SavvyAuthors Blog: 9 Practical Tips to Start Writing a Book

According to The Huffington Post, 80 percent of Americans want to write a book. Think about that for a moment. That’s eight in every 10 people. That isn’t to say, however, that all of those people succeed in completing said books. Many (if not most) don’t.

Joseph Epstein in a New York Times article discourages would-be novel writers from even picking up their pens (or opening their computers) in his opinion piece:

Before I had first done so, writing a book seemed a fine, even grand thing. And so it still seems—except, truth to tell, it is a lot better to have written a book than to actually be writing one. Without attempting to overdo the drama of the difficulty of writing, to be in the middle of composing a book is almost always to feel oneself in a state of confusion, doubt and mental imprisonment, with an accompanying intense wish that one worked instead at bricklaying.

Let’s be honest: writing a book is hard. Really hard. It’s hours of grueling work, second guessing yourself, and purposefully choosing not to do other activities (such as hanging with friends or family) in order to complete this task you’ve set before yourself. It’s hours of sleep lost, time with the kids shortened, letting Netflix go unused all to set that story bubbling within you onto a page.

 

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