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Ideal for aspiring authors who only dream of actually finishing their works in progress, this guide features proven, field-tested tools guaranteed to successfully complete that romance, expert guide to business success, or great American novel. The chapters simplify the writing process by breaking it down into a series of discrete tasks, from creating a schedule in order to finish within a reasonable time, brainstorming sections of the book, and organizing ideas into chapters to rewriting, editing, submitting for publication, and even marketing. This reference is tailored to help writers avoid distractions and delays by establishing and maintaining a powerful writing momentum, thereby carrying their projects to completion. The psychological blocks that prevent writers from completing their manuscripts as well as how to combat them are also explored.
Write Your Book Now!
There’s a story told that supposedly explains how Michelangelo carved his magnificent David. The theory is that Michelangelo started with a block of marble and then chipped away everything that didn’t look like David. The tale is mythical, of course, but it is apropos here because that’s how you’ll begin this book-writing adventure—by chipping away at the project until it begins to look like a book.
In this step of the program, you’ll begin shaping your book. Remember, I said that no one can write a book. One can only write a part of a book, which is how you’ll begin to shape your book—by writing only part of it. And it will be a very small part indeed. Just as we mentioned earlier that you carve a 16-ounce porterhouse steak into bite-sized chunks, now you’ll begin writing your book by creating small, manageable chunks.
Sketch Out an Initial Idea
Start with one chunk.
Let’s assume for the moment that you want to write a book about sculpting portraits in clay. Where do you start chipping away at that? Well, think of something—anything—that you want to tell your readers. Jot that something down and, while you’re thinking about it, jot down a few supporting ideas. There—you’ve now begun to shape your book.
Let’s say that the first thought that pops into your mind is that the readers should know what tools they’ll need to work in clay. Fine. You jot down that idea and label it “Tools You’ll Need.” You begin to fill out the idea by noting several of the basic tools that are essential. You may also make a note to tell the readers where they can obtain these implements and approximately how much they’ll cost. Maybe you’ll make a note to explain briefly how these tools are used and for what purpose. You might even remind yourself of an entertaining anecdote about someone who tried to get by with the wrong tools.
There. You have now noted one major idea—quite possibly the basis for a full chapter—of your book. It may not be the first chapter, but at this point that’s not important. It is the stuff of a chapter and you have got it recorded.
Sketch Out Another Idea
Now, think of something else you want to tell the reader about sculpting in clay.
Let’s imagine that you realize that the eyes are a particular challenge in carving a clay portrait. OK, you label your next segment “Shaping the Eyes.” You note any ideas that would support this chapter, e.g., eye-sculpting techniques used by the masters of the craft, major mistakes to avoid when shaping eyes, etc. This probably wouldn’t be Chapter 2 in your manuscript, but it will probably find a home in your book somewhere.
One by One, Sketch Out the Other Ideas
You Have for Your Book You now have ideas in place for two chapters. They’re certainly not finished products; they’re merely notes to yourself at this point. But they are parts of the book you intend to write.
Now, continue to think of things you want to say. Jot them down and add any supporting ideas that pop into your head. Remember again that you’re not writing the entire book; you’re writing parts of your book. The idea here is to let ideas flow from your mind onto the paper. Get as many concepts as you want to cover jotted down so that you can organize and arrange them later in this process of completing your manuscript.
|Title:||Write Your Book Now!||Publisher:||Independent Publishers Group|
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