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10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
–Mark Twain

The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting it published. With more opportunities than ever to become an author, the hard part is the actual writing.

In this post, I offer 10 steps for writing a book plus 10 bonus steps. To download all of them for free, click here.

How to Write a Book

As the bestselling author of five published books, I can tell you without hesitation that the hardest part of this life is sitting down and doing the work. Books don’t just write themselves. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work, and this requires discipline.

For years, I dreamed of writing. I believed I had important things to say, things the world needed to hear. But as I look back on what it took to actually become an author, I realize how different the process was from my expectations.

To begin with, you don’t just sit down to write a book. That’s not how writing works. You write a sentence, then a paragraph, then maybe if you’re lucky, an entire chapter. Writing happens in fits and starts, in bits and pieces. It’s a process.

The way you get the work done is not complicated. You take one step at a time, then another and another. As I look back on the books I’ve written, I can see how the way these works were made was not as glamorous or as mysterious as I once thought.

How to really write a book (what’s in this article)

In this post, I’ll teach you the fundamental steps you need to write a book. I’ve worked hard to make this easy to digest and super practical, so you can start making progress.

And just a heads up: if you dream of authoring a bestselling book like I have and you’re looking for a structured plan to guide you through the writing process, I have a special opportunity for you at the end of this post where I break the process down.

But first, let’s look at the big picture. What does it take to write a book? It happens in three phases:

  • Beginning: You have to start writing. This sounds obvious, but it may be the most overlooked step in the process. You write a book by deciding first what you’re going to write and how you’re going to write it.
  • Staying motivated: Once you start writing, you will face self-doubt and overwhelm and a hundred other adversaries. Planning ahead for those obstacles ensures you won’t quit when they come.
  • Finishing: Nobody cares about the book that you almost wrote. We want to read the one you actually finished, which means no matter what, the thing that makes you a writer is your ability not to start a project, but to complete one.

Below are 10 ridiculously tips that fall under each of these three major phases plus an additional 10 bonus tips. I hope they help you tackle and finish the book you dream of writing.

BONUS: Download a quick reference guide for all 20 writing tips. Get them free here.

Phase 1: Getting started

1. Decide what the book is about

Good writing is always about something. Write the argument of your book in a sentence, then stretch that out to a paragraph, and then to a one-page outline. After that, write a table of contents to help guide you as you write, then break each chapter into a few sections. Think of your book in terms of beginning, middle, and end. Anything more complicated will get you lost.

2. Set a daily word count goal

John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer and new dad — in other words, he was really busy. Nonetheless, he got up an hour or two early every morning and wrote a page a day. After a couple of years, he had a novel. A page a day is only about 300 words. You don’t need to write a lot. You just need to write often. Setting a daily goal will give you something to aim for. Make it small and attainable so that you can hit your goal each day and start building momentum.

3. Have a set time to work on your book every day

Consistency makes creativity easier. You need a daily deadline to do your work — that’s how you’ll finish writing a book. Feel free to take a day off, if you want, but schedule that ahead of time. Never let a deadline pass; don’t let yourself off the hook so easily. Setting a daily deadline and regular writing time will ensure that you don’t have to think about when you will write. When it’s time to write, it’s time to write.

4. Write in the same place every time

It doesn’t matter if it’s a desk or a restaurant or the kitchen table. It just needs to be different from where you do other activities. Make your writing location a special space, so that when you enter it, you’re ready to work. It should remind you of your commitment to finish this book. Again, the goal here is to not think and just start writing.

Phase 2: Do the work

5. Set a total word count

Once you’ve started writing, you need a total word count for your book. Think in terms of 10-thousand work increments and break each chapter into roughly equal lengths. Here are some general guiding principles:

  • 10,000 words = a pamphlet or business white paper. Read time = 30-60 minutes.
  • 20,000 words = short eBook or manifesto. The Communist Manifesto is an example of this, at about 18,000 words. Read time = 1-2 hours.
  • 40,000–60,000 words = standard nonfiction book / novella. The Great Gatsby is an example of this. Read time = three to four hours.
  • 60,000–80,000 words = long nonfiction book / standard-length novel. Most Malcolm Gladwell books fit in this range. Read time = four to six hours.
  • 80,000 words–100,000 words = very long nonfiction book / long novel. The Four-Hour Work Week falls in this range.
  • 100,000+ words = epic-length novel / academic book / biography. Read time = six to eight hours. The Steve Jobs biography would fit this category.

