Read this book today so that you will start writing your book! Morgan MacDonald has written an incredible guide for any writer who struggles to get started. Not only will this book help you start writing, it will help you through the entire process of completing your manuscript. Reading Morgan's words is like siting in the room with her and listening to her coach you through your words, your questions, your sentences, and your struggles. She knows the writing craft and shares her own struggles as a writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to write. Read this book and you will start writing your book today!
August 1st: I just finished "Start Writing Your Book Today" and really am starting my book today! Thanks to Morgan Gist MacDonald's directions I now have a deadline, daily word count goal and even have a friend who will be holding me accountable (using the sheets provided by the author). Hope to respond to this review soon with my first draft completed!
August 15th Update:I am now half way through my manuscript--way ahead of schedule, and should be finished with my first book by mid-September. I am following Morgan's advice to the letter and it's crazy how helpful it is. Can't wait to update with a finished product!
August 24th Update: Finished my first draft! Onward to the editing phase, but I am very confident ill be finishing everything up in the next few months.
If you are aspiring to write, but just don't know how--do not hesitate and get this book. I never thought this day would come, but thanks to Morgan's advice and book I have a completed rough draft manuscript!
Normally I'm skeptical about how-to books because the authors talk like cheerleaders: high on the motivation, but with little to no specifics on how to overcome the challenges along the way. I was very pleasantly surprised with this book.
There are a lot of prospective authors, but most end up getting daunted by aiming too high, and lose interest when the whole book-writing process doesn't quite pan out as easily as they think it should. This author talks about the different options now available to prospective book authors: Instead of writing a full-length book, they can set aside a few weeks to write a short book, and use that to test their market through electronic distribution. From there, they can build up confidence and knowledge about their market, and work their way up. Why set yourself up for a fall, when there are other good options available which may bring you closer to your goal of becoming a published author?
In the book, she also reveals some of her "tricks of the trade" which may come in handy for prospective authors. I am a sucker for this kind of information since I like to learn trade secrets for how people go about doing their work. These are not complicated tricks, but are things you can put into action for yourself in an afternoon. Not complicated, and very handy to know.
This author also works as a freelance editor for prospective authors, and she is very upfront about how this book helps her to discover prospects for her own editing business. I came away convinced that she knows what she is doing.
This is a small solid book, and should be on your tablet if you are serious about becoming an author.
If you are like me and have been wanting to write a book for quite a while but you have been dragging your fee this is the book for you. Morgan has done a terrific job inspiring would be authors to take action.
Arturo Nava, soon to be author and Founder Logra Tu Dream podcast
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.
Morgan Gist MacDonald has written, "the little black book" for writers. Start Writing Your Book Today shares Morgan's approachable expertise as an Editor and Writing Coach. Her insider tips and inspiration make writing a book feel doable! I love that she breaks things down into actionable steps. Morgan's minimally structured methods definitely work and make the book writing process feel less daunting!
I felt hopelessly stuck in a season of unproductive writing until I found Morgan and her book. Her expertise has been a game changer! Using a timer and the Pomodoro method, and tracking my word count totals are just a few of the many things I implemented to increase my writing productivity. I love Morgan's encouraging, uncomplicated teaching style!
I think Morgan's book offers fresh and effective approaches to writing. She untangles the obstacles that most writers encounter and gets you back on track again. Morgan's expertise will help you find your footing and take away some of the frustration and doubts you may have as a writer.
I have had the pleasure of being coached by Morgan and found her and the experience to be amazing! She is truly passionate about helping writers get the book in their heads onto paper. I think you will find that Start Writing Your Book Today will be a great help to you on your writing journey. I think it is a must-read for all writers!
A GREAT Book to help you start writing from a writing coach. In here you will learn the myths and truths about writing a book. Learn how to get through writers block and get your ideas written.You will also learn everything you need to know from the first draft to the finished manuscript, how to collect data, track your progress, set weekly word count goals and deal with criticism.
This book will help you harness the power of your words so they can change the world.
I took an online workshop from Morgan a few weeks ago. Without that, this book may not have been as inspiring for me. She takes a very different approach to completing a manuscript than I have in the past. The changes I've made from her guidance have made me feel way more confident and re-energized about completing my book. I appreciate how she makes the process of completing a manuscript manageable, and busts the myth that only a "chosen few" can get it done. If you read this book, I highly recommend you also check out PaperRaven Books online community for further explanation and support.
Morgan’s book, “Start Writing Your Book Today” is just what I need at this time. I’m a beginner writer who has a desire to write and ideas to share. Morgan gives direct answers to those questions that every writer struggles with and she gives us all reasons to continue our dream. In a friendly and charming way, she offers advice and experiences from having “been there and done it”.
After first watching the many YouTube and Periscopes that she has so graciously given, I started reading her blog and although the information is valuable enough to be watched over and over, it is her book that puts the information into an easy to learn format.
“Start Writing Your Book Today” will empower the writer by telling the truth. It will tell you that writing is hard work, but that if your desire is strong enough, and if you follow Morgan’s directions, you can publish a book of your own. The book will lead you from chapter one’s “What it really takes to be a successful author” to chapter seven’s “Finished manuscript”.
When I’m a bit further down the road with my story, I hope to use her editorial services because Morgan has become my teacher. I only hope that she will be able to fit me in once this book becomes more popular!
I have written several children's books combining stories and sign language, but as I venture towards writing for adults I need the advice that Morgan provides. My children's books are at Randall Clarkson
I can’t recommend "Start Writing Your Book Today" more. As I proceed from writing idea to publish I will be constantly referring back to Morgan’s book. Yes, I will be continuing to follow her on Periscope and YouTube and I can’t wait for her next book.