Write That Nonfiction Book Today: An Excerpt From Write Like You Mean It
For years, my sweet, loving mother bugged me to write a book. She'd seen my Gamel Funny Farm blogs and laughed until her sides hurt listening to me and my wife share what was going on in our world with the kids.
Naturally, she insisted I write a children's book. Now, I get it ... it's smart to say, "Yes, mommy," and follow through on anything your mother says. But not for this one.
I mean ... maybe someday I'll write a children's book. But not yet. I had my eyes on nonfiction.
Fast forward a bit, and here I am, holding my debut title, Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word (published by Brown Books Publishing Group). Being the nostalgic person that I am, I constantly think back to when I decided to finally write this book and how the first thing I said aloud was, "Wait ... how do I write a nonfiction book?"
Perhaps you've asked yourself the same question?
Maybe you've written tons of stuff and want to make that leap to writing a book.
Perhaps you've already started but can't seem to get to the finish line.
Or ... maybe you've already written a children's book. And now, you want to try nonfiction.
Writing a book is a major life accomplishment. I can't figure out why I waited so long, which is why I'm now urging you to avoid falling into the same trap. Take that plunge with me! Write that nonfiction book today!!
The excerpt below is from my book and acts as what I believe is a solid intro to a slew of tips and tricks that, God willing, will help take your book idea from a dream to a reality.
On paper, writing a nonfiction book seems easy enough – just sit down and start writing. But we all know if it were that easy, everyone would be an author. That's just not the case. Plenty of people say, "I have a book in my head that is waiting to be written," and nearly all of them want to pull the trigger. Very few of them do, though. I don't know how accurate this statistic still is, but as recently as 2019, several online sources stated that 97 percent of people who start a book don't finish it. In my opinion, it's not because of procrastination, trying to be too perfect, or even writer's block – although those are legit obstacles. It's largely because they don't know how to turn an idea with so many moving parts into reality. They don't know where to start, what to do next once they have, or how to finish. They may even underestimate how long it can take. The good news is that writing a nonfiction book that you can be proud of is possible. If you take a deep breath, put the necessary legwork in, and find a real problem you can solve for your readers, you will be ahead of the game. My goal with this chapter is to provide a few tips and tricks that, God willing, help get you there faster."
If you'd like to learn what those tips and tricks are, consider buying my book. I know that last sentence sounds like yet another sales pitch. And maybe it is. But I'm also as sincere as it gets when I say that I didn't write a book just to say that I wrote a book.
I wrote Write Like You Mean It because my life-long passion for writing knows no limits. I've learned so much, and I've come a long way from that shy guy who was afraid of what others would think of his published works. I want to arm you with the same passion, the same know-how, and the confidence to write like YOU mean it – whatever that looks like for you.
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This book is for writers of all experience levels, genres, and professional pursuits. Whether you’re a journalist, college writer, aspiring freelancer, or future novelist, this book is for you, so you too can Write Like You Mean It!
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*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX, and the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.