For some authors, the writing comes easy, but for others, it’s a struggle to put words to paper. However you feel about writing an e-book, you should be aware of the pitfalls that can get you into trouble. Here’s how to avoid three common mistakes that occur when writing e-books.
#1 Mistake – You Begin to Write at the Beginning
You are probably shaking your head and thinking, well of course, where else would I start? You might be surprised to learn that starting at the introduction actually isn’t the best place to start your writing. It’s really hard to know what you are going to include until most of your e-book is drafted. If you start at your introduction, it’s not going to be an accurate reflection of what is going to be included in your e-book.
Instead, start with your first chapter. Only after you have drafted the entire book should you ideally go back and write your introduction. At the back of the book, include the ‘About the Author’ page where you can show your readers where they can sign up for your mailing list, and access your email address and website.
#2 Mistake – Writing Only When You Feel Like Writing
Even when you make your e-book a high priority, it can be hard to find the time to work on it on a regular basis. The trouble is if you are not writing on a regular basis, you will not be able to build up enough momentum to get through the project. You write a bit and then you stop. The result is that a week goes by and you write a little more. Then before you know it, a couple of weeks have gone by and your project just gets stalled.
You don’t have to write hundreds upon hundreds of words all a
t once, but you do have to set aside a specific amount of time and a specific day each week that is dedicated to when you will write. Remember to use your time effectively.
#3 Mistake – Make Sure Your Inner Editor Waits Until Your Writing Has Been Completed
If you are regularly writing, but you don’t seem to be gaining too much ground, it is often because you edit as you go. Maybe you type a bit and then go back and make changes. If you find you are constantly tweaking as you go along, you are going to be in trouble, because you will not get anything completed.
Get your inner editor under control and wait until you are done writing. Then you can go back and make your changes.
These are three of the most common mistakes that you can find yourself facing. Make sure you are aware of them and understand how to work around them, so they don’t become a problem.
Can you add one more item that you have personally confronted and conquered? Leave me a comment.