Have you ever thought of writing a book?  How long have you been thinking about it?  How much progress have you made?   I meet and talk to people every day who want to write a book.  They always ask, how long will it take?

For many people, it’s not the process of writing a book that is so daunting, but the time required to complete it.  After all, who has time to sit down and write a book?

I’ve asked hundreds of people, “How long do you think it takes to write a book?”  The typical answer is anywhere from 3 months to a year.  I then ask, “How long do you think it would take YOU to write YOUR book?” These responses are very different and also vary enormously, from “I don’t know, six months,” to “two years” to “a decade!”

Here’s the answer:  Writing a book takes as long as you decide it is going to take.   And there are no minimum number of pages, either – a book needs only as many pages as it takes to say what you want to say.  That’s right, publishers today are looking for quick, easy to read books.

People are always surprised to learn that writing a book doesn’t have to take a long time and amazed when I tell them that they can complete their first manuscript in about 8 to 12 weeks.  That’s what my book, So, You Want to Write!, is about, getting your book out of your head and onto the paper, quickly!  I show you how you can create your book in a short time by getting off to a great start and continue to move forward in easy, bite-size steps.

After assisting authors produce more than 500 books, writing four books myself and now in the process of ghostwriting my ninth book, I have found the following to be true; your book will become a reality:

  • As soon as you truly decide to take the first step and take it
  • When you know your vision, outcome and purpose for your book
  • When you know who your audience is
  • When you are prepared to write!

Just like any important project, being prepared and knowing your outcome is critical.  The more prepared and clear you are about your book’s purpose and audience, the faster it will be completed.

So ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why am I writing this book?
  • How am I going to use my book?
  • Who is my audience?
  • Where is my audience?

When you can answer these congruently, you are ready to write your book!

To your writing success!

Ann McIndoo, your Author’s Coach


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