How many times have you heard someone (including yourself) say “I should write a book about that”? While it’s said often, most of the time that idea remains on a backshelf; forgotten and neglected. Maybe it’s because you think you can’t write a book or you don’t even know where to begin. It may seem incredibly daunting to put your idea into words. That’s where we come in. Here are 9 simple ways to get started on your book writing journey!
9 EASY WAYS TO WRITE A BOOK
Repurposing content is defined by taking content from another media, such as a podcast, journals, blog posts, or even social media posts, and rewriting that content to be used for a book. If you have letters, Facebook posts, or a journal filled with your experiences and thoughts, those are great sources to begin typing out or copying and pasting into a word document. If you don’t have the time to transcribe these thoughts into a post, you can always hire someone to transcribe them for you!
Another great option is to hire a ghostwriter. A ghostwriter will not only be able to collect your written media, but they can re-write it into content suitable for a book. Don’t have any content and just an idea? A ghostwriter can help with that, too. Some ghostwriters will require an outline, others can work with you to create an outline, and some can go off what minimal information is given to them. However, to have the desired result, we recommend supplying as much information and media that you can. For more information about repurposing content, click here!
3. Interviewing Experts
Another great option to collect content is by interviews. The first option is to interview experts related to the field your book will be about. For example, if your book is about self-help and creating a better mindset, you’ll interview mental health professionals and perhaps even life coaches. Seek out those who dealt with difficult times and are now successful, dig into their minds to find out what worked for them.
4. Being Interviewed
The other option is to be interviewed. This is an especially important tool to get your ideas down in a conversational tone. You can reach out to a podcast, a friend or family member, media outlet, or hire a professional to conduct the interview. You can do multiple interviews and take that content and repurpose it into a book.
Maybe you’re not comfortable with the idea of being interviewed or conducting interviews just yet. Or perhaps you still need more content. When feeling inspired on the subject, pull out your phone and use a talk-to-text dictation service such as (Dragon Diction or Otter) and record your thoughts. Talk-to-text may require some minor edits, but once you have a document with your recordings, you can easily repurpose it into a book.
6. Video Recordings
You can even set up a video recording on your cell phone or computer and create a vlog of sorts, even if it’s just for personal use. You can easily pull the audio from your footage and have it transcribed. Either yourself or a ghostwriter can turn these recordings into content for your book. Not only that but you know have footage for marketing, book trailers, and more!
7. Pros and Con
Many books dive into the idea of pros and cons or rather do’s and don’ts. Think of your journey and the mistakes you’ve made — after all, we all make mistakes — don’t you wish someone had told you what to do and what not to do? What worked for them and what didn’t? Well, now it’s your turn to be that person for someone else,. Here are six simple steps to creating a book in this format.
And it was as basic as these 6 steps:
- List the pro or con you wish to impart
- Explain why this pro or con is important to your topic
- Explain how you learned this or a helpful story that demonstrates this tip
- Expand on the action this means they should take (the do or don’t)
- Explain how this action will accomplish that pro or avoid that con
Express the benefits of using that action, referencing it back to your pro or con
8. 10x3x3 Method
Along with the Pros and Cons method, there is another great and simple method for writing a book. This style follows the rule of 10x3x3. What does that mean?At Elite, we’ve filled five entire books full of story starters that we’ve found most effective. But our favorite way to write your book quickly and with ease is our 10x3x3 system.
Here’s how it works. List 10 questions, 3 stories for each and 3 points for each story. Simple mathematics.
This will provide you with the content and format you need for an excellent book!
9. Most Importantly, Express Yourself!
Lastly, the most important tip we have for you is express yourself! When you simply be yourself and express that, be it through writing, interviews, or other media, you’re going to have the perfect content for a book. Your story needs to be told. There are people who need your skills, your experience, and ideas. Don’t let fear hold you back!
Elite Online Publishing has ghostwriters, editors, and marketing gurus waiting to help you not only write your book but ensure it reaches bestseller status. Just check out these testimonials! Contact us today to set up a consultation!