6. Give yourself weekly deadlines

You need a weekly goal. Make it a word count to keep things objective. Celebrate the progress you’ve made while still being honest about how much work is left to do. You need to have something to aim for.

7. Get early feedback

Nothing stings worse than writing a book and then having to rewrite it, because you didn’t let anyone look at it. Have a few trusted advisers to help you discern what’s worth writing. These can be friends, editors, family. Just try to find someone who will give you honest feedback early on to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

Phase 3: Finishing

8. Commit to shipping

No matter what, finish the book. Set a deadline or have one set for you. Then release it to the world. Send it to the publisher, release it on Amazon, do whatever you need to do to get it in front of people. Just don’t put it in your drawer. The worst thing would be for you to quit once this thing is written. That won’t make you do your best work and it won’t allow you to share your ideas with the world.

9. Embrace failure

As you approach the end of this project, know that this will be hard and you will most certainly mess up. Just be okay with failing, and give yourself grace. That’s what will sustain you — the determination to continue, not your elusive standards of perfection.

10. Write another book

Most authors are embarrassed by their first book. I certainly was. But without that first book, you will never learn the lessons you might otherwise miss out on. So, put your work out there, fail early, and try again. This is the only way you get better. You have to practice, which means you have to keep writing.

Every writer started somewhere, and most of them started by squeezing their writing into the cracks of their daily lives. That’s how I began, and it may be where you begin, as well. The ones who make it are the ones who show up day after day. You can do the same.

Want to go to the next level? Take the next step and learn how to write a bestseller.

The reason most people never finish their books

Every year, millions of books go unfinished. Books that could have helped people, brought beauty or wisdom into the world.

In one way or another, the problem is always the same. The author quit. Maybe you’ve dealt with this. You started writing a book but never completed it. You got stuck and didn’t know how to finish. Or you completed your manuscript but didn’t know what to do after. But here’s what nobody told you:

The secret to finishing a book is having a process you can trust.

As a matter of survival, I’ve had to create a clear book-writing framework for myself, what I call the “five draft method” which helps me get a book written and ready to launch. This is the part that I never learned in any English class:

In other words, the writing process matters. You have to write a book worthy of being sold. And if you want to maximize your chances of finishing your book, you need a plan. Writing has changed my life. It helped me find my calling and provided an opportunity to make an impact on the world and a living for my family.

If you’re serious about doing the same, click here to learn more.

10 more writing tips

Need some help staying motivated? Here are another 11 tips to help you keep going.

11. Only write one chapter at a time

Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle Singles, Wattpad, or sharing with your email list subscribers.

12. Write a shorter book

The idea of writing a 500-page masterpiece can be paralyzing. Instead, write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small.

13. Start a blog to get feedback early

Getting feedback early and often helps break up the overwhelm. Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it to write your book a chapter or scene at a time. Then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book. This is a little different than tradition blogging, but the same concepts apply. We created a free tool to help you know when your blog posts are ready to publish. Check Don’t Hit Publish out.

14. Keep an inspiration list

You need it in order to keep fresh ideas flowing. Read constantly, and use a system to capture, organize and find the content you’ve curated. I use Evernote, but use a system that works for you.

15. Keep a journal

Then, rewrite the entries in a much more polished book format, but use some photocopies or scans of the journal pages as illustrations in the book. You could even sell “deluxe” editions that come with photocopied versions of the journal.

16. Deliver consistently

Some days, it’s easy to write. Some days, it’s incredibly hard. The truth is: inspiration is merely a byproduct of your hard work. You can’t wait for inspiration. The Muse is really an out-of-work bum who won’t move until you do. Show her who’s boss and that you mean business.

