From Reader to Writer

There are few greater pleasures in life than curling up with a good book. Reading is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from life for a little while and explore a world outside your own. But recently, I’ve decided I want to make the transition from a reader of great books to a writer of great books.

How does one cross the threshold from reader to writer?

But where on earth to you even begin to write a great book?

I attempted to write a book a few years ago. Do you know what I called the file? “Book I will probably never finish”. Seriously. That’s what I named the file. And it turned out, I was right. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I spent no time developing my plot, subplot, characters, world, or really anything needed to create even a mediocre book. I didn’t do the work. Now I have a file in the archives of my hard drive that will likely never see the light of day. I gave up. But a lot of that had to do with the fact that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. What I learned from that experience is that one does not simply sit down, start hacking away at a keyboard and magically come up with a viable book.

So I used what I learned from that experience. This time I did my homework! I started this process by creating a catalog of resources. As new questions about this process have come up, I’ve taken a time out to do more research and expand my catalog. It has been an eyeopening experience and I have learned so much. I assembled a toolkit to help me on my way. None of this research will guarantee me a successful book. But this time, I have a fighting chance of actually finishing my book.

Learn from my mistake! Do your homework before you even write a line.

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