Thinking about how to start writing a book, but aren’t sure where to start?
DO NOT attempt to do it until you have answered all of the questions on this checklist. One of the reasons that so many people never finish their book is because they did not properly plan it out.
Think about it…
By planning out your book properly BEFORE you start it can save you time, money, effort and prevent you from hitting a wall after writing your first 3 pages.
If you are really, really really serious about starting to write a book, you need to read this blog.
By taking the ten minutes to read this, it will save you hours of frustrations from poor planning.
If you want, just skip down to the checklist at the end and print it out or keep reading for all of the details in the fine print.
Here is your 5 step checklist on how to start a book.
You have to be passionate about your subject to be able to write an entire book on it. You must believe in it.
Your passion for writing is your desire. It is your need to get your information into other hands because you care about it. Why do you want to write a book?
One of the best definitions of a writer is, “A person who cannot not write.” Ask yourself these questions.
If you are not passionate about what you write about, it will be much harder for you to write your book. One of your main goals should be to write something that you are proud of. You will be much prouder of your work when you start your story with passion.
Your target market consists of the people that you think your book will appeal to. These are the people that will benefit most from your book. For example, if you are writing a book about training dogs, the motivations for people to buy you product will most likely be pet owners.
Why will your book appeal to them? Answer these questions about your ideal reader to define your target market.
If you are writing a book about training a dog, for example, the hopes and dreams of the reader may be to potty train their dog.
Their fear may be that their dog will never be trained or learn how to sit and that they will fail.
They are motivated to train their pet by the hopes that they will be successful. They desire to succeed in training a pet of their own.
Your readers may be interested in gaining more information about training their dogs.
Your book will solve the reader’s problem of training their dog by addressing all of these issues and solving them for the reader.
That is how you define you exact target market…
Write your book from the perspective of this reader.
Demographics are important to know when planning your book out because it will help define your voice throughout the story.
Demographics are statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it. Identifying your demographics and your potential readers will help you further drill down into what readers you really want to target. If you are writing a children’s book, your demographic will be much different than if you were writing a book on marketing and sales.
Ask yourself these questions when identifying the demographics of your readers.
Continuously expand your knowledge on the subject of your book. Buy, read, and find out everything you can about other authors, books or articles dealing with your same subject.
The answer to this question is simple…
You want your book to be different and more up to date than any other books on the market. This is what is going to make for a great book that sells more copies. There are many books on every subject out there. Your book has to stand out.
But, how do you do this?
Let me tell you…
In order to make your book stand out, it must have at least three different ways it is superior to others in the field. Ask yourself…
How is your book going to be superior to others in your area?
Then answer the question with 3 unique ways that it will. If you are writing a book about public speaking, what 3 things make your book different from other public speaking books? Perhaps you have a technique that you use that nobody else knows about. Maybe you have found the secret to deliver your speech shorter and faster than anyone else.
All of these things make your book unique to others.
Once you have answered all of these questions, you will need to gather all of your research that you will need to write your book. Plan your book, do your research and homework before you start to write.
When you begin to gather information, you want to answer these questions.
Once you have all of the answers to these questions, you will be able to begin writing your book.
I am able to write 5 books a year because I plan out every detail before I begin writing. This is my tried and true technique of making sure I have everything I need before I begin.
Before you begin writing your book, ask yourself these questions …