Do you want to write your own book or ebook for pleasure and profit? Here are some tips that will help.

Are you wanting to write your own book or ebook? Many people have the dream of doing such a thing. The problem is, it’s not as easy as it sounds! For every hundred people who intend to write a book – or even start one – perhaps only two or three ever get it completed. Of those, only a few ever get their book into the marketplace. Here are a few ideas that will help you get started – and finished – and have your book written and ready to sell.

Firstly, decide why you really want to write your book. Do you want to make money from it? Do you want to become a fulltime writer? Is it something you would be happy just sharing with friends? Perhaps it is something that you only want to write for your own personal satisfaction. Whatever the reason, get very clear on the reasons why. When you are in the process of writing, being able to reflect back on the purpose of your book will help you stay motivated during the times when you are finding it a slog.

Secondly, set yourself a deadline. You need to put yourself under some pressure. It is all to easy to put aside writing your book when other more ‘important’ and ‘urgent’ things come along. There are always going to be distractions. But with a deadline you are telling yourself that writing your book is in itself important and urgent.

Thirdly, set aside some periods of time that you will devote to your writing. Ideally, they will be between two and four hours each. During these times you will not be distracted or interrupted. Tell your family and colleagues (and even yourself!) that you are not to be disturbed and are not available for anything other than a real emergency.

Most importantly, be aware of the thoughts that are going to be going on in your head that will attempt to stop you from writing. Such thoughts could include, “I’m not a good writer”, “Writing is hard”, “People aren’t going to want to read this” and similar thoughts. All that thoughts such as these are going to do is slow down your writing and make it more difficult for you.

Don’t be one of the many who intend to finish their book but never do. Start today with the ideas above and it won’t be long before you’re the proud author of a brand new book!