Hello Ms. Hoy,
I have wanted to become an author for more than 20 years. This dream has always taken a backseat to everything in my life. I would like to know if you can offer me any advice on getting started.
There are numerous books on the market on how to write books. My steps for starting a book are:
- idea (and preliminary title)
- expanded outline
- begin writing process
Of course, the outline changes over time as your characters (no you!) decide where the story will go. That’s normal. And, it’s fun!
For non-fiction, the outline almost always changes, too, as more ideas swirl in your mind during the writing process.
But, before you begin, I recommend investing in several books on the book writing process. Your local bookstore and library will have plenty.