Today, we will continue our discussion on finding or making time to write your book. I want to encourage you to remember why you wanted to start writing a book and remind yourself why it is important to complete. We have too many people in our world that don’t finish what they start. I have been guilty of this myself.
One of the best ways to make sure you meet goals is to actually make them and WRITE THEM DOWN! Today’s goal will be to set a word count for your book.
The average word count for a book ranges between 40,000 to 90,000 words depending on where you look and who you ask. A 6 inch by 9 inch book will typically have approximately 300 words per page. That will average to about 130 pages. This gives you plenty of pages to cover your material. It allows you to have your name on the spine of the book (101 pages minimum for a book on Amazon). It’s also long enough to cover your topic and short enough to keep the reader's attention.
Set a word count for each time you plan to write!
Let’s just use 40,000 words as our target number for your next business book. Now, let’s say you want this book to be completed in the next 6 months, and you only want to write 3 days a week.
40,000/24 weeks = 1700 words a week
1700/3 days = 570 words per day
570 words per day will get you to 40,000 words in 6 months with just 3 days of writing. To give you some idea of how long that should take you each day, this blog is around 300 words and took less than 15 minutes to write.
This is not a lofty goal and can be completely easily with a little bit of consistency.
One of the most common complaints I hear from people about writing their books is that they do not have enough time. They are working a 40 hour job, running a side hustle, and raising kids. Or they are busy working and traveling. Whatever the problem is there are ways to find time throughout your week to write your book.
Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting several ways to fit your writing in even if you have the busiest schedule. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or your own tips for finding time to write.
Spend 10 minutes of your lunch break daily writing your book.
The last thing you probably want to do on your lunch break is work on something else, but this is a great way to add in more productive time to your day and get ahead on your writing project. This will require a little bit of planning to make sure the time is spent wisely instead of being flustered on knowing what to write. Make the process as easy and automatic as possible.
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