1. Make a commitment
Writing a book is work. So, before you write one syllable you must decide you're IN! That is, you COMMIT to writing a book. It's that commitment that will carry you through inevitable storms and surprises. No commitment equals no book. Do you know how many books have been started that never get completed? I don't know either, because the book that's not available can't be counted. Let's just say that's a whole lot of books.
2. Be a creative channel
Writing a book requires that you think, but I’m convinced that the BEST books emerge from within us, they come through us. I feel like my first book, Love Addicted, was channeled. Something about love addiction wanted to be said and I was the vessel that allowed it to be said. Try dipping your mind in to the well of your soul, whatever it gathers up pour it into the computer. Experiment with this. This is how I write all my blogs.
3. Write what matters to you
This is self-explanatory, right? Still, I'll expound on it. Write about things that interest you, that you're curious about, things you've lived, done, know. Don’t waste time trying (and I do mean TRYING) to write a book on a topic just because you imagine it will sell.
4. Don't try to sound intelligent
Forget trying to sound erudite. (Like I just did. LOL If your brain didn't know the definition
of "erudite" did it get annoyed? Some brains would ponder whether to look the word up. Others would just imagine what the word means.) Reading can be easy, enjoyable AND enlightening when we remember that: simple words can be powerful words.
5. Share relevant stories
Obviously fiction writers tell stories. Good nonfiction writers do too. Most people are naturally nosey, uh, I mean inquisitive. They like poking around into the lives of others. People tend to recall an idea or message that's embedded in a story, while abstract ideas are forgotten. Share your stories and those of your clients, family and friends. I hope I don't need to tell you this but I'll do it anyway, change names and identifying information to protect their privacy. Finally, a story can be one sentence, a paragraph or more.