In this blog post I am going to be explaining the 2 critical factors you must obtain before you start on your writing journey. Without understanding (and adopting them) you will struggle with your book.
They are the foundations to any serious ‘soon to be author’ and I can’t stress highly enough the importance of having these firmly in check before you begin.
The 5 Mindset Attributes you must adopt before you start
Here are the 5 mindset attributes you must adopt in order for you to complete your writing project; without them, you may find yourself starting with great enthusiasm, getting a few dozen pages written and pouring over i-stock photos for possible cover designs, but soon losing interest. Other ‘more important’ tasks seem to suddenly pop up, and your writing grinds to a halt.
If the foundations of ‘I can do this’ is not established before you begin, then you will find yourself stopping as soon as a bump or hurdle presents itself.
Thinking about writing a book is one thing, knowing and believing you can, which results in action being taken, is another.
1. Having a ‘can do’ attitude
Before you start your writing project, it is essential that you get into the ‘can do’ attitude. To many, writing a book seems extremely daunting and far too difficult, hence the reason why so few do.
2. Believe in yourself and the value of your work.
This follows on from the last attribute – but no less important. You must believe your ability, and in the message you are writing about.
Believing you have the knowledge, that what you’re saying is of interest and that people – your target audience – will want to read what you write, is paramount to starting your project. Without this belief and underpinning foundation that you are able to impart important and valuable information you will find yourself doubting the project. And when other important projects spring up, suddenly your inner voice will start saying things like; “well, I didn’t really have anything important to say anyway.” Or “who was I to think I could write a book…!”
Don’t let that happen to your book project.
3. Make your writing a priority
Some may argue that this is not an attitude. But it is. It is essential that you see this project of a high enough priority that it will not be put aside if something seemingly more important comes along.
Unfortunately a book does not have a voice – it’s a silent, quiet scheme which requires commitment and effort on the part of the writer – you!
Successful writers make writing enough of a priority for it to happen on a regular basis and they find a way to fit their writing into the same 24 hours everyone else has. Writers make a conscious decision to write – and it’s an attitude which needs to be instilled at the very beginning.
4. Commit to writing and see it through
This is a continuation to the previous mindset attribute. You must commit in order to see the project finished. Without this attribute, I suggest you don’t even start.
However, once you have accepted and adopted this attitude, then you will succeed. When you commit, it’s not a choice you make, it just is!
5. Just do it!
This slogan from Nike has been used ubiquitously – however, there are few other statements that encapsulate the next attribute.
Without action, no amount of planning, adjusting your mindset or setting up the greatest of accountability will produce your book.
Gaining the right tools, adopting the right attitude and committing to the project are of course essential – but nothing will be born of these traits if you then fail to ACT – and do it.
Having accountability can dramatically increase your chances of becoming an author. Not that there is any ‘chance’ involved, but having someone to help you with your plan, and an end date in mind really helps cement the idea. It makes it real and measurable – and those are really important when embarking on a project that requires effort and commitment.
Here are 2 quick ways to gain accountability:
1. Tell someone/hire someone
A great tool that can help you become an author, quickly and easily, is to either tell someone what you are planning, or adopt an accountability partner. Someone that can hold you accountable for your writing project, and help you set deadlines for each section. Even if you just tell someone of your plans, a magic combination of expectation is then set, and it really helps to keep you motivated and on track.
This person can be someone you work with, or even your partner or spouse (if suitable) or you could hire someone. Book coaches and writing coaches are growing in popularity, and have the added bonus of knowing and understanding the frustrations of writing, as well as giving you hints and tips on how to keep the momentum going, with feedback along the way.
Also, the added element of hiring someone, which incurs a monthly cost, adds to the time factor – in other words, you will probably get the job done quicker and faster knowing that each month an X amount of money is leaving your bank account.
If you decide that a book coach is something that you are interested in then you need to consider these few points before you proceed.
- Do they have experience in writing a Lead Generation book? (Novels and fiction are a different breed of book, and a coach that only has experience in this arena might not be suitable)
- How many other books have they helped write before? Do they have examples?
- Can they help you with all aspects of your project, from planning, to brainstorming a strong call to action?
- What access do you have to them – will it be enough? Email is fine, but sometimes you just need to talk to someone as well.
- Have they written a book? How does it read? What was it used for?
Or alternatively you can take a quick look at my coaching page. I have over 8 years of experience working with business owners and I have helped them get their books out of their head into print and onto Amazon.
Please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the page, and tell me a bit about your project. I will then get in touch and see if book coaching would be of benefit for you and your project.
2. Set a Deadline
Setting a date for when the book needs to be written by is a great tip to use. If you don’t, well then the writing can go on for months, with no set deadline or cut off point.
I encourage all of my clients to get a date in the dairy – a cut-off point that is set in stone – and unless something of extreme importance disrupts it – then this really helps in writing each chunk of the book.
So we have looked at the mindset that you need to adopt before you start on your writing project. Anytime you doubt yourself, or think you are not able to write a book remember…just because other experts have a book does not make them smarter than you, or wiser than you. All it does mean, is that they made a very smart decision to write a book.
Setting a date also makes it real and cements the project in your mind.
Combine all of the above – and you’re on the right track to becoming an author – and producing one of the most successful lead generation tools available.