17. Take frequent breaks

Niel Fiore, the author of The Now Habit, says, “There is one main reason why we procrastinate: It rewards us with temporary relief from stress.” If you’re constantly stressed about your unfinished book, you’ll end up breaking your schedule. Instead, plan for breaks ahead of time so you stay fresh: minute breaks, hour breaks, or even multiple day breaks.

18. Remove distractions

Try tools like Ommwriter or Byword or Scrivener to let you write in a totally distraction free environment. That way, email, Facebook, and Twitter won’t interrupt your flow.

19. Write where others are writing (or working)

If you’re having trouble writing consistently by yourself, write where other people are also working. A coffee shop or library where people are actually working and not just socializing can help. If you’re in a place where other people are getting things done, then you’ll have no choice but to join them.

20. Don’t edit as you go

Instead, write without judgment first, then go back and edit later. You’ll keep a better flow and won’t be interrupted by constant criticism of your own work. And you’ll have a lot more writing to edit when it’s time to do so.

And now, let’s get writing

Most books go unfinished. That’s the reality. If you want to be different, you’re going to need a plan. I’ve tried to share that with you in this post. But maybe you want to not only get your book done, but you want to make sure it’s something worth selling.

What do you do, then?

Remember: Before you can launch a bestseller, you have to write one. Fortunately, I’ve broken down that process piece by piece and can share with you exactly what it takes to write a bestseller. To learn more about that and have me walk you through each step of writing a best-selling book, click here.

You can also download a quick reference guide for all of these writing tips here.

Get the tools you need to write your book. Stop dreaming and write a bestseller.

What do you want to write a book about? What is your best writing advice? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Kagiso Daniel Makwela

    Thanks. I already started writing my own book that will offer a guide to people who want to know how to Digitize and this article helped me a lot. I left a blank page after wring my Foreword that I will use for things like names of contributors and references, but what I need to know is the importance of writing a Preface and what precisely is a Preface?

  • KATIE BINGHAM

    I am writing a book write now, I am supper excited!

  • BlueSarangL

    I write something too, on my mobile app in bed. its really going well chapter 4 but still the beginning of it (already know where + how it ends) , of course it needs some edit and stuff but I ll do it after it ends. I actually don’t want it turns into a book but into kinda a manga?

  • Daniel Vidos

    This is an amazingly helpful resource, Thank you Jeff Goins! As I was reading through your amazing resource I realized that I came to similar conclusions while writing and publishing my first 120 page manifesto/book, Lustizmus as in “Lazyism” in Hungarian (which I sold 550 copies of so far making over 1500 USD on it ) and have written a few more that are awaiting editing. Great job, and for all of you looking to share your stories/manifestos/ideas/experiences BEST OF LUCK!! – And remember: it helps a great deal to write regularly as well as to start a book by coming up with titles for your chapters than in point format listing the main points you would like to make in them. It helps a great deal in getting things done and also helps setting you up for a good work flow. Do enjoy it! Thank you again, and again, and again.

  • Great post jeff, I’m inspired

  • pewdie pie

    I want to write a book about the story of my life , and I believe it wil be a best seller,
    but I am a complete novice and just dont know how to plan it out
    I found the tips helpfull, I hope I can pit it into action . maybe I need a gost writer .

  • christina Embry

    I wrote children books and stort of uncle who passed but was know as a Miracle Man but i stuck as i dont know where to get published or how to go about it…One of my friends who had someone who was helping me passed due to cancer now i just have my stories wrote but that it all have done …

    • Tanveer

      I am sorry to hear that. I am also in process of writing a book for kids. Best of luck.

    • Sam Srn

      Just look for a publisher and send them your work; if it’s worthy of publishing, they’ll come back with a contract. Simple. Just worry about quality 🙂

  • Suzanne Galanis

    A million thanks for the direction and inspiration. Now it’s on me.

  • Kaytah

    Thanks for the tips; I’m starting a book right now. I’ve always wanted to be a author/writer! 🙂

  • Sam Srn

    Not everyone can be a writer, some wanna-be can’t even spell or put together a clear sentence

    • Rahil Shaikh

      **Correction – “some wannabe’s”

      • Sam Srn

        never mind dhead* I don’t wanna be an author

        • Beverly Elliott

          YOUR ALLL ASS WIPES.

