Write a book in three days – the hardest part is getting started

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No time to write a book? Nonsense. I’m a great believer in writing in the nooks and crannies of your life – in your lunch hour, while you’re waiting for a meeting to start, and in the half hour before bedtime.

You can write a book, no matter what other commitments you have.

Unfortunately, getting started is a challenge, especially with a novel. Often you’ll write 50 pages just to get the right “voice” or tone for the novel. Once you’ve found your voice, the novel bubbles out.

This article How to write a book really, really fast makes the point: “Participants are allowed to bring in a plot outline, but McLeod says he didn’t get mired in the details. His notes on character development consisted of little phrases: Leonard thinks about God. Leonard meets a girl. Leonard wonders if he is gay.

‘I knew if I could get the voice down for my character, the actual plot — getting him from place to place — would be fun,’ McLeod says. Fuelled by coffee and Rockstar Energy Drink, the spoken-word poet spent the entire first half of the first day on his novel’s opening paragraphs. Once he had turned 20 pages of free-flowing ideas into an opening stanza in a straightforward, slightly comical tone that he liked, the flood gates opened and the novel poured forth.”

So don’t believe that “I can’t write a book” if you take a while to find the right voice for the book. Finding the book’s tone is half the battle. If you want to write – do it. 🙂

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.