Hello! I’m Brian Tracy
and today I want to talk to you about
how to start writing your book by setting goals.
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The hardest part of writing a book
is always the first two pages.
No matter how strong your motivation
or how compelling the topic,
motivating yourself to start is a huge task.
If you’re struggling to
overcome your fear of writing a book,
the simplest way to get past this hesitation
is to break the writing process
down into a series of small objectives.
You can then focus on the goals that come first,
gradually working your way up to more advanced objectives.
While your specific goals will vary
based on what you’re writing about,
almost all authors
can benefit from setting certain objectives,
such as this,
if you’re wondering how to start writing your book,
the first step must be to gain a clear idea
of whom it is intended for.
Only when you have defined the likely reader
will you be able to write in a way
that they find compelling.
Remember a written book is a solution to a problem.
It’s something that enhances the life of the reader
and makes them happier to
improves their life or work in some way,
even if it just entertains them.
But you must be clear what it is.
Based on the topic of your book,
ask what would motivate someone to buy and read it.
This will help you to get into the mind of likely readers
and write in a way that
engages such individuals more effectively.
Once you’ve figured out the readers’ motivation,
consider what sort of background
someone with that motivation might have.
If you’re writing a book
about your experience improving your health,
for example, likely readers might be people
who have tried to lose weight and quit smoking or
achieve other healthy but difficult goals.
Consider the reading habits of your likely audience.
Will these people want to read the book cover to cover
or will they read portions of the book
and keep it for reference.
Are you talking about a fiction book or a nonfiction book?
How you answer this question will help to determine
both your style of writing
and how you organize your material?
The better you are at defining your market at the outset,
the easier it is to produce a work that
will appeal to the people most likely to benefit from it.
Even if you already know
exactly what you want to write about,
you have to be able to distill that idea
into individual points that are easy to understand.
The simplest way to do this
is to come up with two or three core concepts.
Sometimes, one idea is enough.
This should give you enough detail
to expand into a full book
while remaining simple enough
that you do not have trouble including all concepts
in a concise effective way.
Let me give you an example.
I have written and published 86 books
and one of the most prolific authors, I think in history
and I started off with one book and one publisher
and the publisher sent me a list of questions
and said you have to
answer these questions in your proposal
and only then will we decide whether we’re interested.
And the questions were basically what is the book about
and who is it for,
and what benefits will the reader get,
and who what other books have been written
on the same subject,
and how is your book different and superior to those other books,
and what are the ideas you have that make it unique
and superior to anything else.
So, they asked me all of these questions
which you ask and answer
in producing or offering any new product or service.
And I had to answer them clearly.
And if you don’t answer them clearly,
they will say we’re not interested.
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Because remember, publishing a book is a business.
It costs a lot of money.
It costs 50 to 100 thousand dollars for a publisher
to say yes, they’ll publish your book
and that’s before they sell anything.
So you they’ve got to be convinced that
they’re going to make money from this book
and the only way they’ll make money is if people buy it
and read it and tell other people to read it as well.
So say you’re writing a book
that will help readers found and run their own business.
Consider all the advice you plan to offer readers
and then distill that advice into overarching concepts.
Pieces of advice like, pursue all sales,
large and small, or reduce costs, whenever you can,
even if the savings are minor,
could be combined into a concept,
like take advantage of small victories.
Likewise, if you offer advice
like higher on trustworthiness over intelligence,
or conduct background checks for all new employees,
you might synthesize it as
put together a team you can trust.
Core concepts will guide you while writing.
They make it easier to tell
what information has to be included in the book
as well as how that information can be organized.
Putting together an outline at the start of the writing process
is like putting together a blue frame
before you start building a home.
It will prevent you from having to
rethink and rewrite the book.
It also lets you be more confident about your ideas
so that you can write quickly and effectively from the beginning.
To create an outline,
first, decide the order in which
you want to address each core concept.
Then flesh out these concepts,
listing all the points you have to include to
illustrate and defend each of them.
Finally, figure out how each of those points relate to each other
and the order in which to make them.
Then, follow the outline while you write.
Making sure to include every piece of information
unless you find a clear reason to leave it out.
When I write a book,
what I do is I write and I use 7, 12 or 21.
Now, I have often written books that have ten chapters,
but mostly at seven, twelve or twenty-one.
So, the first thing I do is I write down
the chapter titles, the headings, the subjects.
And then, I organize them what would come first,
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what would come second and so on.
And then, I start to organize the material
that would be in each chapter.
Sometimes I will start off with 25 chapter titles
or even one case I had 36 chapter titles.
And what I did is
I found I could consolidate and consolidate and
consolidate and boil it down to 12,
then consolidate that and then
put the 12 in a particular order.
And you can do the same thing as well.
Have you addressed common publishing questions, like
who is this book for or what are my core ideas?
The final step is to
come up with a timetable for your writing.
Consider roughly how long it will take you to accomplish
each item on your outline?
And then assign a date for
when you intend to have that item finished.
While you may not stick exactly to the schedule,
it will help you to figure out
whether you’re ahead or behind
and stay on task throughout the writing process.
So before we wrap up,
I’d like to leave you with a thought
to share with your friends and followers.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.
Your limits are all within yourself.”
And there’s no limit to what you can do except the limits
that you place on yourself.
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
So my question today is this:
Have you ever thought about writing a book?
84% of adults have thought about writing a book
and only one or two percent will ever start.
Because they don’t know where to start.
Leave a comment below
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