          • Sam

            You’re*

          • Sam Srn

            and you would be the matter itself

        • Scarlet Browns

          can’t you just say want to instead of wanna? I know Wanna is shorter, but grammatically, it makes NO SENSE at all.

          • Sam Srn

            Scarlet, I could use some of your teachings, surely; what other skills has heaven awarded to you ??? You seem to be so brilliant ! No words

          • Sam Srn

            Are you also some kind of scribbler ??

          • Nexus Wolf

            The Internet is not the place for nitpicking, ye unholy Grammar Nazi! 😛

      • Cuenca Guy

        Correction again…it’s “wannabes”. Sam’s original post was 100% understandable, but then you had to “correct” it with improper grammar, turning it into a possessive.

    • Scarlet Browns

      Um. Excuse me, that was rude. Also, you used a singular term for “Wanna-Be” It should have been plural.

      Sincerely,
      An eleven year old Grammar teacher.

      • Scarlet Browns

        Also, as an eleven year old, I have finished four books, and am planning to publish them.

        #lifegoals

        • Sam Srn

          Oh yeah, surely some illegible scrawl, book of spells. Give us a break, Scarlet O’Hara

          • Scarlet Browns

            I’m sorry for what I said earlier, I didn’t mean it. I just got mad, and I did something rash.

            Sorry Sam.

            P.S. I wish you would stop. I’m not scared of you, but really, Stop posting to me and I’ll do the same for you.

            Deal?

            • Sam Srn

              Deal and get wiser

      • Sam Srn

        Scarlet, your physical attributes keep up with your intellectual ones ?? (do they) :))

        • Scarlet Browns

          good lord. Get this guy off the site, and block him for freaking ever.

          • Sam Srn

            Did I scare you, Scarlet wu 🙂

    • Nexus Wolf

      I, on the other hand, am of the belief that anyone can become a writer as long as they have the determination to actually do it. Bad grammar, poor writing- these are all things that can be fixed with time, and not things that make it impossible for you. The thing I love about writing is that it’s one of those art forms that you can excel in with hard-work. It only takes time.

  • Michelle Penver Esposito

    I want to write a book about my life . The newspaper in England has done 2 stories and so has a magazine. Then here in Florida the newspaper picked up the story. They were only given part of it. So now I feel the rest needs to be shared. I am not a writer by any means. Need a ghost writer. any suggestions?

  • sNav

    I Drove My Son to a Homeless Shelter
    That’s the title. It’s a book about honesty, recovery and hope.

  • Sondra Bailey

    I want to write a book about my life. My story involves my x who is a physician that lived a double life as a drug trafficker, money launder and sex addict. Im overwhelmed and there are so many details. Do I need a ghost writer?

  • Mandisi Yako

    This is very helpful. Never ever dreamt or thought of being a author but I recently started writing.

  • Kimberly M

    I’m looking to write a book about my Grandfather who served in WW2. I’m going off actual facts and stories he tells me in a 25 page letter. He survived War and after being discharged, found peace with laughter and through God. When I got the letter I was a Military Wife and my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. Its going to be a tribute to my Brave Grandfather who saw devastating acts of war on all fronts in Japan. He enlisted at Age 19 as an Army Egineer. After three months of graduating College he wanted to do his part and put his skills to work. It’s going to be very hard but I’m going to do it a little at a time, day by day. I feel it’s a story that should be told.

  • michael

    I want to write a story of my great great grandfather and his two brothers who were sent to Australia as convicts from co clary in Ireland.as I have researched there lives its very inspirational of survival and perseverance
    .of highs and lows and how the most simply of things can bring immense joy.

  • Scarlet Browns

    I’m an eleven year old, and I’m writing a book. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I have a dream of becoming a writer one day. I’ve got writer’s block, and I can’t seem to write chapters more than 5 pages. My mom’s currently working on a book of her own, and she said that for me to get new inspiration, I should introduce a new character. I did, and it’s turning out okay, but he isn’t someone who I can understand. How can I get to know my characters better?

