Plan your non fiction book #9 – do nothing

Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

Yesterday I asked what is your your vision for your book?

Do nothing

Today I just want to ask you to do nothing.

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Write because you can take time off to do nothing.  And that's ok.That’s it, nothing, nada, zilch.

It is hard isn’t it to do nothing? But unless you give yourself space and me time, you mind will get congested. A stuck and constipated mind is the enemy of the writer. So give yourself permission to not write or plan or do anything to do with your book.

Tomorrow when you wake get out your journal and ask ‘what is the vision for my book now?’

Leave a comment because I want to know.

Remember to scribble thoughts and ideas as they come to you. Keep them safe we will be looking more at vision over the next few days.

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Plan your non fiction book #8 – creating a vision

What is your vision for your book?

Today I am skipping ahead and looking at creating a vision. Often when someone decides to write a book, they get an idea for now, for this moment. My advice would be to write a book that fits in with your vision of the future.

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It’s the start of a new year and a time when lots of people are setting goals and deciding where they want to be this time next year. Well, what about the year after? If you were to tell me what you are known for today what would it be?

Write because you have the courage to dare to dream of how your book will inspire others to dare to dream.Now ask – what do I want to be known for in 2 years time?

Look out to the future and try and imagine what your life and business would look like.

What kind of book would support that wonderful vision?

As you wander around your day, notice things, get in touch with your feelings, what are people asking you about, what makes you feel great? These are the things that will inspire your vision.

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That’s it, that’s all I want you to do today is imagine the future. Ask what book would support you?

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

Plan your non fiction book #7 – What is your why #2

Why do you want to write a book?

This is our next look at why.

Plan your non fiction book #5 – Why do you want to write a book? Introduced why

Plan your non fiction book #6 – What is your why #1 Asked you to consider your why and so what’s.

This article asks you to take a deeper look at your why.

One of the best people I know to explain – what is your why, is Simon Sinex, Author of Start with Why

This video is 18 minutes long and is well worth watching.

Simon says ‘“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” ‘

People don’t buy ‘what’ they buy ‘why’

Write because you know how your WHY will inspire others.People (you and I) care only about themselves when it comes to buying (and probably most things in life). That is not to say we are all selfish, uncaring beings, what it means is that we do things for emotional reasons. Every act fulfills an emotional need. Some of which will be great and others not so.

Look at the last book that you bought, why did you buy it? Was it free? Did you have to to buy it for a course? Did someone tell you it was a great book? Did you need something in a particular book to make you feel a certain way? What about acquiring new knowledge that would help you in some way?

The part of the brain which controls this is called the Limbic system. When it comes to learning, short-term and long-term memory and memories of your life experiences the Limbic system is critical. In Plan your non fiction book #3 – planning and your brain, I talked about brain plasticity (the last book I bought was about this subject). Getting connected to your why will help you and your brain to grow. Not only that imagine others who emotionally connect to your why and buy your book because they believe in YOUR WHY – how powerful is that?

I bought two books that came recommended, about brain plasticity, because I want to learn more about how I can keep my brain growing – very important as you get older. And I want to understand more about how to help my clients write their books. I get a wonderful feeling when I can understand someone better and can support them to get over being stuck, for example.

Words emotionally bind people to each other

Do you believe that writing a book is a left or right brained activity? I believe it to be something which uses your whole brain. Sometimes creative, logical, big picture, detail and many more things. As you plan, write or edit many different parts of the brain are being used, some parts of the brain will be more in charge of some tasks than others, but essentially all tasks whiz between all parts. This amazing grey lump will help you to get your ‘why’ out in a book, because words put in a certain order, aka your stories emotionally connect people. Language makes things easier to understand and when you pour the language of what inspires (your WHY) you into your book, it will inspire others.

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Knowing that your words have the power to change you and a vast world beyond you should grab you by the short and curlies. It should make you want to watch this video and get really in touch with your why – before you put pen to paper.

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

Plan your non fiction book #6 – What is your why #1

Why do you want to write a book?

The five ‘why’s’ or the five ‘so what’s’?

A great way to get deep to the heart of your book is to ask the five ‘why’s’ or the five ‘so what’s’. The trick here is to ask ‘why’ or ‘so what’ and then ask it again, until you have clarity. Ask your five ‘why’s’ or ‘so what’s’.

what is your why?

 

Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

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Plan your non fiction book #5 – Why do you want to write a book?

Why do you want to write a book?

When you have clarity, you can define where you are heading with your writing. In finding out about ourselves, we start to gain clarity of purpose. What you are passionate about, and the purpose of your writing goes hand in hand. Your readers will have expectations. Your role as a writer is to make sure those expectations are met, while at the same time fulfilling the purpose of your writing. Getting clear on your “why” will help you to gain this clarity.

