I can’t tell you how many people I talk with who tell me they have an idea for a book, but can’t seem to get the manuscript finished. That’s not surprising because it’s easy to come up with an idea for book. It is even easy to start writing a book. The challenge with being an author is writing to the finish or completing the manuscript. I have talked to hundreds of authors and most would agree it takes a significant commitment and discipline to get a book done.
If you’re comptemplating writing a book or if you are in the midst of a manuscript, these tips will help.
1. Set a date when you want to have the book in your hands and on the market. That means you may have to create an event like a book signing or book launch party. However, without a deadline, you may never get the manuscript finished.
2. Decide when is the best time of day to write and put an appointment on your calendar. For most people, there is a time in the day when they are most productive. In fact, one author told me he can get more done writing between 7:30 and 9:00 am in the morning then he can writing for four hours later in the day. Pay attention to when you write best and target that time each day.
3. Make yourself accountable to someone for your end date and plan to get done. You may one of those rare people who is disciplined enough to keep a schedule once you set it, but for most of us, we need to have someone who prompts us and encourages to stay the course.
Although none of these tips are probably that surprising, following them is often the difference between having an idea in your head instead of a book in your hand.