    -Sadie

    • Mike Arrera

      Hey Sadie! I cannot answer your question since I came to this article to contemplate writing a book but I just wanted to say: If you are 11 and want to write a book that is amazing. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s ridiculous- having a passion and goals is very important to being successful in life. At 11 years old all I could think about was video games and building tree forts… Don’t every stop doing what you love!

      • Scarlet Browns

        thanks! That’s really nice.

    • Zaen Wild

      I think it’s would be good if You let the character have the qualities of a person whom You know in real life like Your best friend or so. And Your 11 that’s incredible, You are the one to decide to be what You really wannabe, If You wannabe a writer so be it You’re a writer. Don’t give up. Give Your book all You got! I wish You nothing but the best.

      • Scarlet Browns

        Wow! that’s great advice. Thanks so much!

    • Mohamed Wael

      i am mohamed i need your help
      i am 17
      i need to write a book a bout first aid

    • Luke Hallada

      I wrote when I was eleven too. I tried to create these long master works, and I would suffer from writer’s block. Try writing short stories. When you’re young, your creativity is boundless. When you’re older, you can expand upon these little stories.

    • Réda

      Sadie, I used to write stories when I was your age too. I loved writing and always dreamed of becoming a writer one day. I had the same difficulty you’re describing. It was pretty annoying, but don’t worry. What I advise is that you write small jot notes on each chapter first. How you want the story to play out, how you want your readers to discover the juicy parts. Eventually you can add the extra bits and expand on what you started with. As you grow older, you’ll be inspired by your own life stories.

  • Scarlet Browns

    I any of you have spare time, I need an adult to review my book and give me advice.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mFXmOSMhFzmsRQcF8n8BMnRgzHJ_PpDB-HrxxsWD98g/edit?usp=sharing

    There’s the link, you can only comment.

    • Scarlet Browns

      sorry, meant if, not I

      Stupid autocorrect.

  • Deborah Cahill

    I am appalled at some of the comments below…..why are people creating drama here? I thought this was an intellectual gathering of authors or soon to be authors! I think that the owner of this post should expel the drama queens! Like right now!

    • Scarlet Browns

      Yeah, sorry. That would have been something that happened on account of a VERY bad day and the flu. I want to apologize for everything and anything I said.

      Promise you, miss Cahill, won’t ever happen again.

      Sincerely, Scarlet.

  • Leonard Rudolph

    I am a born again believer that needs some ideas for my book in relation to what i believe.

    • Scarlet Browns

      Well, I’m an atheist but I can maybe help you.

      You should talk about your beliefs in comparison to other people’s. That might help you achieve a better base for your book. Also, I recommend (If this is the type of book you’re aiming to write) Interviewing people. One major hotspot for stuff like that is East Jesus, in Slab City. Never been, but they have a whole mountain dedicated to jesus.

      I wish you the best of luck!

  • Ayush Tiwari

    Hello Jeff can I talk to you personally, I have some doubts, if you don’t mind

  • Aaryan Pathak

    I want to write a book about my perspective of the world.
    Like how i think that humans live in a small zoo, and how our existence is a lie, that we are still asleep and all…
    so when i start writing i can barely write more than 20-40 pages….
    I want to write a book which can change people view as well, any tips how to express my thought in English…and how i can make my book interesting for readers…
    I am 14 and with school and exams, i usually write down my thoughts so how do i express it and start writing a book??

    -Thx for the help, and no negativity would be welcome 🙂

    • laycie carson

      i need the same help.

  • KIDS FUTURE OF INDIA

    Hlo sir..
    I want to write a book about the KIDS..future of india
    how could i start i do not know becoz i do not have any experience to write about it but i thought about then how to PROTECT them. HOW we help for those KIDS who are not able to study Due to money people regonized them… Please give me some insipiration…i have mere dedication about KIDS i love KIDS.. And i want to make a group which can be able to helped those KIDS who actually needs for study some help…

  • Florije V.

    I want to write a book about my life.

