Got writer’s block? If you’re writing a book, you’re almost guaranteed to get writer’s block at some stage. This shouldn’t slow you down, it’s a good thing, believe it or not.
There are many reasons you could be suffering from writer’s block, but knowing why you are isn’t as important as moving forward with your book.
The five-step process I’ve described for you below will help you to get over writer’s block. On the other hand, if you’re planning a book, it will get you started without procrastinating.
1. Write a Blurb First, It Keeps You on Track
Your first step is to write a blurb (a short, enticing description) of your book. Keep it under 75 words. Visit the bookstore or library to read the blurbs of books which are similar to yours. You’ll find the blurb on the back cover of a book.
2. Write Down Everything You Know About Your Topic
Your next step is to write down everything you know about your book’s topic. If you’re writing a novel, write down the story.
Write as quickly as you can, without taking your fingers from the keyboard.
This may take you many hours. Keep going. This engages both your conscious and subconscious mind in the project, so that your subconscious mind keeps “working” on the book for you.
3. Have Fun! Get Engaged and Excited
Are you having fun? If you’re not, your lack of enthusiasm will come through in your words. Get in touch with your original enthusiasm for the book, and remember why you want to write a book. See your book on bookstore shelves.
4. Blog Your Book — Build a Readership (Platform)
Every writer needs to market his book. A publisher will not do it for you — you’re responsible for sales of your book. In fact, the publisher will want to know what your plans are for marketing the book before you’re offered a contract.
The easiest way to market your book is a blog, so create a blog as soon as possible.
5. Get a Mentor
Your final step is to get a mentor for your book. Writing and publishing a book is a long process. You need instruction, guidance and inspiration from someone who’s done it, and who can guide you through it.
So there you have it — five steps to help you to write your book without writer’s block.
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