Everybody has a book in them but few actually finish one. Prepare yourself to work hard for little more than the pleasure of it.
- Step 1: Write at least three pages every day and quit talking about doing it, which will siphon energy from the actual work.
- Step 2: Stay on a schedule by deputizing a friend who can be tough on you and demand page deliveries on a rigid schedule.
- Step 3: Congratulations! Finishing a book is a great accomplishment whether or not it gets published.
- FACT: The largest encyclopedia – 11,100 volumes – was written in 15th-century China.
- Step 4: Outline the project, using headings, perhaps one sentence, or summarizing each chapter on cards to construct the order of the information.
- Step 5: Research the subject to find details and little-known information. Interview professionals in the field.
- TIP: Seek a writing mentor or coach online or from the local writing community but research their credentials before paying them money. Consider hiring an editor once you've completed your book.
- Step 6: Decide what you want to tell the world and why. Brainstorm regularly and write down anything that comes to mind.
- TIP: Find a quiet solitary space where it’s comfortable to write. Stare out windows and let it come.
- Step 7: Examine your brainstorming for themes and nuggets of inspiration and begin to polish and expand your notes.
- Step 8: Study vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and elements of style on your own or in college classes. Read wide-ranging subjects and practice writing.