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Book Writing: How to Get the Writing Done

book writing coach Lisa Tener
Your Book Writing Coach

On a call with my mastermind partners today, I suggested we use the 5-question format I use with my book writing students for accountability (courtesy of my mentor and friend Mitch Feigenberg):

  • What did I say I’d do?
  • What did I actually do?
  • What worked?
  • What didn’t?
  • What’s next?

Out of my 3 commitments, I’d completed 2. I’d already scheduled commitment 3 in my calendar, so just scheduling again for this week wasn’t going to work. Instead, I decided first to be realistic. 8-10 hours just wasn’t happening–too much to do to support my Bring Your Book to Life participants. I scheduled a more realistic 4 hours and I also remembered a trick I’d shared with clients in the past: Call an accountability partner before the writing and after.

So, I’m calling Richard before I start writing my articles and again when I complete each work period. Will it work? I’ll let you know. What tips do you have for staying accountable and getting past procrastination?

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Victoria Burdo says

    First, I wish you the best of luck with staying on track and such. While avoiding procrastination will never be easy. Setting multiple goals over a course of time will be helpful if you do this step by step. You can also think of creative reminders to post in different places, some with check marks so you can get them off the list when your done. Be creative, there are plenty of ways to remind yourself to stay on track!

  2. Lisa Tener says

    Thanks for the tips Victoria.
    It did work. I did stay on track. I didn’t call Richard, but he kindly called me and I was able to say I did my writing.
    Interestingly, I think I was challenged by a lack of clarity about the book. Now that my co-author and I have a whole new level of clarity, the writing has been easy and very productive.

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