The idea of writing of book popped in my head about 18 months ago, and it’s never let go. I have a story I feel like I’m supposed to share. But writing is hard – at least that kind of sustained writing. I’ll start and make progress for a few days, and then fall off the wagon again.

Then I read about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and knew I had to try it. Basically, folks all around the world dedicate themselves to writing 50,000 words in November. There’s all sorts of online support, and even a local group.

Yesterday was the official kickoff. To be on track, I should have written 1,667 words. (Let’s just say I’m about 1,500 in the hole already.)

But I don’t consider the day a total waste. I finally read Michael Hyatt’s guide to Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal. It had been sitting on my “To Read” list for months.

The roadmap he outlines is amazing – simple, yet profound. I’m thinking it’s going to take 2 or 3 days to sketch out my overview before I get started. And then I should be on a roll.

This week, my goals are:

  • Dedicate at least 1 hour each day to this project
  • Complete first draft of my book outline

Whether it’s NaNoWriMo or something else, do you have a big project for this month? What could you accomplish if you focused your energy? It’s not too late to get started.