One of the things that keeps people from writing the book they want to write is that the overestimate the project.
Writing a book is just telling a bunch of stories. If it’s a fiction book you have a bunch of chapters where something happens in each section. It’s just a collection of stories then are connected.
For a nonfiction book you generally have a premise often indicated in the title and then again a bunch of chapters that support the main idea.
Nothing more than a bunch of stories.
When you think of writing a book through this lens you take the air out of it.
For example if you wanted to write the story of your life you would simply tell a bunch of stories. I was born here. I grew up there. This happened and then that happened and here I am writing a book about it. Even this kind of project is blown out of proportion with words that make it bigger then it seems. We hear about memoirs and autobiographies and they sound monolithic. It sounds hard. It sounds like it has to be impressive. In terms of biographies or even memoirs it’s pretty much the same story. Hey person was born then they did a bunch of stuff. And these are the stories.
If you’ve been thinking about writing a book one of the easiest ways to get started is to tell stories from your life. You don’t have to start with a theme or God forbid a message.
Just tell the story of when and where and how you were born. How you grew up. The things you experienced. The important events. One thing that is wonderful to focus on are the challenges you have had in your life especially how you overcame them. You can talk about the choices you made as well as the ones you didn’t. You could tell the stories of what you have learned and why you think the way you do. It is so simple.
Of course you have many of these stories already rehearsed. So that’s going to make telling the story of your life even easier. I bet you could tell most of them in 5 minutes or less. All you need to do is collect two or three dozen of these stories from your life and you have a book. It may not be something you ever want to publish or sell. Doesn’t matter. You will have written a book. You have gone through the process of telling stories you know coherent form. That is an accomplishment in itself that may be would be the last story in the book you were going to write. And if you do write this book I hope you end it with the words to be continued.
So I hope this has helped you understand how simple the process of writing a book can be.
And once again I have returned to the theme of five minutes. That’s all you need to tell a story . Especially one that you have rehearsed that you are intimately familiar . That’s the core of our method of helping you write the books you want to write. In addition to this message we have a 55 minute audio program available for you that will give you even more tips and techniques to make writing a book easy and fun. It’s also pretty fast.
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