First Steps to Your First Book

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First Steps to Your First Book

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First, watch this video. Then, take yourself through a day in the life of your ideal reader. The first time you do this, imagine an ordinary day. Depending on your topic and your ideal reader, it may be useful to repeat the exercise for special days: weekends, holidays, Christmas, wedding day, … For example, someone writing a book to help American teenage girls with body image issues would need to look at days like these: ‘normal’ school day, first day of new school year, shopping trips with her mother, day of the homecoming dance, and so on.

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Watch this video and then get creative! For this exercise, you are limited only by your imagination – so let loose and really connect with how you want your reader to feel. If you choose a medium that won’t last (play dough or dance, for example), make sure you record it somehow. Connecting with this emotion today will ignite your passion for your book. Being able to return to it will help you keep that passion strong while you write it!

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This lesson is split into parts. Part 1 is the workshop I recorded for the original First Steps challenge. Since writing your statement of argument is so important to your book, I want to give you a couple of other ways to approach it, so have a look at parts 2 and 3 for further support.

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This video was recorded as an overview for how to get started on your book – I discuss both how to write your statement of argument and how to use it to outline your book.

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If you prefer reading to watching videos, this blog post gives you an overview of the process – the statement of argument is step 4: How do you decide what to write?

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Dr Jennifer Jones 

Published author and expert writing coach, Jennifer Jones has been helping people become happier, more productive writers since 2001. She trained to teach writing during her PhD at the University of California at Davis. She has taught at universities in the US and the UK, and now coaches consultants, coaches, and healers to write their credibility-building books. Jennifer's book, There's a Book in Every Expert (that's you!), came out to rave reviews in 2020. When she's not talking about writing, she can often be found researching and writing about Victorian medicine and popular culture.

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