How to Write A Book
It’s been four years since I decided to start writing my first book.
I had just read Rework by 37 signals. I got inspired. I got to thinking that maybe I could put together a book too.
I often get asked what it took to write a book. I have three answers, all surprises at the time.
Surprise #1: Voice-To-Speech is Essential
I wouldn’t have been able to write a book without voice-to-speech software. If you’re thinking about writing a book, at least try it out. It made the difference for me when I was in the grind of churning out a first draft.
Surprise #2: Expect Extreme Resistance
When I got closer to putting the whole book together, on the second and third drafts, I was surprised with the intensity of the resistance I felt. (A great book I recommend is Do the Work by Steven Pressfield.)
Was it going to be good enough? Were people going to like it? Was it worth it? Should I just stop?
Surprise #3: A Real Deadline Helps
My second daughter was born January 2010.
Guess what year and month I finished the book?