How To Start Writing A Book: Plan Your Book Writing Journey

How to start writing a book is the question that will set the direction of your book writing journey.

Where Do You Want To Go?

Every journey starts somewhere and ends somewhere else. Let's say that you want to drive from your home to a place you have never visited before. Planning your route is usually not very complicated. You need your starting point, and you need your ending point.

For example, if you live in San Jose, California, what route will take you to the Grand Canyon in Arizona?

In the age of the internet, mapping your route is much easier than it used to be. You don't have to consult maps and plan your own route. Instead, you can type in your beginning location and your ending destination. An online service such as MapQuest will plan your route for you, give you a map, and driving instructions, including estimated time.


How To Start Writing A Book


It's simple enough to plan your route if you know both your beginning point and your destination.

But if you don't know either your beginning point or your ending point, your journey can take many unexpected turns.

It can be a great adventure if you intend to set out on a journey of exploration. Such trips can be great fun and deeply rewarding. They can also keep you lost and confused.

If you do have a specific destination in mind, you will save yourself a lot of trouble if you know where you are right now. This is obvious enough when you want to go from San Jose to the Grand Canyon. It might not be so obvious when you consider writing a book.

If you think of writing your book as a journey, nothing is more important than knowing where to begin and where you want to go. However, unlike travelers who know clearly where they are starting their journeys, aspiring book writers are not always so clear about where to begin. They might know clearly where they want their book writing journeys to take them. At the same time, they are unclear about the most effective place to start.

Did you ever see "Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade?" Indiana's father has a map showing the exact location of the Holy Grail. However, they cannot find the Grail until they know where to start the journey. Without the right starting point, the map is useless. This is a significant insight about writing a book that gets you where you want to go.

For example, you might want to write a book that gets you on the New York Times Bestseller List. At the same time, you might be very unclear about the most effective place to start your journey to reach that destination.

How To Start Writing A Book At The Very Beginning

One of the things I learned the hard way is the critical importance of knowing where to start. Maybe I was just a slow learner, but as I look back at all that I ever learned in schools, beginning with elementary schools and continuing through advanced university education, I realize how many times my teachers didn't start with at the very beginning in any course of study. In the song, "Do-Re-Mi," from "The Sound Of Music," Julie Andrews as Maria teaches the children how to sing with a song about starting at the very beginning.

Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with
When you sing you begin with
Do Re Mi
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What I Learned The Hard Way About Writing A Book

The "Book Writing Made Simple Series" results from what I learned the hard way about writing. The purpose of the series is to ask simple questions that bring clarity and focus to your writing.

The critical idea is to keep it simple. Simple means that it is clear, easy to understand, and straightforward.

If you can be clear about these simple questions, you will cut through all sorts of confusion and overwhelm to concentrate on writing a compelling book that accomplishes your purpose for writing it.

Although you can begin writing a book with any of the simple questions identified in the "Book Writing Made Simple Series," one question will do more to cut through overwhelm and confusion than any other. "Where do I start?"

How To Begin Writing A Book At The Very Beginning

If you want to make your book writing simple, one of the best decisions you can make is to identify the very best place to start. But how do you figure out what is the very best place to start writing your book?

This question is the focus of Book Writing Made Simple (Volume 1) How To Start Writing A Book With The Right Question.

Topic Highlights include:

  • The Topic Trap
  • What's Your Point?
  • Do You Really Have A Thesis?
  • Pick A Topic You Can Argue About
  • Make Your Thesis Appeal To Your Reader

Book Writing Made Simple (Volume 1) How To Start Writing A Book With The Right Question is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle ebook versions.

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For Your Book Writing Made Simple Success,


Kalinda Rose Stevenson, Ph.D.

P.S. Do you want to know how to avoid a lot of wasted effort and stay on track on your book writing journey, and avoid a lot of wasted effort? Begin by deciding where you want to begin and where you want to go.

P.P.S. Here are what some Amazon customers say about Amazon Best Seller, Book Writing Made Simple (Vol. 1) How To Start Writing A Book With The Right Question (Book Writing Made Simple Series) (Kindle Edition)

"I like to write and there are times when I don't know what to write about or where to get started. After reading this book, I now understand things that were holding me back…" Robert Sciubba.

"…I've already written and published several books, but I truly wish that I had been able to read this book during the early days of my writing career. Doing so would have enabled me to avoid making some of the classic mistakes mentioned in the book, and it would have helped me create more focused and better sequenced drafts and chapter outlines. Well worth the investment - I'm glad that I bought this book!..." Mike.

"...The thought of writing a book can seem like an overwhelming task. "Book Writing Made Simple" is an easy to read, easy to follow book that will help novice, as well as semi-experienced writers who want to write a book, but do not know where to begin. This book focuses on the most pertinent questions that will help you get started in the writing process, while helping you avoid and/or overcome the dreaded writers block..." Amy J. Waldow.

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