Are Your Ready to Write a Book? Start Here
Are you ready to write your book now?
If you answered YES to both these questions, then hang on for the ride of your life.
Beware: Writing a book takes a courageous soul, a steady hand, and an in-it-for-the-long-haul mentality.
Leave now if you’re not willing to rewrite until you think your prose is golden, then be willing to slash your precious words by half.
Because in the end, all that matters is a well-told story that your readers can disappear into.
But how do you begin? Where do you begin?
Begin by taking stock of where you are and where you want to be. Start with Stage 1 of the Writer’s Adventure.
Many of you may have heard of Stage 1 of the Writer’s Adventure, or seen it in the free writing course I give to you when you first sign up for my newsletter.That’s okay. Review what you think you already know. You may learn something new about yourself.
Start From Where You Are: Take Stock
Write it down
As a writer, and for your current book, what would you like? This is your Goal.
What motivates you to want it? This is your Motivation.
What scares you about going after your goal? What seems to be between you and your goal? These are your challenges or Conflicts.
What are your Strengths?
Set your timer for 20 minutes and reflect on these questions.
I trust that your answers will generate revealing facts and reflections about yourself.
Once you’ve taken stock, write about the connections you see in your life with the challenges in your story, or the challenge of starting your book.
Write in to share what aha’s you experienced, or new information you learned about yourself.
c. 2009 Beth Barany
You can find the rest of the stages in Beth’s new book, The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book.
This exercise was inspired by Deb Dixon’s book, GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks to Good Fiction. (Pricey on amazon; click on the link to order directly from the publisher. They don’t pay me to say this.)