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You know you want to write a book, so why does it feel so hard to sit down and do the writing? And once you get in a flow, why is it so difficult to stay in flow? And once you’ve finished writing, how do edit and revise so you know it’s a good book, that you’re proud to sell?
NONFICTION writers, this is a STEP-BY-STEP guide that walks you through how to write a book. These steps will show you:
- the myths about writing that make us feel like we’re not “good enough” to be an author,
- how to develop the good writing routines and a solid timeline,
- how to write a first draft and revise the draft,
- how to bring in beta readers and incorporate their feedback, and
- finally, how to pull it all together into a finished manuscript.
When we’re writing a book, we need inspiration, and we need the “how-to” pieces that we were never taught in school. Start Writing Your Book Today provides both. Over the last 10 years as a writing coach, Morgan has developed a blend of mindset and mechanics to help authors through feeling stuck and into power writing through their books. In this book, Morgan shares her methods with you, so that you can step up and become the writer you know you’re meant to be.
Each step of how to write your book is laid out for you. No more excuses. You’ll be ready to finally start writing your book.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00YOFLDCG
- Publisher : Paper Raven Books (June 1, 2015)
- Publication date : June 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4327 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 166 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0996933123
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
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This book starts out with a bang by destroying the myths that keep people from writing a book. In fact, I just published my first book a few months ago and I wish I had this book years ago. I believe I would have published my book long ago, rather than be paralyzed with the myths Morgan breaks down. For example, I believed I had to write every day, have special connections or be lucky. A lot of these and more are false as you'll read.
To quote Morgan, "..writing is a battle. That battle will be won or lost in your own head. If you believe writing is something only for special people with lots of time, talent, connections, and money, I can tell you right now that you'll never write a book". Amen Morgan! Fortunately, I broke through and wrote my book, but by reading this book and believing it, it will take less time and angst for you to write yours!
I loved the support/self sabotage and writing habits chapters, as they are ripe with nuggets of wisdom that will help you write unfettered. In fact, the writing habits chapter alone is worth the price of the book, regardless of what it is when you read this review!
Finally, you learn about editing and dealing with criticism, a big chapter that all writers struggle with, but like anything, those who can learn from the criticism, rather than taking it personally will have success, I guarantee it!
Your writer appetite will be satiated with Morgan's advice, but then you get to the dessert, which are the appendices. You get a tracking spreadsheet (critical), how to do a reverse outline (saves your bacon and ensures there aren't holes or "run on writing" and finally a reviewers feedback form. These items are valuable of themselves, but to be included in the book just makes it the sweet topping of a writing advice smorgasbord!
I'm following Morgan's advice as I write my second book right now and the process is so much smoother as a result. Get this book, whether you want to write your first book or fiftieth. You can do it and Morgan is giving you the help and encouragement you need!
Much of what I have found in book-writing today glosses over the actual writing process. Books today tend to be written with an eye towards the marketing. This can be a distraction. If a person does not focus on writing the book, there won’t be any marketing! This was a really valuable, “how-to” book that helped me overcome my constraints on writing a book and get the plan and process finally nailed down. Morgan, thanks for the map for my book-writing adventure!
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I really enjoyed the no-nonsense approach of this book and the good advice within.
Morgan Gist MacDonald is a writing coach, and her book is written as though she's the writing coach in your room. I'm not a huge fan of self-help books usually, but I did enjoy this one. I enjoyed the motivation. I did feel as though she were cheering me along, and that made me smile.
The author covers such topics as preventing self-sabotaging - and she keeps on telling you to return to this chapter until you know it by rote - good writing habits, writing the first draft and dealing with criticism. And she dispels a load of writing myths in one fell swoop - well, in chapter one at least.
There are no writing exercises in this book, but there are steps and processes the reader can follow. Follow the advice as you read it and do it while you read, if you prefer. The author advocates the Pomodoro Tomato technique, one I already follow myself, as well as free writing.
This author feels very strongly about finding an accountability partner, and she tells the difference between alpha and beta readers.