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Title: The Three Decisions Writers Must Make Before They Start A Book

Author: Marvin D. Cloud


First, the bad news: there is no magic formula, potion or pill
that will turn the story idea in your head into a manuscript.
Words will not automatically appear on paper. All of the
necessary elements for a “purpose-driven” book will not fall
from the sky and converge in your lap as a completed literary
work. It is entirely up to you.

The burden is on your shoulders. You are the one who must do the
research, interview persons, recall conversations, develop an
outline, create a draft, make your characters come to life, and
keep readers interested enough to continuously turn to the next
page. The good news is, you can do it.

Remember, whether you believe something is possible or not,
you’re right. However, I invite you to follow this compelling
model for effectively writing a personal bestseller: M.I.N.E.
(Motivation + Inspiration + Narration + Eternization). The right
reasons (motivation) move you (inspiration) to capture words on
paper (narration) for future generations (eternization).

But before you can get the full impact of M.I.N.E., there are
three commitments that you must make to yourself before you can
make any progress in writing a book: 1. Make a decision to
write. Since you have already thought about writing a book,
there is really nothing else for you to think about. Stop
thinking and start doing. Before you leave this page and before
you finish this paragraph, make a decision to write. It can
change your entire life. If you don’t take new action, you
haven’t made a decision.

2. Make a committed decision to write. How to do it, and if you
can do it, are not to be considered now. Would you attempt to
write if you knew for certain you couldn’t fail? Since failure
is often defined as “not trying,” then trying equals success.
I’ve discovered that carrying out a commitment is often easier
than making one. You’ve made a real decision about a goal if,
and only if, you find yourself doing something about it.

3. Make a committed decision to write with which you can be
flexible. Once you’ve decided to write your book, don’t get
stuck on the means to achieve it. You are going after the
finished product. For example, most people think you can just
write a book straight through. However, there may be greater
value in planning out your book before you write your first
word. Circumstances change and you must be able to change with

Most new writers and seasoned ones as well, don’t write as much
as they can on a daily basis. Even writing part-time, two pages
per day is a good start, and more can easily be done if the
effort is put forth. Spend the next 90 days writing at least one
page per day. This will get you out of your comfort zone, out of
the limits you have placed on yourself and out of what you have
convinced your brain that you can and cannot do. As you become
more and more accustomed to writing and working towards your
goal, you will probably discover that you didn’t set a high
enough quota of pages.

About the author:
Marvin D. Cloud is the founder of His goal is
to produce, market and sell personal bestsellers for "ordinary
people with extraordinary stories." He is the author of the "Get
Off The Pot" Writer's Workbook, Get Off The Pot ezine and the
recently released book, "Get Off The Pot: How to Stop
Procrastinating and Write Your Personal Bestseller in 90 Days."

[Note: Due to size restriction, the subject line's title had to be truncated. Appologies to Marvin D. Cloud. - Admin.]

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