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Tip 22: Do a 30-Day Challenge

26 hot tips to write a book like it’s a Bikram yoga class

Bikram Choudhury (love him or loathe him) is the world’s most infamous yoga instructor who built a wildly successful business based on just 26 yoga postures. So what can Bikram yoga teach us about writing a book?

‘A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.’
E.B. White

A while back, I completed my first 30-day Bikram Challenge. Prior to committing to this goal, I was a haphazard attendee. I frequented a yoga class once a week, sometimes once a month at best.

Up until that point, the whole practice — the postures, the heat, the humidity, the time commitment — was intimidating.

Then something remarkable happened.

The more I went to class, the more I practised the postures.

The more I practised the postures, the faster and easier they became.

The faster and easier they became, the more I started to enjoy myself.

When you set your intention and commit to a clear and actionable goal, you slowly but incrementally move towards that goal.

That’s why many prolific writers — from Bill Bryson to Haruki Murakami and Ernest Hemmingway — have a set routine for how much they write and when.

Even multiple bestselling author Tim Ferris has a writing quota of ‘two crappy pages a day’.

Set an intention with a timeframe that is easily winnable.

My client, speaker and coach Dominick Quartuccio explains ‘intention’ as:

You are clear on what you want to feel, learn, change or experience, even if you don’t know how to get there. Your intentions become your internal compass, guiding you in the good times and the challenging times.
Having intention gives you clarity, a compass, and yet remarkable freedom to allow every day to unfold.

That’s the beauty of a 30-day Challenge — it removes the doubts over whether you have the stamina to persist at something new forever.

You have to persist only for 30 days, no longer.

So set yourself a 30-day writing goal.

Write 500 words a day for 30 days.

Or 3000 words a week for 30 days.

Create a goal that works for you and for your lifestyle.

But commit to it and see how much you write, how fast you write and how much you transform in that time.

Kelly Irving is a storyteller and editorial gymnast. She helps thought leaders and business experts write and publish books. If this article resonated with you, please subscribe to her personal blog to receive the complete “26 Hot Tips to Write a Book like it’s a Bikram yoga class” and more insights to inspire you to write more words.