One question I am often asked is, “How do I write a book?”, the answer to which can be quite long and involved.
In fact, I offer a membership program – Write-A-Book Club – which is dedicated to helping aspiring authors to write and publish their books because there is no possible way to answer that question in one conversation.
When a friend messaged me recently to ask me if I could offer her any guidance as she embarked on her own book-writing adventure, I offered her my best advice on how to set herself up for success.
There are a lot of books out there, and while I think there are not enough, it helps to approach this from the right space so you can have the biggest possible impact in return for the time and energy you are going to invest.
The following 5 things will help you write a good nonfiction book and have a successful publishing experience.
You just have to remember to WRITE
- W stands for Wisdom. You need to have some sort of knowledge or expertise that people will want to know more about. You also need to be passionate about sharing your wisdom and be willing to be vulnerable.
- R stands for Reader. You need to know who you are writing to and have a good understanding of what they are dealing with and what they are looking for so that you can write to them as if you were writing a letter.
- I stands for Intention. Be clear about the message you want to convey through your book and let that be your guiding light as you write your book.
- T stands for Transformation. Understand that the best nonficiton books are transformational. How will you use your book to transform the lives of your readers? Know what your point of difference is and why your reader needs to read your book as opposed to someone else’s book on the same topic.
- E stands for Execute. Create a plan to write your book and execute it. Schedule it in to your calendar and show up to write. Invest in the skills you need. Get the right help. Make it happen. Otherwise all that life-changing, inspirational wisdom you have will never make into a book and into your hands, let alone into the hands of those who really need to hear from you.
Let me know if you find this helpful, and if you have other questions you would like answered, comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.