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How to Write Your Own E-book
Selling information products is the most profitable venture
that can be promoted on the Internet. However, there are some problems
that web marketers must face in order to create a
truly valuable e-book. Not everyone has these problems, but
many people do (I certainly did when starting out).
Without a doubt, the biggest, meanest and most vile
of these problems is not knowing how to write.
Writing, for some of us can be as hard as trying to
swim upstream in chocolate pudding; but I learned
that by following some simple steps, you can create
wonderful information products in a snap.
Here are a few tips I've learned that have helped me
create books, reports, sales letters, etc.
Before you begin a long trip, you have to decide
where you want to go. You have a destination in mind.
Otherwise you'd be wandering all over the place, maybe
know some interesting places, but you'd never arrive
anywhere you'd truly want to be.
The same happens when writing. The first thing you have
to do is decide what you are about to write and jot it
down on a piece of paper. State your goals.
Now do some research and thinking about your work. What
do you want the e-book to say? What are the key points?
you want to make by writing this? What are the stories
you want to tell? Who are the people that will read this
e-book (target market)?
Do not write the e-book yet. Just think about it and
scribble your thoughts. Put them on index cards or in
a small notebook - this will help you keep the path of
This is called the 'idea-gathering' stage. Think. Talk.
Daydream. And then take notes on all that you have thought of
DAYS 3 & 4
This is the day when all the actual writing is going to
happen. Relax, sit at your computer (or typewriter),
unplug the telephone and WRITE!.
Write non-stop. What you have to do here is write without
thinking at all. The greatest obstruction to creative
and effortless writing is thinking. This may sound like
a paradox but it's not. We've all become too paranoid
about the rules of grammar and proper English usage. For
this step of the process: forget the rules! Forget *ALL*
Write! Don't stop to punctuate or check your spelling or
look up a fact. Just write. Get as much on the screen
(or on paper) as you can handle. Be enthusiastic about it.
If you don't know what to write, write
"I don't know what to write. I don't know what to write..." until you DO know
what to write. Just keep writing, keep your fingers moving.
Don't care what your writing looks like or how it sounds.
You are not going to hand this material to anyone, this is
for your eyes only and it will be edited.
This is the day when all the editing will take place.
Be ruthless about your writing and clip out (delete)
anything that doesn't help you convey your messages.
Punctuate. Check your grammar and your spelling.
After you are done, go to a copy shop and make a couple of
copies of your work; then hand it to 5 friends. Ask for
their opinions and for their suggestions, ask them to write
them down and scribble on the copy you handed them. They
Get the copies back and change what you feel needs to be
changed. Not every single thing they tell you needs to be
fixed, but if four or five of your friends tell you about
the same error... correct it.
Leave your work alone for a couple of days and then come
back to it, read it as if someone else wrote it. Stuff will
jump to your face, correct that too.
This article was written by Miguel Alvarez.
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