Suppose that your goal was to write a book. This is something you have been thinking for a long time. Maybe friends and even clients have told you that you should write a book.
The first step is to understand what your book is about and to map out a plan with milestones. This is what my seven day mini course is about. It will connect you to your book so that you understand what it is all about by going through a guided meditation. The next round of my mini course will start on the 21st of August 2017. Sign up here if you want to have some really good foundation for your writing.
Once your foundations are in place, you want to start establishing a routine. So you will be writing daily or weekly goals. It really doesn’t matter what word count you set up for yourself but I suggest that you start small rather than big. You want something that is sustainable. So set your timer for 25 minutes and see how much you can write in that time slot. Make this your daily goal. When I tried that technique to estimate how many words I could write in twenty minutes, I managed to write 1,200 words.
An average book contains 80,000 words. My calculator says that if you wrote 1200 per day, by focusing your writing in slots of only twenty fives minutes, you would have written your first draft in 66 days. Personally, I don’t want to put the pressure on myself to write seven days a week. I don’t think it’s healthy. You need to get out of your head at least two days a week. So let’s assume you write 22 days per month. This means that by sticking to the goal of writing 1,200 words per day, five days a week, you will have your first draft in four months. How fantastic is that.
But this doesn’t mean anything. Because we can talk about this until we are both blue in the face, it won’t make it happen. What will make it happen is your commitment to your book. Something I invite you to do on day 7 of my mini course. If you are a commitment freak (read: fear of success), that might take a little bit of work. I am very good at helping with this, by the way, so don’t hesitate to book a one to one session with me if you are afraid to commit.
Did you know, however, that being a member of a supporting community or hiring a coach increases your chances of completing your first manuscript by 40%. Especially if you are the kind of person who thrives on external accountability. Only one person out of four is self reliant. I am lucky to be one of those.
I am launching my Writer’s Academy on the 1st of September (2017). The launch price for September only is £22 for a whole month. If you would like to join, click here: http://www.paypal.me/AngedeLumiere/GBP22. Ladies only
To your writing,
(c) Ange de Lumiere 2017