Featuring: Jonathan B. Williams
No matter where you are in your life, you can write your book! There’s no guarantee you will become JK Rowling or Stephen King. Nevertheless, every person has something to share with the world, so you just need to figure out what that is.
That’s the beauty of living in the digital age.
With nearly everyone in the world having access to a computer, it’s easier now than ever to write. Where many people go wrong is in thinking that writing a book is too hard or that nobody will read it. Regardless, whether 10 people buy your book or you become a New York Times bestselling author, you have a 0% chance of making anything happen if you don’t take action.
Here is how we (Jonathan Williams & Joshua Krafchick) would recommend starting to write your book:
1. Pick a subject that you’re passionate about.
Writing in school was always a challenge for me because we were forced to write about bullshit that nobody really cares about, like the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act or the Teapot Dome Scandal. Now, it’s your turn to pick the subject matter that YOU’RE most passionate about. When writing isn’t forced on you, it can be fun and liberating.
2. Write 600 words per week.
Without a target to shoot for, you will never hit anything. My personal goal is to write at least 600 words a week, which usually takes me about 30 minutes. If you’re thinking about writing a book, it can be overwhelming trying to come up with so much material. So, break things down into bite-sized pieces so that you can start building the blocks you will need in order to give birth to your masterpiece.
3. Start a blog.
While starting a blog is a bit “old school” in today’s world of Tik Tok and viral videos, it’s still a great way to get your voice out there and start to build your database of individual writing pieces. This will build your confidence and allow you to find your voice, and eventually you will have enough content to write that book you’ve always dreamt of!
4. Hire help.
You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, so why would you embark on something as big as writing a book without hiring some help? It’s no secret that most bestselling nonfiction authors (and many fiction ones too) got help when writing their book. While the story or advice is still theirs, smart authors hire an editor or a ghostwriter to help them polish their words into a readable book. Don’t climb this mountain all by yourself—hire the best help and have a better book as a result!
5. Later, rinse, repeat.
Ernest Hemingway said it best:
Even accomplished writers take their writing through multiple drafts. So don’t be discouraged when your first (or second or third) draft isn’t quite what you wanted. Keep writing, keep revising, and keep getting better. The more drafts you take your writing through, the better it will get—I promise!
Writing a book is not something that is going to happen overnight,
it’s going to require persistent work on your part. However, when it comes down to it, a majority of people will never write anything in their life. So, what’s important to remember is the legacy you’re going to leave in this world.
Believe it not, you have important things to share with people! You just need to take action, start writing, and eventually, you’ll have enough content that will make an impact in the lives of others!
Reach out to Jonathan Williams, if you have questions about the book writing process!