Will you write your book this year? Index cards help

Will 2013 be the year you write your book and get it published?

It could be — it’s not too late to start.

Although writing a book can seem intimidating, you’ll complete your book if you take it step by step.

Start with an outline.

Your outline can just be a simple list.

Then, get a stack of index cards. Use one card per idea.

If you’re writing a novel, you could have one card for a character’s name, another card for his bio, and yet another card for a scene in your book.

If you’re writing nonfiction, write your research on index cards — one research note per card. Use cards for each idea or insight you want to include — choose yellow or blue cards for those with your own ideas. Then you can see at a glance whether a card contains research, or insights.

Once you have a stack of cards an inch high (you’ll soon have the stack if you carry your cards around with you), spread them out on a large surface, or pin them on a cork board.

You’ll soon become inspired. Then, just start writing. (Keep carrying your cards around with you, creating new cards daily.)

Index cards can seem like a low-tech solution, and they are, but they really help you to start writing, and complete your book.

I wish you all the success in the world. 🙂

Here’s some great advice to help you

* Write a book: advice from a master, Bernard Cornwell

British novelist Bernard Cornell gives you writing tips.

* Write a Book and Make It Profitable

Did you know you can plan to make your book profitable?

* Write a book: start with your life

If you’re reading this, you have more than enough information and experience to write a book — start with the events of your daily life.

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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.