Writing Books: For Those Who Don't Think They Can Write

Writing books is not difficult once you understand the process. Most people have at least one book in them, although they may not realize it. If you are doubtful, think about what you know ... the kind of knowledge that you use every day ... the expertise ... the little secrets that you've gleaned from your field of knowledge that others simply do not know. These are the gems that can become the basis for your first book.

Not convinced? Think for a moment about your life. What is your special skill, hobby or area of specialty? Are you a housewife, who runs her own home day care business? You could write about running a business in your home. Are you an attorney, who can teach regular citizens how to fight speeding tickets and win? Are you a fireman? You could create a book that gives ten little-known tips for fireproofing a home or business. Are you a teacher? You could write about techniques for improving study skills. The possibilities are endless.

It's been said that everyone has a book in them. If you think about it for half a second, you know that this is true because every person (including you) has a unique perspective, an interest, expert knowledge or special skills.

Further everyone can write. The truth is: if you can talk, you can write a book. (In fact, if you are insecure about your writing skills, I recommend transcription software—this software that will take what you say and transcribe it into a document. This makes writing the first draft of your book as easy as having a conversation with a friend.)

Most books are written at a sixth grade level anyway because that's the level at which the average person reads. This means that your book doesn't have to have big words or complex sentences. You do not have to wax poetic. In other words, if you can write about a topic that people want to know more about and if you can speak clearly in a way that other people can understand, then you can write a book.

Writing is not difficult if you take the time to create a plan. This plan is called an outline, which is just a list of everything you intend to cover in your book.

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I find that writing books is contagious because once you've written one, other ideas will naturally come to you, especially if you write for a target market. In fact, your readers will make things easy for you by contacting you to tell you what they liked about your book and what they'd like to know more about.

I have written two books (and have more ideas than I have time for). Right now, I'm working on my third. I have also created a DVD-series.

For those of you who are still doubtful that you have what it takes, here is a resource that will take you step by step through the process of writing books. Although this is a book on creating e-books, the process is the same, plus it's an instant download and so you can started right away. I've read many manuals on writing books and this is the one that I find most helpful. Reading it will inspire you and help you come up with an easy-to-follow plan so before you know it, you'll be well on your way to calling yourself a published author.

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