It’s a question I get asked regularly, especially when I’m speaking from stage…
“How long does it take to write a book?”
I get it! You want to know how to plan your work load, your life, your biz, and your book’s launch.
Unfortunately this is one of those “it depends” answers.
A book is a project with a clear starting and ending point. (Idea to completed first draft). But the path between those two points can get… murky.
Think of it this way:
I want to vacuum my house. I have to get the vacuum and plug it in – regardless of how large my house is, I must do that step. (Call this the idea step!)
Then, I have to vacuum. But do I dust first? Is that really part of vacuuming? (This can be thinking about companion products to your book – like an opt-in gift.)Why writing a book is like vacuuming the house! Click To Tweet
Is this the week where I do a quickie vacuum or when I really move furniture and get in all the cracks? (This can be the difference between a shorter book (20,000-30,000 words) or a longer book.)
How big is my house? Am I vacuuming every room or just the main areas? (Think about your book – are you trying to be the definitive guide or an introduction?)
The end goal is to have the house vacuumed – clean floors. But the time to get from getting the vacuum out and plugging it in until I’m done and wrapping up the cord and putting it away… That varies!