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How to Write a Book

Once the idea for a good book hits you, what do you do with it? Before you jump into our Top 5 tips, keep in mind that this is a very general overview of the process that takes you from Idea to Editor. We have an entire Master Course to walk you through each step you'll read below.

Writing a book involves several steps:

  1. Identify the Reader's Outcome then create an outline to organize the book's content.

  2. Write a rough draft, focusing on getting the ideas down on paper.

  3. Revise and edit the draft, making sure the content is clear, well-organized, and free of errors.

  4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as necessary.

  5. Once the book is complete, consider hiring a professional editor or proofreader to review the final draft.

It sounds easy in theory, but only 4% of people who begin to write a manuscript, successfully complete it. Yes, four percent! Don't underestimate the importance of a consistent writing schedule, setting writing goals, and taking breaks to avoid burnout.

Think of writing a book as the literary equivalent of running a marathon. Slow and steady wins the race. Remember that writing a book is a process that will take time, so be prepared for revisions and editing, and find some support to check in with you along the way.

Interested in some accountability on your book writing journey? Check out our manuscript writing course, Idea to Editor.

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