Writing a acim authors commitment, focus and time. It can seem overwhelming, but there are easy structures, organization and systems (S.O.S.) you can put in place to take you and your extraordinary book from just begun to happy and done. In this article, we’ll review three of those.
Many of the healers, coaches and change agents I support know how writing a book will help them: greater visibility and credibility. That, of course, means an expanded reach – the ability to help more people and be rewarded at a higher level for your service. Most of the clients I work with in my book strategy sessions and book development coaching get stuck in organizing their ideas, developing the structure of their book and staying on track and in flow.
The key is to approach writing your book with a clear plan and to have support in place so you don’t stay stuck. Your book will get done and, before you know it, you will be enjoying the sweet rewards
Here are three simple steps to get moving now on your extraordinary book:
1) Talk It Out
Speaking about a topic is often easier for coaches than sitting down to write. Instead of jumping to pen and paper, talk it through. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite beverage. Now, imagine a client or someone who needs to hear your message sitting with you. Have a conversation.
Record yourself and then listen back and take notes, adding other thoughts that come. One tip: record presentations and interviews – even the basics from client calls – and then compile them in a single document. If you are like many coaches, this alone will provide you with a content draft for your book.
2) Blog Your Book
Do you have a blog? Do you write articles or share your thought in a newsletter? Gather up all of these gems and schedule some time for an organization party. Dust off those files and extract information – tips, client success stories, tools and resources – that can bring your extraordinary book to life. If organizing all at once is too much or feels like a chore, break this task up into 10-minute increments a couple of times a day or week. Use computer folders or a binder with dividers to collect loose strands and begin to bring it all together.
3) Present Your Ideas
If you are an avid speaker and do many presentations, turn to those presentation slides and speaking notes to organize content and get your book moving forward. If you are a visual thinker and like to work with your hands, make a vision board to represent what you most want to say through your book. Place this near your writing space to inspire you as you take you and your book from just begun to happy and done.