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How To Write A Book Despite Everything
Very few people actually know how to write a book. Most of those who have written one or more books have usually had to learn how as they went along. Even then, whatever they learned was what worked for them; there is almost no chance the same lessons would work for you.
You can understand, therefore, that anyone who tells you he can teach you how to write a book is not being entirely truthful. He can tell you what worked for him, or for other people, and he may be helpful, but he doesn�t have a magic wand with your name on it.
The thing is, not knowing how to write a book is the easiest obstacle to overcome on the way to becoming an author. If that were the only problem, you would have already finished writing a dozen books. You have been learning how to do things by doing them for your whole life. Learning how to write a book is little different from learning how to ride a bicycle. You keep at it until you get it right.
The real reasons you haven�t written a book are personal and private. Maybe they are common, or maybe they are unique and fantastic. The following are just a few of the reasons I have heard for not writing a book:
I can�t write well enough.
Your reasons are probably much better and more forbidding than these. (Which underscores your innate creative ability, by the way. But I digress.)
So we come to the point of how to write a book despite everything. The point is that if you take these obstacles, your own obstacles, one at a time or all together, and try to overcome them before you start to write a book, you will never start.
How to write a book despite everything is not a matter of overcoming obstacles. Nor is it a matter of ignoring obstacles. You do not pretend they don�t exist. You certainly don�t argue with them, or try to convince yourself they are unimportant. If people tell you that you are wasting your time, or acting foolish, or being stupid, you don�t ignore, argue with, or try to convince them.
If you want to cross a desert, you don�t argue with the heat, and you don�t ignore it, and you don�t overcome it, or pretend it doesn�t exist. You don�t listen to the cautious advisors who tell you that you are stupid, or acting foolish, or wasting your time and will die. No, you grab a hat and some water, and start walking.
That is as far as that analogy will stretch. I hope it was sufficient to make the point.
You want to write a book? Cool. Write a book. When it�s done, you can either go back over it and make it better, or write another one. It�s okay to get help, too. Professional editors, proofreaders, and writers can quite likely take your finished book and turn it into a marketable manuscript. But they can�t do that if you don�t give them a book in the first place.
Most first books are not very good, especially not in the first draft. That�s okay. You learn how to write a book by writing a book. There really is no other way. If you want to get good at it, you write another.
I will give you one hint, just to help you get started. Think about making your first book kind of a short one, to get your feet wet.
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