    • mark green

      I to will one day write a book about my life the UPS & downs ,good & bad,I feel like I’ve lived 3 lifetimes, and I said at the beginning I will one day write a book not because I want to its I’m that hardheaded if God gives me the time on this earth it will happen right now I’m thinking about who’s real name I will leave in my story some will have to be left out ,ex in-laws would surly sue or say it’s a lie so at this time I’m deciding real true story or a partial true story, but if will be done look for MY ROCKY ROAD. by M.R.Green aka Marcus welby

    • Réda

      I also want to write a book about my life! But I don’t know where to start; my life stories are all over the place haha

  • Ashley Strong

    im currently working on a book about shape-shifters. the book focuses mostly on those that change into wolves. Long ago, the leaders were chosen by, not only their background, but if they can change into a mythical bird as well. Ability passes down through the generations. So now, 2017, The Main characters Trinedy & Tyler face the hardships of Love, Hate, an endless war, and the fate of their land resting on their shoulders. After running from their separate homelands, Tyler from the electric sands of the Desert , Trinedy from the Shadows of the Forest, they meet up with their pals and plan to take down their clans’ worst enemy for years: Aedan, king of the sun. Aedan was the first to ever show the “bird gift” and has ruled over all the element kingdoms for thousands of years. Will they succseed?

  • Eric Zakarin

    I spent the last 3 years of my life fighting against my former employer Wells Fargo. Clearly they are not a very well thought of company these days, but after the experience I’ve been through, which basically ruined my career, took all of my money and turned my life upside down. I went from being one of the Top 100 retirement advisors in the US to a guy who is working out of his basement. The story is a real David vs. Goliath story, except David loses this time. It has international travel, Corporate lies and coverups, big money and a pretty sad ending, though redemption or retribution are still possible. I need help writing this, it is timely, newsworthy and a story that puts a likeable character (me) up against a hated company in a sympathetic way. It has screenplay written all over it.

  • Fantasia Redwood

    Thank you for this!

  • Roxana Rivera

    Im writing a book about my strong-willed, single mother of four girls. Me being the youngest- A woman who had the perfect love story, only to be turned into an abusive marriage by letting alcohol corrupt the man of her dreams. After a terrible accident my mom is left with no choice but to leave Mexico and start over in a new country, what people refer to as “The American Dream”. Struggles from left to right make it almost impossible to find a the tiniest of breaks and happiness. But with hard work, determination, and motivation, she accomplishes not only success, but a bright future for all her four daughters.
    – thats what my book is about 🙂

    my question is: Should I go back to school to learn more vocabulary? or should I make it a goal to read one new book a week? Which of the two options do you think will get me closer to my goal?

    • Frank

      Great idea. Your book will certainly be very interesting. More now than ever… Your insight into the Mexican immigrant population and and second generation Mexican Americans will educate a lot of white Americans. I don’t think you ought to go back to school to increase your vocabulary though, you just need a thesaurus and a well constructed plot. The tricky thing when writing a book is to find the right words and put them in the right order ! Trickier than you might think. You can also have someone proofread, edit and discuss your production with you. If you think can share your work before completion. Good luck!!

  • Eric Zakarin

    spent the last 3 years of my life fighting against my former employer Wells Fargo. Clearly they are not a very well thought of company these days, but after the experience I’ve been through, which basically ruined my career, took all of my money and turned my life upside down. I went from being one of the Top 100 retirement advisors in the US to a guy who is working out of his basement. The story is a real David vs. Goliath story, except David loses this time. It has international travel, Corporate lies and coverups, big money and a pretty sad ending, though redemption or retribution are still possible. I need help writing this, it is timely, newsworthy and a story that puts a likeable character (me) up against a hated company in a sympathetic way. It has screenplay written all over i

  • Jane Park

    I want to write a book about an elf… whose life becomes upside down and gets lost in the unknown world without any of his kin alive to guide him. Still young and naive despite his looks, he gets into trouble…

  • jusme

    I’d love to write a book about Jamaica. More specifically about my journey into a totally different culture. All the highs and lows I have experienced and still am going through in the process of integration while maintaining my individuality.
    Maybe starting to write a blog is the way to go. How do I get readers for my blog so I can get constructive feedback in order to see if my thoughts and writing are of iintetest to others?

