You may have thought about writing a book. Research indicates most people do. If you are wondering how to determine the topic, how to develop good writing habits, how to keep the momentum going, this book is for you. MacDonald does a good job of helping you get clarity on the message to share and how to determine the length of the book. She has practical suggestions to prevent self sabotage, writing the first draft and saving editing for later.
I really appreciate the information in this book. While I learned a great deal about the writing process, my favorite part of the book is about receiving criticism. Her insights on that topic are very helpful.
MacDonald inspired me to commit to writing and has given me the tools to do so. While she is an advocate of independent or self publishing, this book ends at the finished manuscript. How to get that book loaded up to a retail site and actually available for purchase is not included.
I recommend this book to people drawn to writing, suspecting they have a message to share. You'll find out how to get clarity on the message and receive valuable information on the writing process.
I just want to let everyone know that the email she gives, is not a working email. I emailed it right after I heard it. My email account is still trying to send it, it has failed at least 3 times. So no she is not reachable, but I guess it did help me get my book started. After I listened to the first two chapters, I was able to write my first chapter and it was over 3,000 words. I was not able to do that, but this helped me realize that I am my own worse enemy and I made it happen. Thank you for the help, but I really could wish I could email the author. I guess that was naive of me. oh well.
I really liked the honesty and authenticity in the writing style. Things I never thought about in writing and some things that I always do were clearly discussed. Having someone talk you all the way through the writing process on your draft seems amazing. I only skimmed the revision part because I'm not there yet. However, there was a wealth of information and the step by step style was clear there. Another bit I liked was the places where the author said (more or less) "This is what works for me, you may have to change things to make it work for you." The only problem I encountered might very well be my own lack of computer skill, however the Appendix with her Timeline spreadsheet was too small to read. Later, there was a link and I was excited -- but the link was broken. If you've thought about writing a book for months or years and didn't know how to go about it, this book may be your roadmap.
Down to earth, straight forward advice that should work for most. I know I need deadlines and accountability, and appreciated the specific ideas on how to create that. It says step-by-step plan and it gave a step-by-step plan. Love it when the content is actually what the title and blurb promise!
I bought this book several years ago and reread it again for a fresh perspective on my novel. The author has many tools that work no matter what kind of writing you do. It is geared for nonfiction (hence the title!) but will give you a fresh outlook.