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3 Essential Creativity Tricks To Help You To Write A Book

3 Essential Creativity Tricks To Help You To Write A Book

“I’m not creative…” Have you ever said this to yourself? You may believe that creativity is essential if you want to write a book, but no matter whether you’re creative or not, there are easy tricks you can use to spark your creativity.

We’ll look at some of those tricks, but firstly, consider that perhaps you’re just not writing enough.

The more you produce, the more creativity bubbles up

This was recently brought home to me by a friend I hadn’t seen in years. We contributed to the same magazines, some 20 years ago. Although I’ve trained myself to be reasonably productive, she’s much more productive than I am, and also more creative.

In the past 12 months, she’s ghostwritten three trilogies, written 50 short stories, and writes for four blogs. This is in addition to writing several books for children with a collaborator, as well as publishing five cozy mysteries under one of her pen names. (She has several.)

“How do you do it?” I asked. “How do you become so creative? Tell me some tricks — I’m blogging about creativity tricks.”

She laughed. “You know the old saying, the harder you work, the luckier you get? The same applies to creativity.”

She’s right.

Here are three simple tricks you can use to inspire your own creativity.

1. Build a fence around it: limits make you more creative

Limits make you more creative, so set limits before you start writing your book.

For example, you might decide that your book will be about baking sourdough bread, rather than about “baking.” Or if you’re writing fiction, you might decide that you’re writing a cozy mystery with an amateur sleuth who has four children rather than “a novel.”

Even if you’re an experienced author, writing a book can be intimidating. You can choose to write about, and include, anything in your book. All those choices lead to indecision and procrastination.

2. Schedule time and space for creativity

Schedule time for creativity? That sounds strange, because your best ideas occur to you when you’re doing something unrelated to writing — I get great ideas in the shower.

If you want a regular stream of good ideas however, it’s best to schedule the time. Consider scheduling half an hour, or an hour, sometime on the weekend. Aim to brainstorm in an area which you don’t associate with writing.

For example, I write in my home office, but I do my brainstorming on the dining room table on Sunday afternoons.

3. Trust your intuition: it’s your unconscious mind at work

Creative people pay attention to their intuition. They trust it. They’re always listening for that still small voice which presents you with an idea, or an insight.

Meditation inspires creativity, and intuition. In this blog post, on writing goals, we talked about meditation:

Writing is much easier when you meditate (even if you think you can’t do it, the attempt is enough) because your focus carries over into everything you do and feel, for the rest of the day.

When you meditate for a short time each day, it seems to sweep the junk out of your head, so that you’re more open to intuitive and creative insights.

Writing is easier, when you trust your creativity

My friend’s right: the harder you work, the luckier you get.

You can’t be creative when you’re not writing. The perfect idea won’t slap you on the head like a whack from your fairy godmother’s wand.

Schedule time to write your book every day, and you’ll amazed at how creative you are.

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Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

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Blog Your Nonfiction Book: Write A Book The Lazy Way

Blog Your Nonfiction Book: Write A Book The Lazy Way

You want to write a book, but you don’t have time. You can’t devote months of your life to a project which may or may not work. Moreover, you have no idea who will buy your book. Maybe your nonfiction book idea is a dud, and no one will want to read it, much less pay for it.

In short, you totally lack confidence.

It’s fine to feel this way, so let’s look at a simple, and completely LAZY way to write a book.

Write a book FAST, bit by bit — and presell it too

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What if you could write your book, bit by bit, and have eager buyers waiting to buy it? Today, that’s more than possible. You can do it. You can even get paid to write your book before you finish it.

Let’s look at how you can write fast, and presell your book.

1. Blog your book: write it blog post by blog post

I’ve long been a blogging evangelist. Blogging is instant publishing, and your book is an investment of time and energy which will pay off for you in ways you could never imagine.

If you don’t already have a blog, create one fast on Blogger.com or WordPress.com. Neither of these free services is ideal for longterm blogging, but they’re fine for short-term use. Indeed, some very professional bloggers use these free services to build massively profitable blogs.

Got a blog? Kudos to you. 🙂

Create a category for your new nonfiction book. Title it by your book’s topic. If you already have a topic for your nonfiction book’s topic, create a new category with “book” on the end of it.

