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 help. 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.