Now that you’ve made the decision you are going to begin to write your book and you’ve decided what to write about, it is now the time to set things in order to make it more ‘official’, easier to focus, and create the space for creativity.
Here are some tips to getting set up to write:
- Pick your quiet, private or semi-private space, to write. Perhaps it is your office or spare bedroom. Maybe a little desk in your bedroom closet (ever watch The War Room movie?). You don’t need a big space, or even a permanent space, as long as you have your space associated with writing. It could even be your favorite coffee shop (if you bring headphones to block out the noise).
- Pick a time to write every day – or almost every day. Daniel Pink, in his book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, discovers that the best time for most people to be creative is in the morning.
In contrast to the morning idea, Ron Friedman PhD, in his book The Best Place to Work, says that the best time for creativity is late at night when you are fatigued. Apparently your defenses are down which allows your creativity to flow.
Whatever time you decide to pick to write regularly, the key is to put it in your planner and do it.
3. Buy a nice pen and a pad of paper, notebook, or journal. Spend a little bit of money – more than you’d usually spend on a pen and paper. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your tools so make sure you like using them. I’m a journaler so I always buy a nice journal.
4. Tell your spouse and/or family what your new plan is and why it is important to you. Include them in your plan by inviting them to read your rough draft for feedback. Help them feel like they are part of ‘the book’ and not an outsider. Everyone wants to be in a book!
5. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak through you as you write. Submit yourself to the Lord and commit your writing to Him.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:10-11)
Remember why you chose to write your book to help keep yourself engaged and committed. Your testimony of God’s goodness in your life, partnered with prayer based on Jesus sacrifice, brings the victory in your own life and can help lead others to victory, too.
Embrace the journey!
The next step to write your book is to begin planning the outline of your book.