Start at the End
Give yourself an end date for the project, and work backwards from there. It doesn’t need to be a tight deadline, but make sure you don’t cut yourself too much slack. Aim for a realistic finish date, and commit yourself.
Create A Roadmap
Now that you have an end point, it’s time to plot out your journey. Create your outline, mindmap, or table of contents first. It’s much easier to write and stay focused when you have your structure in place, and that goes for fiction or non-fiction.
You may not have much time to write, you might have other obligations and commitments. But write everyday, even if it’s for 15-20 minutes. I prefer to write in the morning so its done, and the day doesn’t get away from me. Schedule it into your daily activities, as the saying goes, “write it down, make it happen.”
With a little planning, your book can move from the realm of possibility to actuality easier than you think.
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