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One of the most important things about making sure that you hit your goals when it comes to getting your ebook done and out to the world is to ensure that you have a writing workflow that works really well for you.

In this article, we will show you how to optimize your writing workflow.

Writing Workflow for Your First Ebook in 4 Simple Steps

1. Repurpose
2. Work in a way that works well for you
3. Plan your productivity time
4. Set the environment

There are many ways to approach putting together the content for your ebook, and it might be that a combination of a few of these steps works for you.

Either way, this article will help you ensure that you have a writing workflow that really suits you and your productivity style. It will help you focus on your ebook project to hit your goals.

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Writing Workflow 1. Repurpose

Repurposing content is an amazing way to create your ebook.

It might be that you have a blog series or existing podcast material, interviews or videos which can be transcribed or repurposed to form the basis of your ebook.

If you are repurposing content directly from your blog, lift the text and push it all together into one document in an app like Evernote or Google Drive to take a look at the text in situ and see how it all works together.

You may find that few edits are needed; just a few tweaks here and there to make the material cohesive.

Refer back to your chapter plan and step-by-step action plan to make that sure you are putting the content in the right places. It can be all too easy to become distracted!

If you are reusing podcast interviews or video material, send the audios and videos to a transcription service such as Rev.com, and edit the transcript documents when they return to you and ensure that they make sense to fit into the ebook itself.

Writing Workflow 2. Work in a way that works well for you

You might find that you are someone who prefers to speak aloud your thoughts and your content or to pull together articles and information from various sources.

You may find that you are someone who likes to speak aloud their thoughts and finds it easy to discuss what they are thinking about. If this sounds like you, experiment with the way that you write.

Try dictating to a smartphone or an app, and send in that dictation audio to be transcribed. You can then jump into a document afterward and edit it to make sure it is all making sense.

You might also consider doing things like a webinar or Facebook Live where you can easily get interaction from your audience and your customers in real time; this might spur on some conversations which you can use to fuel the content of your ebook.

Again, you can have these conversations and videos transcribed and edited to form the basis of your content.

Focus is important for a great writing workflow, and strategies for focus

Writing Workflow 3. Plan your productivity time

We all have different times of the day where we find it easier to focus and to get tasks done, especially when writing an ebook. Some times of day are better for big projects, while others are better for something which needs to be broken down into smaller chunks.

It might be beneficial for your writing workflow to identify whether you are most able to focus and be productive in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the evening, and to set aside some time in your calendar to focus entirely on your book itself.

You might find it useful to use something like a Pomodoro timer; you can try a Chrome extension or just use your smartphone as a timer and work in small chunks to help you stay focused.

Writing Workflow 4. Set the environment

It can be really useful to set the environment for productivity and use music which could help your brain achieve a state of focus and productivity so you can get the work done without feeling overwhelmed or distracted.

Consider using Spotify playlists for focus or calm, or try one of the YouTube videos that are specifically designed to help you with a KILLER workflow.

The most important thing is to find a writing workflow that works for you. For some writers, it’s as simple as just sitting down to write.

What works best for you? Let us know here!

About the author

Jo Gifford

Jo Gifford

A widely read contributor to Huffington Post, Selz, Regus, Prowess, YFS Magazine and many more interwebz rabbit holes, Jo is a respected UK voice on life as a pocket-sized enterprise owner.

Jo’s background – a seasoned blogger, copywriter, podcaster, and graphic designer with an MA and research interest in creative thinking for small business – makes for an eclectic and colourful killer content approach.

2 comments

  1. Gail Zugerman

    JO –thanks so much. What you have written is incredibly helpful in jumpstarting my ebook!

    I am currently a blogger and am creating a Podcast.

    1. Tara Storozynsky Selz

      Tara Storozynsky

      Hi Gail, so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for reading FounderU and commenting.

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