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Do You Have An Ebook In You Clamoring To Get Out?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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Many of us fancy ourselves writers, yet put undue restrictions on what it is we may accomplish. Is there a book lurking about your brain somewhere? It can be a print tome, an ebook, and just about whatever form or fashion you desire. Many (particularly bloggers) are afraid to venture past the short form into something a bit longer, though in all the time that they’ve been writing, they may have written the equivalent of several books.

I would encourage you to take the leap of faith to do this, even once. This should be done for several reasons, not the least of which is what it would do for your self esteem knowing that you can indeed put something as substantial as a book together. There is also the professional benefits beyond the obvious additional stream of income you’ve created. You will be an author. This carries with it a considerable amount more cachet than blogger. (No slights intended; just the wretched facts!)

There is also the increased marketability of yourself as a writer. You are suddenly far more versatile and more assignments will come your way easier. You may even find yourself in demand. Writers who can finish assignments on time and well, are prized. How many half-written manuscripts are hidden in attics across America?

So how do you actually get it done? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Set yourself to the task. Don’t create a lot of fanfare around it, telling all your friends on Facebook about your goal. This will only create pressure, and unless you have something of a masochistic streak that likes everyone asking you “How’s the book coming,” I would avoid it. Better to fly under the radar.

Set yourself reasonable daily goals. For a medium sized book of some 75,000 words, you could write 500 words a day for 150 days and have a first draft! That’s a mere 500 words! Many of us write more than that in a blog post.

The takeaway here is that this is doable. Don’t let the sun go down on any unrealized dreams you may have without giving it a good whack! You can thank me later.

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