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How Do You Know That You’re Ready To Write A Book?

How Do You Know That You’re Ready To Write A Book?

NaNoWriMo is on the horizon, which means lots of questions about writing. I had a plaintive cry for help from one woman, who’s been listening to people tell her what she can’t do. Basically, her friends were laughing at her and telling her that she couldn’t write a book.

Oh dear. As you might imagine, that made me very cross indeed. Since none of this writer’s friends are authors, how dare they crush her dreams? (While calling themselves “friends”…) On the other hand, perhaps those friends are helping her more than they realize.

I’ve always said that you will know that you’re ready to write a book when you want to do it — and that you’ll learn what you need to know about writing a book in the process of writing.

With any luck at all, this writer will decide to prove that she can indeed write a book, by writing and publishing one. 🙂

Write a book one idea and paragraph at a time

“How do I know I’m ready to write a book?” is a very common question.

Here’s my answer. If you can write a letter, you can write a book. You just keep writing, putting down one idea after another, and one paragraph after another. Keep writing, and you’ll end up with a book. You don’t even have to love writing, nor do you need to be talented, or even good at writing.

Only writing teaches you writing. The more you write, and the more you want to improve, the more you will improve.

Here’s the thing. No one knows what YOU can do — not even you. So, if you want to write a book, just start writing.

Desire is everything: writing a book will teach you how to write it

Of course people will have opinions. 🙂 To avoid getting side-tracked by those opinions, don’t discuss what you’re doing. Your nearest and dearest mean well when they tell you that you “can’t write a book.” They’re trying to help. (Most of them, anyway.) They don’t want you to be hurt.

When I offer this advice to writers — to write a book, get started and write — they have many more questions. However, if they’re not actively writing, they can’t implement the advice they get. So you need to start writing, no matter how many doubts and questions you have.

NaNoWriMo offers you a great opportunity to discover what writing a novel is like. Basically, it’s a lot of sitting and writing. 🙂

If you’re like the writer above, and wonder if you can write a book — join NaNoWriMo and find out.

Angela Booth’s Easy-Write Process: Write The EASY WAY… Like a Professional Writer

Angela Booth’s Easy-Write Process: Write The EASY WAY… Like a Professional Writer

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If you've ever dreaded writing, or felt that writing was too hard, you'll love the Easy-Write Process.

The Easy-Write Process changed my life; I developed it over several years of struggling with writing. When I taught the Easy-Write process to my writing students, they achieved great results too. Please enjoy the Easy-Write Process -- I wish you much success with it.

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Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

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I developed the tactics and strategies in this book to help myself. My students have found them essential to producing both fiction and nonfiction almost effortlessly.

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Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Want to be a confident writer? Confidence is a mindset, a mental switch if you like, so any writer can be more confident.

Confidence has real benefits:

  • You believe in yourself, so you’ll write, rather than procrastinate. Confident writers know that once you’ve written something, you can sell it, and there are always multiple ways in which you can do that;
  • You’ll enjoy writing more;
  • You’ll get better ideas: you won’t be afraid to tackle big ideas; and
  • Chances are that you’ll make more money from your writing.

Let’s look at five ways you can become more confident.

1. Make writing the center of your life

Writers are always writing, no matter what else they’re doing.

This is a good thing, because writing takes study, and practice. Writers never stop learning. Not only do you need to learn how to write, you also need to learn about psychology, and business. And a million other things too.

Good writers understand themselves, other people, and life. And they write about what they learn. No matter what happens to them, a small part of their mind is thinking: “how can I use this?”

2. Find writing heroes you can model

What kind of writer do you want to be? Perhaps you want to be a copywriter. Or a novelist. Or a screen writer. Decide what kind of writer you want to be, and find models you can emulate.

3. Commit to enjoyment

Do you enjoy writing? If you don’t enjoy writing, it’s much harder than it needs to be. Discover ways in which you can make writing fun.

For example, let’s say you’re writing series of Internet ads for a copywriting client. You’re not enjoying it. Start a small side project, of writing you do enjoy. You might write a blog, or a short story. While all writing can’t be fun, you should aim to have some part of your writing day devoted to writing you do enjoy.

4. Self-talk your way to success

What you say to yourself matters. If you say: “I can’t finish this project. I have no idea why I started it…” You won’t finish it.

On the other hand, if you say: “I enjoy writing. I will complete this project and publish it”, chances are you’ll do exactly that.

5. Eliminate fears of rejection and failure forever

Why should failure, or success, frighten you? Neither success nor failure will make any difference to what you do each day. You write. Whether you do it in a sumptuous villa in Tuscany, or in a humble shared apartment in the town you grew up in, you write.

Stephen King (or whoever your writing hero happens to be — mine is P.G. Wodehouse) wrote every day. As you do. No matter how many successes or failures you have, they can’t affect your writing, unless you let them.

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