There comes a time in every business leader’s life when their thoughts turn to writing their first business book. We’ve seen many incredibly successful business executives tie themselves in knots around their first book project. It’s as if they’re back in college, and their toughest teacher has assigned an impossible task—write the Greatest Business Book. In that moment, rationality often tragically disappears. They start with the desire to “make mom proud” and somehow produce exhausting tomes that few people will ever read cover-to-cover.
So, before you put that first sheet of crisp linen paper into your Underwood typewriter, here are three tips for writing a business book you can learn from the struggles of three famous novelists.
Greatness Takes Time
Each of these authors—Tolstoy, Melville, and Joyce—produced great pieces of writing, but they were full-time writers working at the peak of their profession. It’s unlikely that you’re going to produce the Great Business Book in the evenings, after you come home from your day job. If you feel the passion to write a business book, remember these three tips: sharpen your focus, stick to the essentials, and make your ideas easy to understand.