How to Write a Book

Gretchen Stewart How to write a book

I've had a lot of people come to me asking about how to get started with writing their book.

I know, it can seem quite daunting at first. It's something most of us WANT to do but so many factors hold us back. Very few of us follow through.

Since I was young, I wanted to write a book. But, I questioned my ability. I've read so many great books my whole life and felt I could never live up to my standards!

Between questioning my ability, I also asked myself "who" would want to read what I have to write, I held myself back for years.

As my confidence grew (maturity and personal development helped with that), I became less afraid. And then, when I decided to share from the heart I knew it was right. Yes, maybe I'll never write to my standards but I can't be wrong sharing something I'm passionate about that would only BENEFIT others.

So, I started little by little. I wrote every day. Even if it was garbage, I got in the habit of writing. Eventually, I got better at expressing myself. Then, the more I wrote the more "things" just came to me. And slowly but surely, a book was formed.

If you want to write a book, my biggest recommendations to you are:

1. Write. No matter if nobody will read it. Regardless of grammar, just do it. Even if it's just a brain dump! Get in the habit of writing a little each day. You'll be amazed at what starts to form!

2. Don't edit! Shut off that inner editor when you are writing. It takes two different parts of the brain to write vs edit. Make mistakes and edit later! That's a completely different mind shift and first, you MUST tap into your creative side. Express yourself! After the first draft is done, you can go back and edit and stuff will come to you. And don't forget, if you plan on publishing, you'll have a professional editor and proofreader help you later on!

Happy writing my friends!
Gretchen