How to Write A Book FAST: Interview with Camilla Kristiansen, Success and Style Coach
Joanna Slodownik: People make such a HUGE DEAL of writing and publishing a book — it seems like such a daunting task. Maybe they are paralyzed by their own striving for perfection — and worry that if their book doesn’t make it to NYT Best Seller list it will be a failure –and by extension — they would have wasted a lot time and effort, not to mention they’d feel like a failure as well…
What would you say to someone who feels she has things to say, maybe even is already writing a blog or journal — but thinking I cannot publish a book, I’m not a writer, nobody would read my book — basically who gives up before they even started?
Camilla Kristiansen: I would say that you just should do it. If you have a message inside of you, and I think we all have it, then you better get it out of you. I don’t think about it anymore if the thing I write is perfect or okay. I just do it regardless on how I feel and what people might think about me. The thing is that if you want to write a book then now is the time. today. Start with one chapter and then the next one etc. Soon you will have a book. just start and give yourself permission to write.
JS: How did you get started? When and why did you decide to become an author?
CK: I started to write in 2011 in Norwegian. My first book was a style book that I published on lulu.com, which is a great site to publish your own hardcopy books. It’s a print on demand store. Then I wrote 3 more books in Norwegian, more inspiring books for female entrepreneurs who has a dream inside of them. I just wrote it in word and sold it as a PDF book. Now I write 4 books a a month in English because I have so much on my mind and I can’t stop saying it. My message is to follow your dreams no matter what and take daily action. the you will be happy.
How many books have you written and published so far?
CK: 3 in Norwegian and now 15 books on Amazon.com
How long did it take to write them?
CK: I write very fast. 6000 words each day and I did it in 3-4 days. A week is what I give myself to keep it up. My goal is to have over 48 books published on amazon in 2016. and I am on track:-)
What is your writing routine? How do you ‘get in the flow’?
CK: I don’t wait for flow. I just write. I set an intention that I must write, even if I don’t feel like it. Often I write 2 chapters in the morning and then 1 more in the evening. It depends but I never allow myself to get into the flow. I just do it.
How many words do you write in a day?
CK: Between 2000 and 6000. and then I also have my daily blog that I write, but that is a short blog post to kick myself and others women into action.