Today I want to talk about commitment. You know, we all want to write our book. But most of us aren’t full time writers. The same goes for me. And it’s real easy to postpone writing to the following day. And the next. And the one after.

You get the idea.

There’s only one way to make sure your book gets written. You have to commit to it.

Let’s take me as an example. I work full time (40 hours a week), I’m a dad and on the side, I also run my own company. So evidently, my time available to write is extremely limited. Here’s how I deal with it:

  • I’m realistic. In my situation I can’t set aside hours per day. So I limit this to 30 minutes each day. (commitment number one)
    I do this fanatically, so you’ll also find me writing on weekends. Also bar out the time you reserve for this on your calendar. It’s a psychological trick to help you commit to it.
  • In those 30 minutes, I commit to write at least 500 words. (commitment number two)
    You can always write more and longer, but set make a habit out of writing at least 30 minutes and your 500 words. And if you are thinking you can’t make 500, bear in mind that this small article is already over 300 words long. So 500 words is closer at hand than you might think.

But let’s look at the bigger picture here. If you write 500 words a day, for let’s say 30 days in a row, you will have written at least 15000 words in a month. That’s the average size of a Kindle Single publication. Of course, if you want to publish a full blown ebook, I’d set my target at about 30 000 words.

Then again, it’s not the length of the ebook that matters, but the quality of the content. But that’s a topic for another blog post.