Writing a Great Nonfiction Book, One Page at a Time

Writing Prompt of the Week #1: Goals and Platform

platformBegin with the end in mind. This is the advice of the late Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 25 million copies since it was first published in 1989. If it worked for him . . .

Read my post on four questions to help you determine your writing goals. Then consider the following questions and discuss your answers with somebody who knows you and your ambitions well:

  1. What are your goals—personal and professional—and how do they relate to writing a book?
  2. How will you promote the book?
  3. Do you already have a platform (a brand or presence) through which you are connecting with a potential audience? How are you connecting with them?

WPotW is a series of posts designed to take you from idea to finished first draft in forty weeks or less. If it’s enough time to grow a human being, it should be enough time to produce a first draft. Occasionally I’ll post more than one, and you can certainly work through more than one a week to shorten your timeline. Where you go after the first draft is up to you. Hint: Second, third, fourth drafts.

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