Writing a book

Writing a book

As you will have probably noticed I’m in the process of writing a book. And, I thought I’d share my experience and learnings so other people can feel inspired and write their own.

Like many other things in life, like becoming father, writing a book is an experience you cannot understand until you do it. So, I’m not going to evangelize here, I just want to provide practical advice based on my experience.

So, let’s get started!

First of all, you need FIVE things to be able to write a book:

  1. A problem to be solved
  2. Experience
  3. A wide network
  4. Discipline
  5. Inspiration

A problem to be solved

Here, I am talking about business books. I don’t have a clue what problem was supposed Harry Potter’s saga to be solving, but I’m very clear what problem my book is solving and for whom.

Experience

You need the experience and knowledge to be able to solve that problem. You can also write about some study you did, but I think nowadays business readers prefer practical books.

A Wide Network

You will need case studies, forewords, recommendations and examples for your book. And, you must have a wide network of people to whom you can ask for help or who can connect you with other authors.

Discipline

There are several methods for writing a book. Some day I will talk about that. Choose one and stick to it. But, most of all you need the discipline to write everyday. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Go for it.

Inspiration

Inspiration is the heart of writing a book. You don’t know when it will come but you will recognize it when it does. It is that state of flow where words just come out of your brain in a constant and fast stream while time is non-existent.

You must be able to recognize it and make the most of it wherever you are. So, bring always a voice recorder with you and record your thoughts immediately.

But, inspiration can also be triggered. If you know yourself a little bit, you will be able to tell what is that moment in the day when you are most inspired and what triggers inspiration. You must book that date everyday for writing and establish the rituals that allow you to put your brain in creative mode.

If you don’t know where to get started I recommend two Neuroscience books that will help you getting in the spot:

  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  • On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

I always knew I was an early morning guy, but reading these two books helped me in putting my brain in creative mode.

Stay tuned for next ones!

Thanks!