This is part five in a series on How To Write An eBook: From Idea to Launch. You can read part one here, part two here, part three here and part four here.
If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ll know that we’re finally to the most important part of the eBook creation process: writing the book! This is both the easiest and the hardest part.
It’s easiest because if you’ve brainstormed and then created an outline, you already pretty much have your eBook written. Now you just have to go back, fill in the details and add more info.
Unfortunately, the writing is also the hardest part because it’s the part where most people get “stuck” due to self-sabotaging behavior. All of a sudden your eBook won’t seem good enough to you. The topic won’t be strong enough or you won’t believe you’re really the expert you thought you were, etc.
Just know that all the stuff that’s coming up around you writing your eBook is nothing more than your internal fear and comfort zone. Those two things will keep you procrastinating forever, just so you never have to do anything “scary” or take a risk of any kind.
You can fight the fear and comfort zone very easily, by sitting down and writing anyhow. Write in spite of the fear!
Truth be told, the fear will always be there. It’s not going to magically go away overnight. Or ever. Even bestselling authors still have the fear inside them.
But they feel the fear and do it anyways.
That’s what you need to do to write your eBook. You gotta feel that fear inside; that deep, nagging fear that says you can’t do this, and you have to tell it, “Thanks for sharing your opinion, which I am now choosing to ignore.”
Moving Past The Fear
Once you’ve worked through the fear that holds you back from doing your writing, then you can finally jump in and start writing. Grab your eBook outline and use it as a guide to write.
Aim to work on your eBook for at least 30 minutes to an hour every day.
Since you have an outline ready to go, you don’t have to write it from top-to-bottom. You can jump in and write at any point that strikes you.
So maybe, for example, today you’re not really in the mood to write the detailed information stuff. Rather than skip writing altogether, instead work on your Introduction or your Table of Contents. Work on something that doesn’t require a ton of “information” to be put together.
The next day you may be more ready to work on another more information-packed part of your eBook. And if not, continue with stuff like your Conclusion or your chapter titles.
Just focus on doing some eBook writing every day. If you do this consistently, your eBook will be done before you know it. Then you can move on to step 6, which I’ll tell you more about next week.
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