An example. You’re writing a book on weight loss, and you already have that category. Your new category is “weight loss book”.  (You’re creating this new category so you can quickly find all the blog posts you’ve written for your book.)

Now start writing blog posts in your new category. Aim for one a week. That won’t take you long, and blogging will give you ideas for your book while you’re writing your blog posts.

BIG TIP: keep your nonfiction book short. You’ll publish it on the Web, and on the ebook retailers too. Aim for 15,000 to 25,000 words. At 15K words, you’ll only need to write 30 blog posts of 500 words each.

2. Presell your book to beta readers before you finish it

You’ve written several blog posts, and you have a title for your nonfiction book.

Compile those blog posts into a PDF.

Work out how much you’ll charge for your complete nonfiction book, and create a presale offering.

An example. Let’s say that you’re charging $97 for your complete offering. As a presale, offer your book for $47.

Important tip: avoid promoting your presale offer heavily. If you have a mailing list, send out just one mailing offering the presale version. On the other hand, if you don’t have a mailing list, write a blog post offering your book.

Include a countdown timer, so readers know that your offering ends in three days, a week, or ten days.

One writer managed to make $5,890 for her presale, which not only gave her the impetus to complete the book, but also the funds to promote it widely.

The big benefit of a presale is that you get feedback, and testimonials. Use the feedback to make your book better; use the testimonials in your advertising.

3. Write more blog posts, and promote your blog posts (and book)

Is your book starting to feel real to you? 🙂

Excellent. Keep writing blog posts.

Put more effort into your promotions at this stage.

4. All done: publish your book on the Web

Book done? Excellent. Publish your book on the Web, as a PDF. Add other materials, like recipes, checklists, or a calendar — anything which adds more value to your offering. You can even record some audio, if you like.

5. Create a “lite” version of your nonfiction book for the ebook retailers

Your final step is to create a shorter version of your nonfiction book for the ebook retailers. Amazon will create a MOBI (Kindle format) ebook from your PDF file, so formatting is easy.

Add a link to your sales page for the Web version of your nonfiction book at the end of your ebook.

Kudos to you — you’ve written a book without taking months out of your life to do it. 🙂

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Self-Publishing Model: Should You Publish Your Novel as a Serial?

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These days, everyone in publishing, including writers, is looking for a new business model.

Writers have found one, of course. We self-publish on various digital platforms. However, there’s a problem with that: there’s a huge amount of competition, and writers despair that no one is reading their books.

If you read any of my blogs, like the Fab Freelance Writing Blog, for example, you know that my primary concern is that writers make money from their words. As more writers self-publish, that’s far from easy.

That’s why, when I coach writers, I have a single mantra — create and promote.

As I said in Make Money Writing – Create and Promote:

Want to make money with your writing skills? You can when you learn to create and promote. Let’s look at how it works in this article.

Making money writing involves two skills — creation and promotion. Both skills are equally important.

Create and promote

You can and should use “create and promote” in everything you write. Creation comes first, however, so don’t get so caught up in promotional activities like marketing your book on Twitter that you forget to keep promoting.

There’s a new way to create AND promote at the same time: publish your novels as serials. I’m charmed by serial publication solely because it does allow you to create and promote at the same time. 🙂

Serial publication

There’s only one thing you want to know about serial publication — does it work?

Here’s one writer’s experience:

Launching in parts brought faster feedback. Reviews were appearing on Amazon after a couple of days as people got to the end of episode 1.

There was more buzz on Facebook and Twitter, with people getting excited about the next episode. I had a theoretical hope that it might built a great sense of community among core readers, like fans of the TV series Lost. As well as talking to each other, they talked to me.

Should you publish your next novel as a serial?

I wouldn’t suggest that you publish your first-ever novel as a serial, simply because you’re new at self-publishing. You’ve got enough to worry about, getting through the process of getting your first book online, and promoting it.

However, if you’ve already published a book or three, and want to build your readership, I think serial publication has a lot to offer.

I’ll definitely be trying it, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours

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Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.

I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.

Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.

The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?