I'm genuinely confused about all the positive reviews on this book. I was very optimistic about the promise for a "step-by-step plan for writing your non-fiction book," but the steps seem to be:
1. Believe you are a writer, don't think you are not a writer. 2. Maybe aim for the first draft to take you seven weeks. 3. Write the book.
What do people know about writing after they read this that they didn't know before? The whole thing is vague enough that it means almost nothing. I was hoping for information about how to organize sources, maybe tips for managing lots of research notes. Instead, it's basically just an empty, feel-good repetition of something along the lines of, "keep writing, don't stop writing, do the writing, believe in yourself." About halfway through, the author even wanders in the opposite direction, explaining that it's silly to be an expert on whatever it is you're writing about, and that "your addiction to research is a manifestation of your own self-doubt."
I really wanted to like this book, but I was looking for, like the cover says,"a step-by-step plan" -- all I got was a pep-talk and a recommendation to stop trying to be so well-informed.