There is more to writing a book than merely sitting down to a blank screen on your computer. There are steps to take before you begin. For example, you should know what it takes to tackle this project and whether you meet those criteria. You need to know what you must write besides your main message—the other parts of the book. You should test your idea to determine if it is viable. Organization is important but not intuitive. If you have never written a book, learn about it before you begin.
When you are just starting out, the things you need to know and do may seem overwhelming, but writing a book is really an orderly step-by-step process. It is worth your time to learn that process, and there are many ways to do it. There are books and online courses; writing and publishing groups; and book coaches and editors to guide you on your journey.
Jumping in, feet first, with no parachute isn’t necessary or wise. Why reinvent the wheel? Wouldn’t it be better to put your energy into writing your nonfiction book than struggling with how to do it.
First, ask yourself if you have these six elements to see you through to process:
- A concept
- A plan
- Focus & a long attention span
- Support & guidance