For many, the idea of writing an entire book is overwhelming. And we get it. It’s a big project. But the good news is that you don’t have to write an entire book all at once. In fact, we recommend breaking your book down into small chunks.
Writing in small chunks has a few key benefits. First, it makes the writing process less daunting. When you’re only focused on writing a few pages at a time, it’s much easier to get started and to keep going.
Second, it helps you to stay focused. When you’re only working on a small section of your book, it’s easier to keep your thoughts and ideas organized. You’re less likely to get sidetracked or lost in your thoughts.
Finally, writing in small chunks allows you to be more flexible with your time. If you only have an hour to write, you can still make progress on your book by working on a small section.
So how do you go about writing in small chunks? Try setting a simple word count. For example, you might set a goal of writing 1,000 words per day. This may seem like a small amount, but it adds up quickly. If you write 1,000 words per day for a month, that’s 30,000 words!
In her book Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott says:
E.L. Doctorow once said that “writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.
When writing your book don’t look at how much you have to do. That will result in you feeling overwhelmed. Rather, focus on the small chunk you are writing that day. Focus on finishing that small amount and believe that you’ll be able to do the same thing the next day.