Synopsis: Want to become a successful author? If so, you’re going to have to crank out books. And not mediocre books but high-quality ones.
Why? Because that’s what readers expect and want. Regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if you want to get established as an author, you need to be productive. Highly productive. You can’t just write one terrific book and call it good, expecting that singular work to carry you atop the wave of success for years to come.
Studies show readers want 3-4 books a year from their favorite authors. And to build traction and a growing audience, authors need to deliver. But how many writers have the time to write that many books? In today’s busy world, amid distractions and demands, it’s hard to carve out time to write even one book a year. But plenty of super-busy people find time to crank out numerous high-quality books. And in this in-depth look on the topic, you’ll learn the strategies that help them—and will help you—be super productive. If you want to grow your readership, you need to write the best books you can—and that means strategizing to optimize every factor that impacts your writing.Here are some of the things you’ll learn in Crank it Out!
:How to dig deep into the Productivity ABCs—attitude, biology, and choices—and analyze yourself to prepare to make the needed adjustments to be super productive
How to spot destructive attitudes and rewire them to allow you to break through to success
How to determine your biological prime time and identify your peak hours to write in order to get the most out of your writing time
How to hack around your excuses, bad habits, and distractions that are blocking your way
How to alter your sleeping, eating, and other behaviors to ensure peak performance
How to thwart self-sabotage and perfectionism, which prevent you from becoming the super-productive writer you long to be
Plenty of people who work full-time, have heavy family responsibilities, or deal daily with chronic health issues or physical challenges find ways to crank out books. They do so because writing is important to them. How badly do you want it? Now’s the time to stop making excuses and start becoming proactive. Instead of complaining you have no time to write, take the challenge this book presents. There’s a surefire way to becoming a super-productive writer, and it’s as simple as ABC.
My Take: First, I have to confess. I couldn't finish reading this book. I tried, I really did. For almost a MONTH! I read 70% religiously, despite the struggle, then scanned to 89% and honestly, I don't know if I will finish scanning the rest. Here's just a few reasons why:
ABC stands for Attitude, Behavior, and Choices. I get the desire to go with the ABCs, but for me, ABC mean "Airway, Breathing Compression" first and foremost, thanks CPR! And "Always Be Closing" thanks to years in sales. If the ABCs had been more specific to writing, it might have made a deeper impact. (I totally had to look up before writing the review. That's how little of an impact it made.)
Early on she talks about the importance of focusing on finding quality time to create quality work, but this book really struggled with organization and structure. Honestly, it felt like she just vomited words about all the tips she's learned over the years, and then tried to structure it after the fact. Combine that with the multiple glaring grammar and spelling errors, and that at 89% of the way through the book I didn't feel like I had learned anything new, I was just so done.
Perhaps the issue is that this is more designed for a new author, or someone who hasn't spent a ton of time on self-improvement and studying motivational speakers. That being said, if you are one of those people, you will get clearer and more actionable materials from Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins (who specifically focuses on writing), and by studying the 90 day year by Todd Herman. Spend a couple of hours watching Tony Robbins on Youtube, and you will get better actionable materials.
If you are an author and would like a more detailed review, head over to my author site, Angell's for Authors, to read more of the review.