How to Settle into a Writing Routine for Your Next Book
Have you been sitting on a book idea for many years? Could this be the year that you become a published author? Think about what that could mean for you, and for your business? Writing a book can be a simple process that requires your commitment and your time.
Once you have made the decision to start writing, you need to settle into a writing routine that works for you. Here are some tips for finding the best way to write for you:
Choose your time wisely. When are you the most productive? Are you a morning person or a night owl? It is important to allocate a certain amount of time to write, and to review your efforts from your last session. While the time you choose to do this may be in the morning, afternoon or evening, many writers choose the early morning to write as their brain is clear and their prefrontal cortex is at its optimum. According to Neuroscience, we have a limited amount of time per day to use the most effective part of our brain. This time is usually in the morning, so it’s a great idea to start writing early in the morning. If you usually wake up at 6am, try getting up an hour earlier. Settle in a comfortable place, make your favourite tea or coffee, and write.
Avoid distractions. Avoid emails, internet, phones, radio or television. Read what you wrote the previous day. Write something, even if it appears to be unrelated. This is establishing a routine and creating discipline for your writing. You may only write fifty words, but by actively and consciously carving out time for your writing, your mind will be at work and will continue to do so for the rest of the day. When ideas and material pop into your conscious mind, write them down. There will be some gold in those!
Decide for whom you are writing? Whom do you want to read your book? This is a very powerful question, and the answer is a personal one. While it is often suggested that we can target our readers, there are also times when it is the reader that chooses our book.
It is natural that writers will want to write the kind of books that they like to read, however it is advisable for you to actively answer this question. The best way to do this, is to create a reader in your mind.
Ask yourself questions about your target reader. For example, what do they look like? What are their attributes? Is your book aimed at first-time business owners? Is your book aimed at parents? Is your book aimed at a particular gender? Identify your readers’ demographics and psychographics. Once you have this picture in your mind, you are able to write to that ‘person’.
It is also possible for your book to appeal to a larger audience. This may be apparent if you are writing about self-development or spirituality. Here your reader may be a business guru or a stay at home parent. The common thread being their desire to learn and develop.
Answering this question early in the writing process will ensure that you do not lose sight of what your book is really about. Sometimes, in an attempt to cram everything on your list into your book, your book can start to feel confusing. Linking the answer to this question with your overarching theme, will be the glue that holds your book together.