and when you’re going to write or it just won’t happen.
“As soon as.” That phrase means that you’re waiting for just the right time. “The right time” is like “someday.” It never comes, either. If now is not the right time to write your book, don’t use the “as soon as” phrase. Instead, set a specific time to review your situation and decide if the time is right then.
“Work it in.” No matter what you think, you won’t “work it in” to your already jam-packed schedule. If writing a book is important, then you need to schedule your work on it before you schedule less important activities.
Writing a book is serious work. Treat it that way.
Special thanks to Susan Finerty, whose work plan for her next book inspired this post.