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First step towards writing a book

“The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual writing” - Jeff Goins

Writing just doesn’t happen. You write a sentence, then a paragraph and miraculously you complete one whole chapter. It’s a process. You take one step at a time, then another and then another. To start writing a book all you need is an idea, one simple idea but it is very important to stay motivated and dedicated to complete writing a book. It gets easier when we divide writing a book in 3 phases.

Phase 1: Getting started

We all have to start somewhere. With writing a book, the first phase is made up of four parts:

1. Decide the main idea of the book

The book should be divided into 3 parts: the beginning, the middle and the end. First write the idea of the book in a sentence, then stretch it into a paragraph, and then to a chapter and so on. After that you can make a sort of index so that you can break each chapter into a few sections.

2. Set a daily goal

The goal shouldn’t be to write a lot but to write often. It is not necessary you write 1000 words in a day, then take a rest the next day. Rather than that you can write 500 words every day. The daily goal should be realistic and attainable. Once you start completing your daily goals you feel more motivated and dedicated to complete your next goal and that’s where the momentum starts building.

3. Set a fixed time to work on your book daily

We all have our daily routines that we do. You need to make writing the book a part of that routine. Only when you will be consistent, then you’ll be able to complete the book. You should set a deadline to write your book. Of course, holidays are necessary, but you need to time the holidays such that you do not miss a deadline or finish that work beforehand. You need to make sure that other tasks do not clash with your writing time because when it’s time to write, it's time to write.