Are you struggling to get those words out of your head and onto that blank page? Or, even find time to write? But, when you do write your daily word count is quite small. Perhaps you have a nine to five which is more like an eight to six then you go home to a family or spouse, cooking dinner, and cleaning. And, amongst all of the things you have spinning on your plate you need to find time to write. It’s at this point you feel like you don’t have the time to write and the temptation to let go of your writing dreams become tempting. The truth is, you don’t need more time, you need to use the time you have more efficiently and increase your daily word count.
Congratulations! You’ve finally finished writing the first draft of your non-fiction book. I think it’s really important you take the time to celebrate your current level of success because not every aspiring author makes it this far. It’s at this stage of the writing process that many new writers find themselves confused about the next steps they should take. This next step in the writing process is editing but before you start looking for an editor, you need to edit your book first. This is often called self-editing or revising and rewriting. The point of editing your book before you submit it to a professional is to produce the best possible version of your book before you submit it to an editor. In this blog post, I will share with you, how to edit the first draft of your nonfiction book.
Every aspiring writer has a vision of their life post-publication. For most people, this dream is full of images of success. Let’s face it, no one dreams of publishing their first book and hearing crickets. But, this is the post-publication reality for most first-time authors. This is what has prompted me to write this blog post, to share with you the truth about your first book and what to expect. Knowing what to expect is so important, because if you can pre-empt moments of failure and success, then you also have the power to change your experience.
Is fear holding you back, from writing and publishing your book? Fear of failure, fear of judgement, and fear of success hold many aspiring authors from writing their first book. One of the biggest fears among writers and first-time authors is fear of judgement. You can often feel like a fraud and, as a result, end up consumed by fear, a fear that someone is going to call you out for not being an expert, but a fraud. Writing is one of those amazing things that can force you to face these fears. What do you do when you’re so gripped with fear and can’t bear to finish your first draft or go on to the next phase of writing? How do you overcome the fear of judgement?