Life is short. Life is busy. How can you possibly add writing that book you to your stacked schedule? It starts with a commitment. To finish writing a book, you need to get started.

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Before I self-published, I didn’t know of all the advantages self-publishing offers or that it was the savvy author’s way to get my book in the hands of readers. My only regret is I didn't do it sooner.

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Do a slow read of your writing. Have you chosen your words well? Is your mind jumping ahead because the text is perfected or because you could cut it and lose nothing? If you don't want to read those words, will anyone else?

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Writing enough prose to fill a book is one thing, but weaving it all together into a story with a strong arc, purpose, and impact is another entirely. Here are some lessons that might help you in your writing process — whether your own book is an “accident” or not.

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You've finished writing your book! Well, hold on tight because you're on a wild roller coaster, and while that ride takes you to remarkable highs, it plummets to lows you never imagined. Welcome to the emotional stages of publishing a book.

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Visualizing how your words will present on the page as you write your book can make you aware of what you need to create the piece you're envisioning and devise strategies to get there.

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Maybe you don’t need panic-induced adrenaline to write, but I do. That's why my agent's submission deadlines were the best thing for my book series.

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