This may not look like a standard checklist because I decided to incorporate my thoughts on writing a book in this section. Well, here are some stress-free writing tips to help you write a book, eBook, blog, article, etc. Every tip should have some kind of impact on the success of your writing. Hopefully, you find a few useful nuggets from my own experience as an author of more than 10 books, articles, blogs, and more.
____ Write daily. Write as much as possible, as quickly as can, but with some level of detail. The purpose of this writing formula is to write anything down that comes to mind. Writing quickly keeps your thoughts flowing and your memory jogging!
____ Keep thoughts and ideas always flowing. You can always review and rewrite later. It’s better to have more content than you need, which is why you should keep it simple. Just sit down and write.
____ Start writing with where you are at a given moment, not where you want to be or how you expect to end up. Stay in the present.
____ Write 1-3 hours per day and continue writing on the weekend (3-10 hours) or even more. This may require some self-discipline, but the more you write, the more you can write.
____ Never go to bed without writing something even it it’s only one page or 10 minutes. Ernest Hemingway wrote, “There’s nothing to writing; all you do is sit down and bleed.” Now, I know he didn’t mean that literally, but write something!
____ Imagine yourself telling a story to someone. Write narratively; write how you talk. This will depend, of course, on the subject matter. If you’re writing a technical piece, write what you know. You’ll have plenty of time to research and/or rewrite later.
____ If you carry around a Notebook, mobile device, or mini-laptop, then you can keep notes in there as they come to you. Or, get in the habit of carrying at least a small note pad so you can jot down ideas as they occur because you know you’ll forget them.
____ When writing, avoid outside contact. Turn the phone over to voice mail, shut off the radio, etc. This is a period of deep concentration. For some, music makes the whole process that much better. Avoid distractions, obviously, but establish an environment that stimulates your creative juices.
____ Look around you for resources to help you such as libraries, bookstores, museums, meetings, etc. The more you read, the better writer you become.
____ You’ve no doubt heard that everyone has a book inside of him/her. The challenge for any writer is to pull it out of you and put it on paper. It’s a challenging, vulnerable journey for most; rewarding for many.
____ Writing a book gives you a certain level of credibility, believability, and validation. You become somewhat of an expert on the topic you wrote about whether it’s fiction, business, history, etc. Writing can be a great marketing tool when your content needs to be convincing, strategic, inspirational, and more.