Think about the last time you browsed the aisles in a bookstore. Picture yourself finding that one book that caught your eye. You reach your hand out, lift it off the shelf, and then glance at the cover. Next, you turn the book around, read the back copy and then open the book. If it’s nonfiction, you turn right to the table of contents and do another quick scan down the page. By now you have a good idea what the book’s about and if you want to buy it.
What does this have to do with creating an outline for your book? Everything you did in that single minute is exactly what you need to focus on when you’re outlining your nonfiction book.
You’ve finally decided to write that book you can’t stop thinking about. The one problem is finding the time to write. There is no one size fits all to move past this roadblock that all writers face, but there are a few steps you can take to overcome this setback.
When I wrote my first book, I did it while working a full-time job and having a full schedule of classes. I didn’t follow any of these steps, and it took me forever to finish that book. Now I know better. I’ve studied, learned, and discovered that writing a book is a process, and to get to that finish line, you have to take the necessary steps that will get you there.
You have a message you want to get out and share with the world. You know your story can impact people’s lives, so by not writing the book that you’ve been thinking about, you’re not allowing others to discover your message. How would you feel going to sleep at night knowing you changed someone’s life? How would you feel going to sleep at night knowing you deprived someone of your knowledge, that one piece of advice that could make their life better or easier?
Everyone has a book in them, but not everyone will write that book. What’s stopping you?
Take a step to the side and get out of your way because your readers are waiting to hear from you.
Part 1: First-Time Author Book Writing Series
Why would you want to write a book? Especially if you’re not a seasoned author or a professional writer. The good news is you don’t have to be an author or even a professional writer to write a book. Here are a few ways writing a book can help take your career to the next level.
Become the Known Expert in Your Field
Most people revere a person who has written a book. Authors are viewed as an authority figure and an expert in their field. Someone who has enough extensive knowledge and experience to put down on paper, and successfully sell it, must therefore be an expert. Especially if people are willing to pay for that knowledge.
How do you view anyone who has written a book? Do you see them as experts in the field they’ve written about? In most cases, the answer would probably be yes. And the result of such is a passive way to obtain new clients for years to come.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said, “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
We all face failure at some point in our lives and it’s not easy. It stings, it makes us second guess the road we’re on, and it can even make us give up entirely. But if we know how to look at it, failure can be a good thing. It is bound to come up along the road to success, so you need to prepare yourself for it and get ready to learn from it.