The process of writing a book (1/6): Pick a date and make it public

These days I have too much on my plate. But there are a few things I think are important, and this blog is one of them–as they say If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.

So looking for synergies while writing my new book and keep this blog updated, I’m going to show the process of writing a book behind the scenes. Everyday or so, I’ll share with you the process and ideas I’ve got along the way. Here we go.

Want to write a book? Pick a date and make it public.

A few days ago I decided not just to write a book, but to do it in one month. I’m a big believer in that you can do almost every thing in one month (level with me here, there’s a point.) One month is enough–especially considering that most of the times you’ve already done the thinking part.

For this book I’ve spent at least a couple of years thinking about it–I couldn’t get it out of my head. All these months I’ve been prototyping it in my head, without even knowing it. So I just had to do the most critical step  in any project: pick a date.

If you haven’t announced a date, you’re not serious.”.–Seth Godin

Release date: 17th July 2018.

Now we’re talking.

I’m sure you also have a project that has been around your head for months if not years. It might be a book, a video, a podcast, start a blog, you name it. If you really want to do it, go ahead a pick a date. It can be any date–but once you do it, it gets real.

But doing that is scary, isn’t it? Here’s what you can do though.

A few days ago I started to notice that summer was kicking in. I was thinking about this book. I had my story, I had my idea. I needed a kick in the butt and get this thing out of my head once and for all. I needed an accomplice.

I needed someone who could make the same commitment as I was intended to. Immediately I remembered that a friend of mine (my buddy and accomplice Fanego) once said he would like to write a book. So I challenged him to write a book in 30 days–where we could suffer a public embarrassment if we don’t deliver a book each one. He said: let’s do it.

We talked about it on the phone a couple of days ago, so now we’ve got our release date and a solid schedule. We help each other out and share our problems along the way. In other words, we’ve got out backs.

You can do the same. Find someone you can use as a spark. And ideally that person should have to make the same commitment, because once you get started, if you decide to quit, you would have the feeling of leaving your buddy out. And that’s very powerful.

PS. Tomorrow I’ll share with you the most important part of the process by far: how to structure the story.