Do you know what the hardest part of writing a book is?
HINT: It’s not the writing.
Let’s first get through what’s not hard.
What’s NOT difficult about writing a book
- The idea: oddly, that just comes to you. You know it. I know it. Stop denying it. You might need some to ask you.
- The writing: see #1. When #1 happens, writing is automatic.
- Formatting, designing, grammar, spelling, help! I might go with the same rationale as #2, but I’ll give it to you, this can be a pain. But if you’ve got #1 going on, you’re usually OK.
- Cover design: seriously, this is the fun part!
- Partner: choosing a partner can seem difficult except when it isn’t.
- Subtitle: OK, just throwing this in here, trying to hide it. This one can be tough.
- Time: finding this stuff can be tricky, but if #1 is a burning passion, you’ll make time.
Here’s the #1 thing holding you back from writing your book:
It’s kind of a boring word.
I was trying to find a better one.
Something snappy and ideally one syllable.
Not something that sounded like “accounting.” But it kinda does.
Here it is:
You need someone who is “invested” in you finishing–or even starting.
The typical example is the gym.
- We know we should go.
- We go for a while.
- We find lovely excuses.
- We hire Katie.
- She’s mean.
- She wants you there Monday at 7 AM.
- You go.
- You’re on time.
- Because you’re scared of what she’ll do to you if you’re late–or worse: don’t show up at all.
- You keep going on Mondays (see #4).
- You improve.
- You say things like, “Well, this wasn’t so bad after all.”
- You lose weight.
- You get stronger.
- You feel better about your life.
- You quit your job.
- You open up a sailing instructor school just off of Morea.
- You sip cocktails with umbrellas in them.
Which part of this was crucial?
But #7 happens mostly (93.4%) because of #4.
We’re going to write a book together.
So, now that we got that out of the way: Spark Campfire.