But one night after an aspiring writer asked me about how I wrote, I sat down and began to write – about what I knew about writing.
I didn’t think I knew much so I didn’t anticipate writing long. But a few hours later I was still at it. I remembered all the good advice I’d been given over the years, all the writers and readers who’d helped me.
So I kept writing late at night after I had done my fiction writing. I realized how much I wanted to share what I’d learned. As I was writing, I knew I also wanted to help aspiring writers who always wanted to write a book, but just kept putting it off.
I had been one of those people. I kept thinking there would be time because one day I was going to write a book. I’m sure it was fear. But suddenly I had a milestone birthday and I thought, “Darn, if I don’t do this pretty soon, it isn’t going to happen.”
I really didn’t want to be one of those people who on her deathbed was still wondering if I could have succeeded at writing novels. I was also sick of listening to myself talk about someday writing a book.
So I figured out a way to write – and hold down a day job, raise a family and have a life. I used to think that if I didn’t have a week or at least two days without anything else going on, I couldn’t possibly write. As if that ever happens.
But I figured that if I could do it, maybe I could help someone else.
The book is all about getting aspiring writers to WRITE, so there are writing assignments that are scenes that can be used in their book. I also included my workshop, Six Sure-Fired Ways to Start Your Book. The whole idea was to help aspiring writers to get over that hump – and write. Once they were writing, I hoped they wouldn’t want to stop.
So that is how Write Your damn Book came about. (The title is what I tell myself. 🙂 It is now available digitally only at Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DFN0B6M