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Writing a book seems mysterious. How do you get that great story that's in your head onto the page? Maybe you've tried, and you're disappointed. The words you typed onto the page aren't anything like the words in your head.
You can get what's in your head onto the page if you remember that when the words and ideas are in your head you're seeing the whole thing. However, you write what's in your head in bits and pieces, and it takes time to get your vision into words.
So let's look at how you can write that wonderful book that's in your head and get it onto the page. Once it's on the page, you can sell it, either to a traditional publisher so that it shows up in your local bookstore, or you can publish it yourself, as an ebook.
Here's how to write your book.
1. Write one word, and another one. And another. Don't stop. Sooner or later, you'll have a lot of writing that's book length.
Put the material away for a month or two.
Then read it. Just read it straight through, as though you'd never written it.
2. Next, ask yourself: What is this book about? Summarize your book in one sentence.
Maybe your book's about too many things: you may have written parts of five books. OK, choose ONE thing that your book's about and carve all the material that's relevant to that one thing from the rest.
Now write again - remembering your sentence of WHAT YOUR BOOK IS ABOUT.
3. By the time you finish this round of writing, you've got an initial draft of your book.
You haven't finished. Write at least one other draft, before you show the material to anyone.
The above process is how books get written: one word at a time. Of course you don't read a book one word at a time. You read a book in a few hours. That's the way you'll read your book too, once it's out of your head and onto the page.
New writers (and even writers who've written books before) get bogged down. They expect their complete vision to show up in a few pages. It doesn't work like that. You can only write your book a word at a time. When you read yesterday's collection of words, and the words you wrote last week, remember that you needed to write them, but they may never appear in your book when it's published.
So keep writing. One word at a time. You're writing a book!
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