Yesterday, my free newsletter for writers, Doing It Write, went out. It’s been going out to subscribers around the world for over nine years. Every week. Amazingly, I’ve never missed an issue. In yesterday’s column, I talked about starting a book.
Fiction books seem to start with a character or plot point in the writer’s head. Perhaps a voice that won’t quit yapping at the author until he starts plotting out the book. Or maybe the writer starts writing because a scene plays over and over in her head.
Non-fiction can begin with some of the same “events.” Perhaps a relative seems to be speaking to the writer, telling him to write her story. Or maybe the author reads an intriguing diary. It could be a subject that fascinates the writer.
For me, though, my latest project involved the publisher asking me to write it.
My question to the Doing It Write readers and to all of you stopping by Straight From Hel today is, once you make the decision to write the book, what’s the first step you take? I begin the research, since I’ll be working on the next in a series of TechCareers books.
What do you do first?
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