How Do I Start Writing My Book?

how do i start writing my book blog postHow do I start writing my book – a blog post dedicated to helping you pick up the pen and put it to paper, so to speak.

We wrote our book in late October, 2019 after hearing Peggy McColl speak at Paradigm Shift, hosted by Proctor Gallagher Institute. What she said was that she believes everyone has a book in them. I looked at my husband and said, “We know it’s true.” We had been talking about it for years, the mysterious death of my brother and how the twists and turns led to something that, in the end, was stranger than fiction. It was just time to write it. Maybe you feel the same way. Our advice is start! No matter where you are or what you think you know or don’t know, decide to start!

We began with a vision board, a visual tool that we hung on our wall and began cutting out photos of things pertinent to the story. Location was our first key element, and we chose Bora Bora. It just popped into my husband’s head and we went with it. Next, we chose our title and since our story included a deep sea fishing charter, we chose Casting Away. It was appropriate and as the journey continued, we realized that it also stood for casting away an old life, a set of beliefs that no longer served our main character. When we decided to have Ray fake his death, Adventures of a Dead Man was cemented. Taking creative action toward your goal means doing things that add to the process of getting it done.

We also chose to leave our house and write somewhere without the distractions of home. A cabin in our nearby town provided the perfect solution. If you feel the need for quiet and privacy, we highly recommend finding such a place.

How Do I Start Writing My Book – What if my Book Isn’t Good Enough?

I hear and read this question all the time. My question is – who would know what’s good enough? Write it! It’s your story, so trust it. You are your own best authority, even if you didn’t know that or believe it before. Just write it. You will grow into it as you do it. As the proverb says, “The work will teach you how to do it.” Trust in the process. Surround yourself with supportive people. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Sounds easy? It is, in fact, easy. Not that it doesn’t present challenges, but in the end, what we all need is people in our lives who see the best in us, even when we don’t see it in ourselves.

Expect it to come!

We all have creative voices in our minds that speak to us from time to time or even, all the time. The question is – do we actually follow them? Sometimes we do and sometimes we push them away as “impossible fantasies.” When that happens, we never write the book. Don’t allow yourself to push it away! Name it and claim it! It’s yours!

Our Book, Casting Away: Adventures of a Dead Man is available on

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