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The Secret To Being A More Productive Writer

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In any creative endeavor, productivity matters. You can be as creative as you like, but that won’t matter if you don’t finish anything or get your work out there for all to see.

As a writer, if all you do is write and don’t publish anything, or worse, don’t finish anything, how is that being productive?

In my book, that’s about as unproductive as you can get.

But what is the main cause of being unproductive?

In a word: perfectionism.

It’s a curse that helps no one.

If you want to know how to beat it, read on.

Give Your Writing More Impact By Defining Who You Are Writing For

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When it comes to writing for an audience, either through books or blogging, one of the biggest mistakes writers often make is that they try to write for too wide an audience.

Of course we all want as many people as possible to read our stuff, but in trying to please too many people at once you will weaken your writing and reduce the chances of your work connecting with people.

If you want your writing to have more of an impact, one of the best things you can do is to narrow the audience you are writing for.

By impact, I mean that your writing will be truly useful and valuable to a select group of people, the people that your content is targeted towards. These people already want what you have to offer, you just have to find them first.

Having little or no impact comes from people reading your work who don’t care about it, simply because they have no need for what you are offering.

It makes sense to target people who will give a shit, not those who won’t. The best way to reach those people is to define who they are first.

3 Ways To Improve Your Writing Before You Even Start

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Writing isn’t all about the craft. The craft is important yes, but so is the groundwork you lay in order to practice the craft of writing to its fullest extent.

There are things you can do before you start to write that will make a big difference to how you write once you actually begin.

It’s about the laying the proper groundwork so you can write at your fullest potential.

Read on to find out how you can give yourself the best chance of producing great work.

How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Start Earning As An Indie Author Part 5: Titles And Descriptions

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Here we are again, now at stage five of the process of writing and publishing your first non-fiction book.

In part one we looked at coming up with ideas and then researching those ideas.

In part two we looked at outlining your book.

In part three we discussed writing your book.

Then in part four we looked at designing the cover for your book.

Now we are going to discuss another important aspect of publishing your book, and that is the title of your book and the description of your book on the sales page.

How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 4: Creating Your Book Cover

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Welcome back to another installment in this series on how to publish your first non-fiction book.

In part one of this series we discussed developing and researching your book idea.

Then in part two we looked at how to outline the structure of your book and the kind of material you needed to include in it.

In part three, we then discussed how to go about writing your book.

Now in part four of this series we are now going to look at getting your cover sorted.

The ONE Thing You Can Do To Take Your Writing To The Next Level

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Out of everything I have done to try and improve myself as a writer over the years, there is one thing in particular that I did which helped me take my writing and myself as a writer to the next level.

What is that one thing?

I created a good writing environment.

That’s right. I found a place that I could go to every day and write without any distractions.

Before that, I used to try and write anywhere. Mostly I wrote at home, late at night when everyone else was in bed sleeping. That worked for me for a while, but it got to the point where I could hardly concentrate at such a late hour. My mind and body was tired and I didn’t have the energy or focus to sit there and write for the hour or two it would take me to finish something.

Most writers do their writing at home. The problem with that is that most writers also have families and an infinite number of distractions to contend with. This can seriously slow down your progress.

How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 2: Outlining

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Welcome back to the second part of this series on how to write and publish your first non-fiction book and start earning as an indie author.

If you followed the steps in the first part of the series you should now have a good idea about the type of book you want to write. You should have also researched the market for your book on Amazon.

Assuming your idea is good to go and there’s a market there for it, it’s time now to look at outlining the book in preparation for writing it, so let’s get started on that.

How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 1: Deciding What To Write About And Research

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Welcome to the first part of my brand new blog series on how to write a non-fiction book and get started as an indie author.

There has never been a better time to be a writer and self-publisher. Thanks to Amazon Kindle and many other indie publishing platforms, the opportunity is there for people to realize their dreams of becoming a published author and making a living as a writer.

It is in that spirit of creativity and free enterprise that I present to you this comprehensive guide on publishing your very first non-fiction book. Even if you have already published a book, keep reading because I’m sure you’ll pick up at least a few tips to help you progress further on your journey as an indie author.