One week ago, I announced that I'm working on a book but really I began the book about a month ago. I started with downloading Scrivener because all my writer friends say it's the best and I don't like Word. I made cards in Scrivener with blog posts, pieces of my newsletter, and notes from notebook. I also made a list of topics that I knew I wanted to include. Then I did nothing for a few weeks.
I felt stuck but really I think I was overwhelmed and scared. It took awhile but finally I decided the best way to move forward with the project was to announce that I'm doing it and then share the process with you. I know that works for me. I pretend that you'll bug me if I'm not working on it, laugh at me if I quit, etc. Maybe that sounds mean, but it works. It scares me into action.
So Monday, I announced it and I set aside an hour in the afternoon each day to work on it. During that time, I came up with the basic structure of the book and started arranging my cards/topics to fit my structure. I don't know that it will be structured this way in the end but I found something I'm happy with for now and that allows me to move forward. I'm one of those people that likes to have a plan. If plans change thats ok but I have trouble getting going without a plan.
Now I'm ready to begin the writing process. Of course I feel stuck and scared again but I ran across this quote that I think will help:
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop." -Lewis Carroll