So you wake up one day, sip your favorite drink and then it hits you. I want to write a book. This thought gets you curious, excited and enthusiastic. You are all set to make a positive start, then a series of questions pop in your mind looking for answers. Questions such as
- Will people read or buy my book?
- Will my book be a bestseller?
- Will I be rich and famous like J K Rowling?
1. So you want to be a book author?
When you think of writing a book the first thought that comes to your mind is how long will it take? The most difficult part of writing book is time management because it takes months or even years to write and publish a book. The process of writing book involves research, collating written pages, finding sources, adding your creativity, editing and giving final touches. And we are not even talking about the running around to meet publishing houses. All this requires strong dedication, commitment and efficiency. So let’s get to the sequence of events that usually occur.
Once you have identified when and where you will write, do a test run for a few days and see how it’s working out for you in terms of your energy, creativity, writing practice, quality. Etc. This is a good short exercise to find out Do you have what it takes to become a book author? In case you find out you are not yet ready then this blog should help you get ready.
2. What will you write?
The first step when you thought of writing a book it might have been based on a topic or a subject where you feel you have the expertise or experience. The topic can be about your life experiences or a topic that’s part of your day job or a topic about a particular industry, task, skill that you constantly hear, discuss and feel you have ideas that can help, but everyone has ideas
What makes your idea, knowledge or experience special? This is where you do the research part understanding your audience & topic in depth, read and compare other books on the same topic and ask yourselves why would someone buy or read my book? Set a target of reading and researching other books every day, don’t forget to clock time for this task as it comes in handy to see how you are doing when it comes to research activity. The focus of your topic has to be in a group or community who read, talk, discuss and understand that topic and understand their issues, challenges and constraints surrounding that topic. If you are clear about what to write it will save you lots of precious time before you actually start writing.
3. How will you find time?
Finding time to write a book depends on your professional and personal life. If you are a professional who has a day job or homemaker, or entrepreneur. The first thing you have to do is get your routine daily activities tracked, once you do this you can figure out from which activity you can save time or take out time or which activities are useless or which activities you can delegate or share with your family, friends, colleagues.
The objective is to find or squeeze out time. The most important part of time management is to understand where and how you spend time and improve it, it’s helpful to record all tasks/activities to understand your book writing journey and how you can get better. Usually, when you think of a task/activity you feel “No I don’t think I am spending so much time on that” But when you track and sum up the minutes, hours, days, weeks the data will be shocking. It’s like those few dollars which you spend every day without realising it’s burning a hole in your pocket every month. but when you calculate in a month. It doesn’t matter whether you are a panster or plotter, in either case finding and tracking the time is the key to success.
4.The journey of writing book
We have the same time as everyone else. 60 seconds each minute, 60 minutes each hour, 24 hours each day, 168 hours each week, 8,760 hours each year. If you allocate certain hours in doing any task related to book writing each day for a year that’s sufficient time to write a book.
Track your daily and weekly hours and use it to determine how many hours more you can devote to writing a book. It takes time to get used to this process, but once you do you’ll recognise the power you have to gain control over time by seeing historical data on tasks.
- Research – Reading on Books, Articles.
- Audience – Search, Interviews, Discussions.
- Writing – Practicing writing, Writing time etc
- Editing – Editing content, Proofreading etc
- Publishing – Budgeting, Cover designer, etc
There are tasks like research, reading, writing, interviews, meetings that are mostly to track your speed, skills, creativity, abilities, performance by book or topic and there are tasks that can track the economics when you add an expense for tasks such as stationeries, cover design, proof reading, ghost writer, publishing costs and what’s more you can set an hourly price for your writing to see how you fare when it comes to being a professional writer & determine you fees for writing books, articles, reports etc. This might sound like a weird scientific experiment that you never did but Tracking all of this gives an overview on your income, expense, profit & areas of improvement.
The way books are written earlier and now has changed in many ways, every author has own way of researching, thinking and writing. This change might be for good for book authors to manage time, be productive, efficient to become the next great book author.
If you start tracking time for your book, blog or report then share your experience with us. We would love to share your experience with the world as a case study & inspiration.