Many executives and entrepreneurs have wonderful ideas for a book which they intend to use to advance their business or career. But during the process of writing, they occasionally hit the brick wall known as writer’s block.
Those who haven’t studied any type of fine or creative arts erroneously think that freedom is the facilitator of the flow of ideas. In reality, the opposite is true; limitations have a fantastic way of sparking creativity.
People call any slowdowns or hinderances to the writing process “writer’s block.” There are a ba-jillion factors which can halt a writer in mid-type, from personal to professional and from internal to external forces.
Regardless of what caused you to stop writing, here are three limitations you can try out so that you can get your words flowing again.
Writing Limitation #1 – Writing Prompts
Writing prompts are a simple sentence that either asks you a question or presents a scenario for you to imagine. You simply write in response to answer the question or describe the scene.
What’s great about writing prompts is that it eliminates the need for asking “what should I write about next.” They are a great way to either “warm up” before you start working on the blog or book content you’ve planned to write that day. Alternatively, you can use writing prompts to help coax your content out of you.
Here are some business-related writing prompts you can try out. Pick one and spend about five minutes writing your response.
What event(s) inspired you to launch your business or get started in your current career?
Which client success story is the most significant to you and why?
What is the last business book that you read? What was your biggest takeaway?
What question do prospects and clients ask you the most? What’s your answer?
What is the most important business lesson you’ve ever learned?
Writing Limitation #2 – Free Writing
The name of this technique is a little deceptive. When you free write, you are welcomed to write about anything you’d like, however, you are limited by time. When freewriting, you can only write for the specified time, then stop.
The key to free writing is not to stop. You are not allowed to break and correct yourself. When freewriting, spelling doesn’t matter. Grammar doesn’t matter. Even staying on the topic doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you maintain an unbroken flow of words within the time designated. To make your session even more meaningful, pair this technique with a writing prompt as a starting point.
The benefit of free writing is that it helps you quickly conquer the dreaded blank screen. Within five to 20 minutes (the maximum suggested time for doing a productive free writing session), you will have plenty of words to work with. Like a sculptor working with clay, you will go back and clear away (aka “edit”) the un-useful parts and polish up your prose for public consumption.
You don’t want to have too long of a freewriting session because it will become too easy to lose focus and miss the intention. 10 or 15-minutes is ideal. When you have finished your time, you should physically get up from your space and take a break. If you are in the process of writing your book, use several small freewriting segments throughout your day to help you make progress.
Writing Limitation #3 – Outlining
Many people assume that because writing is a creative art, that the process should be 100% free-flowing. But although the idea may have originated in a spark of imagination, all 50,000 or so words of your book are unlikely to appear in your document that way.
Fiction and non-fiction writers make use of an outline. If you are writing a book that is designed to help people in a specific area, you will want to plan out the content of your book from the outset to ensure your ideas flow and are presented in a way that will make it easy for your reader to follow.
The more detailed you can make your outline, the better. Go beyond just the titles of your chapters; drill down and create a roadmap for each sub-topic within each. Ultimately, your outline will serve as writing prompts every time you sit down for 5 or more minutes to write.
Have you tried any of these writing techniques before or are you just now being introduced to them? I’d love to know if and how it helped your process. Feel free to leave me a comment below.
The most important words you’ll write in your book will be your title. I’ve created the ultimate “limitation tool” to help you create a title that is proven to sell your book. It’s called 20 Killer Book TitleTemplates.” Download it for free at http://writeyourbook.tips/titles.
In today’s business circles, a book is the new business card.
As an entrepreneur, executive, or established professional in your field, authoring a book makes a profound statement about your contributions to your industry.
A book can help you create a new or grow an existing business or career because it can attract more leads, sales, influence, and opportunities for you. But only can only happen if you put out a quality product in the market place.
Writing a Book Is a Series of Investments
Seasoned self and traditionally published authors know that writing a book is an investment of time and money. They (or their publisher) are usually prepared to invest in the quality of the writing, production, and promotion of their book.
Many people are aware of the need to pay for book printing, cover design, and at least having the manuscript proofread before publication. But most are unfamiliar with the concept of investing in the writing of their book before the manuscript is completed.
That’s because a lot of would-be authors assume that it is totally free to crack open their laptop and write whatever words flow through their minds. While that is technically true, you’ll want to consider getting assistance with the organization of your content and the flow of your prose, especially if writing isn’t your “thing.”
Everyone dreams of the fountain of money that will start flowing in once their book is live on Amazon.com. But the content of your book is one of the factors that will influence sales. A poorly written book will perform like a slowly dripping faucet rather than a free flowing fountain.
The reality is grammar errors, difficult readability, lack of clarity, or just poorly written pros will frustrate your reader. They will not view you in a positive light. In the end, a poorly written and presented book could actually repel the positive business building opportunities you desire and may tank your reputation before it has the chance to soar.
You should be concerned about creating a high-quality product because your book is your legacy. Your book is your representation of yourself, your brand, and your company. So don’t fall into the trap of looking for cheap services, especially if you plan to self-publish. And don’t ignore investing in the content of your book.
3 Ways to Invest In The Writing of Your Book
As I mentioned before, most people are aware of the need for an editor to help polish the manuscript before it goes to print. But there are other ways to invest in writing of your book all throughout the process.
You can work with a structural editor or writing coach (way #1) at the onset of penning your manuscript. They can help you organize your thoughts and create a roadmap for your content. You might need a copyeditor at some point as well, before working with your proofreader.
Another viable option is working with a ghostwriter (way #2). This is an ideal option for those who have a great book idea but lack the time, patience, or writing chops to bring that idea to life. If you have more time than money to invest, consider taking writing courses (way #3) at your local community college or online so that you can shore up your own writing skills.
When you select this option, be aware it might be a while before you feel ready to work on a book project. If you can afford it, investing in editors and/or a ghostwriter will help you shorten the time it will take you to make your book market ready.
What do you think about the idea of investing in the writing of your book? Have a question about it? Leave me a comment below and I’ll respond.
If you are confused by the different types of editing, you might need for your book, stay tuned. I plan on breaking that down in a future content piece. If you’d like to find out more about how I can help you in your book writing process as a ghostwriter, writing coach, or editor, feel free to book a complimentary “Needs Assessment” appointment with me.
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