Three Tips To Help You Avoid Ruining the First Draft of Your E-book

You’ve been working hard on your first draft of your e-book and the last thing you want to do is have it fall apart now. After all, you’ve got time and energy involved. And, if you are being honest, you are likely getting excited about your creation. So, let’s look at some things you need to avoid so you won’t put your first draft in jeopardy.Avoid ruining the first draft of your ebook

#1 Assume You Know Which Format is Best for Your E-book

Even if you have an end goal in mind, make sure you review all your options once you are done. An e-book can start as one thing and end up being something completely different. For example, you might have started writing an e-book with the intention of using it as an incentive to increase your subscriptions. But, by the time you were done, you realized you had written a premium e-book that belongs in Amazon. If you aren’t considering all of your options, you could miss this opportunity. I want you to be aware of a number of publication options. Why? You should know what your options are so you don’t miss out on any opportunities.

#2 Pamper Your Procrastinator and Perfectionist Personalities

Quality is important, but if you are now proofreading your draft for the eighth time, and you are spending thirty minutes deciding on whether you need to put a comma here or there, then you are wasting valuable time. Even books that come from a major publisher have the occasional error. Most will never notice that comma that’s been misplaced. To stop yourself from doing this, it’s best that you create a deadline for finalizing your manuscript, and then call it good. Translation: No more edits.

#3 Don’t Use the First Title for Your Book That Seems Logical to You

It’s your e-book. Don’t give into the temptation to use the first title that comes to mind. The title of your book deserves far more than that. You need to come up with a title that is compelling and interesting—one that tweaks your potential reader’s interest. Talk about it with a friend. Write down a handful of potential titles and most importantly, do not pick the final title until the book is written. You’ll be surprised at just how it changes from your original idea.

Completing your first draft is an exciting feeling, but do remember this: It’s just that…your first draft! Don’t be afraid to make changes. Add other content, remove content, revise paragraphs, and add more details, etc. This is what drafts are all about. By keeping these three important points in mind, you’ll avoid ruining your first draft.

Three Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your E-Book

You are on your way to writing an e-book. Good for you! If you had no problem coming up with a topic and getting the research done, that’s great! But, if you now find yourself suddenly stuck and not sure how to go about writing and completing your first draft, I can Three trips for Writing Your E-book's First Drafthelp. First of all, you are not alone. It’s a common place for writers to reach a stumbling block. I’m happy to give you three tips that can help you get your e-book’s first draft done, which will definitely help you move to the next stage of this process. Are you ready?

Tip #1: Put Your Outline Together

The very first thing you should do is put your outline together. It’s one of the simplest tasks you will have, and it will give you a clearer direction before you begin. Your outline needs to include a title for each one of the chapters. Don’t spend a great deal of time on this, because you can change them later to better fit the actual copy better. However, creating these titles helps you to better visualize how things should be broken down. Make sure to also create subheadings for each of your chapters. Under each, you will need to create the detailed points to give each chapter more detail.

Tip #2: Find a Quiet Place to Write

You need to find a space to write where you will be free from distractions. Writing is a highly demanding undertaking, and it requires a great deal of energy. Distractions can really make it difficult to stay focused and on track. Avoid temptations that can cause you to become distracted. Turn your phone off, forget about Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc. They can eat away the time you should be focused on working.

Tip #3: Visualize That You Are Writing a Simple Email

If you find you are suddenly left sitting at your desk staring at your screen because your mind has gone completely blank, stop struggling. It will only make things worse. One little trick that seems to help many is to just imagine or visualize that you are writing a simple email to your friend. Just start typing and see what comes out of your transparent feelings and words.

You can grab your outline if you like and pretend that you are being asked a question for every title, subtitle and topic by a friend. Then all you have to do is start writing as if you were replying to a question in your email.

It’s Simple. Just Do it.

Writing an e-book can be very rewarding, but it also requires dedication from you if you want it to be a success. These three simple tips will help you to get that first draft onto paper. After that it gets easier.