Don't think, why am I bothering. Think maybe writing my book is something I just have to do.Today a business book adds an extra dimension to your credibility as an expert. It allows you to demonstrate your expertise, skills, knowledge, experiences and passion. A business book
can support your workshops, help you to develop other products and services and be used as a highly effective marketing tool.

The business benefits to you could include a raised profile, more speaking engagements, opportunities to collaborate with others and options for you to productise your book into online programs. Imagine seeing your voice, thoughts, ideas, concepts and words in print.

When you are writing a book for your business, you will tap into parts of yourself that you may not have considered.

Your ‘why’ questions

Ask yourself why five times. Each time you answer, ask why.

Then do the same thing by asking ‘so what’, five times.

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Your ‘what’ questions

  • What will it give you?
  • What wont it give you?
  • What would be the best thing about writing and publishing your book?
  • What would be the worst thing about not writing and publishing your book?

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

 

Plan your non fiction book #4 – Your end to end book plan

Today I am sharing an end to end (suggested) becoming a published author roadmap

Your roadmap

We are jumping ahead slightly, but I wanted to share with you a suggested roadmap whilst you are thinking about planning.

Writing is all about the journey. As you write, edit and publish you will grow

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Your roadmap is a set of step-by-step instructions that will take you from A to outcome. A road map is your project plan, and, if you use it, you will stay on track.

Your actions

  • Read through the roadmap and start to consider when you will publish your first or next book
  • Put that date in your diary
  • Put notification dates in your diary to remind you of your various steps

Now take steps make sure it happens.

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

 

 

Plan your non fiction book #2 – book planning hints and tips (video and worksheets)

Aspects of planning, writing and editing your book will be easier for some than others because we all have preferences for the way in which we think, learn and do. Yesterday I asked you what kind of planner you were.

To recap ‘Our way of thinking feel a ‘natural’ part of us. As you stop to consider this, you may realise that you are unaware of these non-conscious patterns. When you recognise them you will be amazed at how you can turn your projects around. You can easily learn to recognise them through your language and behaviour.’

Book projects fail,  simply because people do not know why they get into overwhelm or lose the motivation to write. It’s all down to your preferences.

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress-free, and once you know about your preferences

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

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Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend has been written to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simply and stress-free

Through these blogs I am going to help you create your book, and I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

What kind of a planner are you?

The key to getting your book started (and finished) starts with a good plan. By creating a comprehensive and workable plan, the rest, as they say, will follow.

  • By planning, it makes writing your book easier
  • With a plan, you are more likely to publish your book
  • Planning will help you stay on track

About you as the planner, writer and editor

Have you ever stopped to consider how you like to learn, what steps you take in getting things done, why you work the way that you do?

In order to be more productive and effective, you need to understand yourself and the habits or patterns you have formed. These will be quite telling.

When working with you as a book coach, my job is to get the best out of you and to do that, I have to understand your learning and thinking style. When I ‘get you’ I can plan individual strategies to ensure that you get yours books planned, written and published.

It is vital that when you begin to plan and write your book, you understand your preferences, as this will help you not only get started, but also to actually finish and get published.

Our ways of thinking feel a ‘natural’ part of us. You may be unaware of these non-conscious patterns until you learn to recognise them. You can learn to recognise them through your language and behaviour. This is often why book projects fail – people simply do not know why they may get into overwhelm or lose the motivation to write. It’s all down to your preferences.

Having a preference for a particular pattern of behaviour can be very beneficial when that pattern is useful in a particular context. On the other hand, you might find it difficult to adapt your behaviour, even when that way of doing something could be more beneficial. Consider how being more flexible with your thinking and behaviour may lead to more productive outcomes.

Are you most comfortable, planning, writing or editing?

I ask this because aspects of planning, writing and editing your book will be easier for some than others. I am often gently ‘berated’ by my copy editor / proof reader Pat who I have given permission to tell me as it is. I believe it is important to recognise what you are good at, try to flex your style and leave what you can’t or don’t want to do, to ‘the’ experts.

Ask yourself a few questions:

When you go on a journey do you: –

  • Ask a friend for directions?
  • Plan the route?
  • Use a printed map and/or your sat nav?
  • Just head in the general direction, you know that you will get there

When you have something new, do you: –

  • Read the instructions first?
  • Head to YouTube to watch how someone else does it?
  • Ask for help?
  • Just have a go (you are the ones with the left over screws)?

When you learn something new, do you: –

  • Watch and learn, before you do?
  • Talk it through with someone first?
  • Read it through, think about it for a while, and then have a go?
  • Just jump in and try?

You see, we are all different and there are reasons why some bits are easier than others. The point is, learn why you do what you do, try to flex your style or adapt the way you do things and ask for help. Everyone has to learn how to flex their planning style to get his or her book written and get to know and love their writing style in order to engage and communicate with people who are not like them.

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