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How to Write a Book: 11 Steps to Win the Inner War

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Shedding false beliefs about how to write a book

False belief #1: Writing is always hard.

False belief #2: Books are written straight through.

False belief #3: Don’t give your writing away.

Step 1: Start with a tiny writing habit

Make your writing habit tiny

Step 2: Learn about books before you write a book

A book is a product

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Step 3: Build a publishing habit

Publish somewhere — I recommend Medium

Use tags to get in front of readers

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Medium tags give your work a chance to find readers interested in a topic.

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Review highlights

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Reviewing your Medium highlights is a great way to see exactly what resonates.

Step 4: Build an email list

Mantras for writing your book

Book-writing mantra #1: “There’s more where that came from.”

Book-writing mantra #2: “I can always improve this.”

Book-writing mantra #3: “It’s okay to say it again.”

Book-writing mantra #4: “It’s better than you think it is.”

Book-writing mantra #5: “I am a bricklayer.”

Book-writing mantra #6: “There’s always tomorrow.”

Book-writing mantra #7: “I won’t live forever.”

Step 5: Write a book title that will sell

Step 6: Write an outline for your book

Step 7: Write the first draft of your book

Keep yourself accountable

Step 8: Read the first draft of your book

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Printing out your first draft is an amazing feeling. It also helps you “feel” your book as a reader would.

Step 9: Restructure your outline

Step 10: Write your second draft

Step 11: Write your final draft

Congratulations, you know how to write a book!

Written by

Bestselling author of “Mind Management, Not Time Management” http://kdv.co/mind

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