Passion. Its official definition is, “a state or outburst of strong emotion, an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.” That's something you have and want to write and create, and share that passion with the whole world.
Turning your passion into a book is practically using what you love to do and starting an online business! It takes time to build a business as well as have a product or service to show for it. It truly is a test of your entrepreneur skills to make your passion into a book and into a full-time business on the internet.
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However, how does one translate such strong feelings into a piece of writing? How do you convey what you are passionate about onto a page?
Let's start with a few questions.
Are you excited about what you're creating? Or, are you proud of your work? Are others impressed by how much time the passion captures your thoughts, focus, and energy?
Are you certain that the passion is for you, and not some passing fancy or hobby of your youth? Have you pursued it enough to know its time has come?
What are the goals of this passion, and why are they so important to you?
These are all questions you need to ask yourself regarding your passion. After all, you need to confirm that this passion of yours is a solid foundation to bet your business on!
Additional but also incredibly important questions would include:
Are you already employing the skills your passion requires?
Where can you improve those skills, and how will it make your passion stronger and more valuable to others?
What resources do you need access to or build for yourself in order to strengthen these skills?
What obstacles are you facing, and how can you overcome them?
Here is a comprehensive guide on how to do exactly that.
Part 1: The Basics of Writing a Book
Many people, entrepreneurs, and authors alike would have different perspectives on what the basics could be. Some may say a proper idea, good discipline, and smart word choice, while others might say it's about your entrepreneur passion, good marketing, and finding target customers. But in most cases, it is the same thing.
An idea, and then a drive. Once you have an idea, you need the drive to implement one such idea.
Considering you're reading this article, appropriately named, “Tips for Turning Your Passion into a Book: A Comprehensive Guide,” It's safe to assume that you are passionate enough.
Once you have the idea, what next? The only thing that comes to mind when writing and publishing your first book is the validation of having “The Book” among others. When you finally hold it in hand, or at least see its cover—you'll know this was a labor worth doing; no matter how many pages there are on each side (or not). There's nothing like holding something tangible with all those words inside!
If you write a book, and it's published, well then…
You will be shocked at what happens after that point! You should see this not just as a personal victory, but also as a stepping stone for your business goals. It's quite amazing what you learn about yourself and the world through writing a book.
It will not be easy, or we wouldn't be here talking about it, would we? So let's get into it!
Where to start? Of course, it has to be the basics of the basics.
For fiction or nonfiction stories, there are five elements the author must build upon. Characters, settings, plot, conflict, and resolution. These elements keep the reader engaged.
Assemble your story piece by piece, and build upon your idea. Whether you are making a fictional piece, or a non-fictional, more experience-based self-help story, these are the basics that you need to flesh out.
And remember, there's more to self-help than the story. There are tips and advice that you can develop within the story itself or append at the end of every chapter.
When it comes to non-fiction, most people have problems writing a large compilation of their work onto one piece of literature because they tend to get distracted by other issues. They lose touch with their original passion, or just plain out lost motivation.
All you have to do is keep yourself motivated constantly, which can be done simply by thinking about what might happen if you don't write the book. What will people think of me? Is the idea that I've been trying to cram inside my head really as good as I think it is? Have I been kidding myself all this time believing my idea was really a good one?
You have to always keep yourself motivated and on the lookout for ways to be more productive. You can also see how dedicated you are by working with your team or family, if they're willing, in order to help them learn more about your passion. It's a good way to keep yourself accountable for the promise you've made to yourself and them.
With that said, if you have an idea of what your story will be about just start writing it! The first draft should not be a polished work of art. You can improve that later. Just get the story out first, and then go back to add more details.
When it comes to writing your first draft, you will not be able to write the whole thing in a matter of days or weeks. It could take months, even years! Just keep at it until you finish it. The most important thing is that your work should have some sort of closure to it.
If you find yourself struggling to get motivated, take a look at your other books and see what works. Check out the top-selling authors in this industry for their best tips on how they do it right! If you're not up for that, here's my pro tip:
Write down your goals, ambitions, and your motivation to write every day. Whether it's by hand or typing, just get it done. This will remind you of everything that you have to accomplish if you want to finish writing your book.
Part 2: How to Write and Get Motivated
Motivation is the drive to write. It's pride in your idea and in your story. If you know that your idea is good, then the only thing left for you to do is actually get it on paper.
Motivation is not always a constant. Sometimes you need something external to motivate your writing, and sometimes it can be as simple as “I want this.” You are the only person who knows what will keep pushing them forward in their work- even if they don't think there's anything worth doing anymore!
The reason why getting motivated and keeping yourself motivated are hard to write about is because there's no exact formula for it. Every author and writer has a different formula on how they get motivated to write.
Here are some ways to keep yourself motivated when writing your book:
Read other people's work
This is one of my favorite ways to keep up with the market trends, while also being reminded of how much better you can be. Set goals in your personal life – it's always a good idea to get some sort of motivation from outside sources. The best way is to set goals in your personal life that you want to accomplish such as traveling or buying a new car. This will help you stay motivated for reaching higher levels of writing success.
Give it your all
If you don't really want to write it, if it's just for the money or fame, then you're not going to be very happy with what you've written. You have to love what you do and everything that comes with it.
Make yourself accountable for your actions
Making a promise is one of the best ways to keep yourself accountable for your actions. Instead of just saying “I will write a book one day”, come up with an achievable goal such as writing 500 words a day. If you don't reach that goal by the end of the month, then you have to do something embarrassing or meaningful in return. This is one of the ways I make myself accountable for not just writing a book, but also editing and publishing it.
The idea is that at the end of the day, you want the motivation to keep yourself going strong.
The writing process is completely influenced by your own intake of books and reading, seeing the different writing styles impact your own. So to write is to read, and reading will also fuel your motivation as long as you can imagine that in the near future, you can hold your very own complete book in your hand.
Part 3: How to Build an Audience and Market Your Book
Building an audience sounds easy in theory, but doing so is actually quite difficult. A great way to spread the word about your new book is by social media-ing and making it Facebook opt in. You can also post an update on Instagram or Twitter!
Another way of gaining an audience would be to promote your work through ads and such, on Facebook, Youtube, or Twitter. Ads will surely grab the attention of some curious folks who will no doubt be interested in your work.
Online marketing is a great way to get your name out there. All you have to do it write some books and watch the business come rolling in!
When you have written several books and they were successful, it will be much easier for you to promote yourself with a fandom behind you. Making books would definitely help build an audience as well as market your future work.
Creating an audience is going to take a lot of time, effort, and dedication. The main thing is for you to have fun with it and not give up. You will get there, eventually – with a little time and no small amount of effort, you will get where you want to be.
So, to conclude…
“When there is a will, there is a way,” as that famous saying goes. When you have an idea, be confident and passionate about yourself, because that idea is your own, and only you can bring it to its full potential.