Personally, I struggled as a “pantser” for several drafts of books until I finally read enough books on outlining to become a full-fledged believer in planning a book before you start writing. Our good friends at Bookbaby have some ideas you might find valuable too:
If you don’t know how to write a book, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. After making a decision — a commitment to share your story — you just need a process and a plan to start writing your book.
Some people are lifelong learners and love the process of going from not knowing anything about a particular subject to being proficient — even an expert. That makes sense. We all want to be the best we can be. But along the way, we have to learn a lot of little things, and that takes time and commitment.
But here’s the deal: I hate the learning curve. I only want to know as much as I need to know to use a tool for my intended purpose. I generally try to find every possible way around studying more than I need to so I can get on to the using stage. Learning frustrates me; knowing satisfies me. But that’s not the way the world works. To know something, I must go through the pain of learning and I have to follow a process. But I can’t even do that if I haven’t first made the decision to try something new and follow through. more