This is the first day of my 30 day writing challenge. My goal is to spend at least 20 minutes each day writing and to daily add a blog post on my website. I decided to use an online stopwatch (http://www.online-stopwatch.com/) to beep when the 20 minutes expired.
It’s amazing how you can trick your mind to focus on any task if you say, “It’s only going to be 20 minutes.”
The working title for my book is, “Write Your Book in 30 Days: A Personal Journey” These blog posts will serve as the basis for the book. This is actually going to be a major challenge for me.
I don’t enjoy writing. People often complement me on my writing but it’s not something that I look forward to doing. But I am always up for a challenge. Each day I will chronicle my experience and offer you strategies on how to build your brand by writing and publishing a book.
With this being Day1, I would like to stress the importance of ….
1. Picking a niche
2. Solving a problem
3. Using the book as leverage to build your brand
In this 30 day journey, I plan to encourage people to move beyond simply writing a book to considering how you can use this book as a stepping stone to higher levels of success.
From this first day experience, I’m seeing the need to remind people to create a distraction free zone in order to increase your writing productivity. Phone calls, text messages, online chats and checking Facebook are just a few of the distractions that you have to minimize if you plan to spend quality time writing.
Once you have your optimal writing zone then its time to write. We don’t want to just say that you spent 20 minutes per day writing. The key is to develop an outline and write to the readers unanswered questions. Within each key concept you have to offer a massive amount of social proof to be persuasive.
I decided to write a book entitled, “Write Your Book in 30 Days,” to show people how to get their book done in less time and with less effort. My first step is to better understand my primary reader and speak to their desires, concerns and complaints.
The format for this book will be 30 blog posts. As I consider 30 days of writing, I need to select an overall outline for the entire book. The 30 blog posts have to be broken down into five to ten chpters.
You represent my audience. Give me a sense of the chapters you would like to see in my book.
1. What’s In the News?
2. Focusing on a Niche
3. Developing a Book Outline
4. Time to Write, Research or Edit
5. Building a Team
6. Using Technology
7. Marketing, PR and Sales
I know some people would question why I should offer my entire book for free as a series of blog post. What people fail to realize is that by using social media and releasing content on a daily basis I am developing a cadre of followers who will become customers in the near future. Studies have shown an increase in book sales even after an e-book was given away for free.
Well, my time is up! 20 minutes flew by fairly quickly. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Thanks for your time!
– Andrew Morrison
Small Business Camp
P.S. This post has NOT been viewed by a proof reader or editor. My writing will only get better as I build out my team. Stay tuned …. you ain’t seen nothing yet!