  • Nova

    I am currently working on my second book. My first one for this series “Death’s Application”, was an amazing adventure. But I’m kind of stuck on the second one. There is so much detail in the second book and it looks like it will be twice or three times as long as the first one. I find myself getting a little overwhelmed, even when I try to take things one step at a time… even baby steps.. any advice? I have deadlines, word count goals.. I have my little spot for writing… but when I sit down.. I’m just… blank minded. I have a well detailed and thought out timeline that I use….

    I’m not sure what’s going on. I had so much fun writing the first book and now know what to expect, but I’ve never had this kind of writers block. *sighs*

    I’ve even taken breaks… and done something else completely from the book…

    Any advise will go a long way.

    • Hunter

      Try writing in a new spot because maybe you have just gotten so used to writing there that it’s hard to focus now. For me personally I would just stop worrying about short term deadlines or any deadlines and just write whenever something comes to you. Write it in a notebook or on a black word document. Eventually you should start to get back into a writing groove and it’ll just flow out.

  • Kathie Anderson

    I would like to write a book about my life as an addict and a program I was in. Do I use real names or change them?

    • Nova

      Change them for legal purposes. Unless you want them at your door asking for royalties if the book goes anywhere… change them.

  • Zahoor Afridi

    i am really willing to write a book about someone present situation, but i have English language problem, so i would love to wait for it untill my English gets better.

  • Stacey

    Hi there,
    I am a mother of 5 daughters and would like to write a book about raising 5 girls close in age while having one of our girls battle mental health issues from an early age. My book would speak about navigating the waters of mental health care and how the entire family is impacted. I wonder if I would need to hire a writer in order to be taken seriously and have it potentially published?

  • Nita

    Hey,
    I’m 15 years old (from Austria) and I have this dream about writing and publishing a book…
    I already started and I know what it will be about. But for some reason my inspiration is going away every time I sit down in order to write. Has anyone an idea what to do?
    I love writing, but I think it is because I dont think anyone will read a book of a 15-year-old Girl.
    Furthermore when I write, I see the scenes clearly in my head, every character has it’s face and voice. I am afraid that my words sometimes dont say what I mean, or, even worse, they dont make any sense because I write too much/less about specific scenes…
    (I’m sorry if that sounds strange, I’m from Austria and not sure how to say in englisch..)
    I am thankful for every answer

    • James Yeager

      You obviously have the skills in either language, but need to understand creativity seems to come easier to young people who can ignore the inner self doubt and focus on their quest. Look at the world of music and acting, the audience prefers young fresh faces and new ideas. You should read the Lorry Raja a story written by an impoverished young girl from India who wanted to tell her families daily struggle. Good fortune to you!.

  • Bluebell

    Amazing post!
    I’d love to write a book full of flash fiction stories, but I’m not sure about it, I think I’m scared nobody would like it, and even though that’s no way to think, I can’t help it. Any advice?

  • vedant

    hey i am vedant a 12 year old boy i have a stared writting a book on a dragon recetntly and gonna have 8 books seris in it how much time should i take

  • vedant

    and also i can not spend money on books
    as my parents do not allow so how can i publish my books without use of money

  • Tessa

    I like to become an author.

  • Anna

    I am interested in writing a book about caregiving for elders. I have worked in the field for 32 yrs and want to both educate and inspire newcomers in the field by making them aware of the realities of this work and offer practical information to guide them along.. and also help out folks searching for a care provider for their loved ones.
    I also would like to share my many heartfelt stories and lessons learned, and at the same time attempt to shed a light on about the plight of elders in our country these days and the struggles they face daily, to hopefully bring more awareness and empathy towards them. I am appalled at some of the things I see but I am also amazed by the incredible people I have encountered along the way.
    So…I am confused, do I make it a guide manual to teach/train or make it a series of my many stories to enlighten folks about the beauties of the aged…or both?
    I am new at this so not sure which direction would be best. And is this a good topic of interest to write about? Any advise would be appreciated and welcome. TY

  • Dominika

    Great text, thank you so uch for that! I really struggle with the empty-page-syndrome as well as with productivity, I guess it’s the fear of failure that’s blocking me. Your article was quite comforting and made me start anew. Unless I give up again, one never knows. Thanks anyways!