014: Creating a Book (Part 1) – Getting Started

 

Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018

Highlights, Takeaways, Quick Wins

  1. Have a main goal.
  2. Create smaller goals inside your larger goals so it’s not as intimidating.

 

The creation of the book is just like any other endeavor. In my opinion the only things that are needed is:

  1. Having a goal
  2. Knowing how to get there

Sounds simple, right? Well, simple isn’t always easy and the simplest things take a lot of steps and steps inside of those steps.

The best illustration I can give you is going through school. Let’s say you want to graduate High School; here are the basic steps:

  1. Go to school
  2. Pass grades K-12

Pretty simple. However, let’s just parse a bit more on one grade; we’ll use Kindergarten for example:

  1. Take morning (or afternoon) session
  2. Learn alphabet
  3. Memorize Telephone number
  4. Don’t eat glue
  5. Use the bathroom in the bathroom and not your pants
  6. Learn to raise your hand when you have a question
  7. Don’t talk during nap time

There are probably more things, but these are just some things I think are the benchmarks of passing Kindergarten. Again, let’s deep dive into one of the goals—Memorizing your telephone number:

  1. Learn to count from 0-9
  2. Repeat phone number in sequence
  3. Say phone number out loud
  4. Write down telephone number
  5. Recite from memory
  6. Repeat steps 2-5

You get the idea. If you’re reading this right now you obviously at least passed Kindergarten. The point I’m trying to make is that big goals are made up of tiny goals and tiny goals are made of of even tinier sub-goals.

In this case if you’re wanting to create a book, the first thing you need to NOT focus on is:

  1. Getting published
  2. Selling a billion copies
  3. Become super-famous

Those goals aren’t necessarily bad onto themselves, but they can become daunting and lead to self-doubt. Also, the real reason you should want to create a book is because: You love to create and want to make something you wanna share with people (or even just one person). You have to love the act of what you’re doing not the hoped for result (I.e. being more famous than J.K Rowling and swimming in a pool of money).

So let’s go back to the beginning:

  1. Have a goal
  2. Know how to get there

To do the book I just created I started with those two primary goals. My goal was to create content for a book in the span of 31 days. Knowing how to get there meant I needed to complete one page every day for 31 days.