Release Your Inner-Lucado

By on January 24, 2011

It’s been scientifically proven that Max Lucado can generate 4.8 books a day, not counting gift books for graduates, but what about mere mortals?  Can they write books too?  Sure…with a little help.

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own book but had problems getting started FastPencil might be your ticket to getting that book finished in an in the hands of all your hard core fans…or at least your mom.

FastPencil is a service that was designed from the ground up with authors in mind.  It has a sleek (distraction-free) interface so you can focus on your writing.  It also has powerful note functions and collaboration tools.  (It can also help you publish and sell your book once it is complete.)  Check out this quick video to see the FastPencil interface in action.

Of course, all this is useless unless you’ve got some content.  Don’t worry there’s plenty of help for that too.

The book, A Novel in a Year: From First Page to Last in 52 Weeks, would probably be a great place to start.  The book started as a series of great blog posts from novelist and Daily Telegraph columnist, Louise Doughy.  The response to her posts was off the charts and so the book was born.  Thankfully, the fine folks over at Learn to Write Fiction have pulled all those posts together.  You can check them out here and start learning immediately.

For help with writing in general, two books always come highly recommended;  Stephen King’s On Writing (paperback | kindle) and and Anne Lamott’s  Bird by Bird (paperback | kindle).

With all these tools in hand it should be easier than ever to write that book you’ve had in mind for ages.  Then again, I’m just a blogger so what do I know about writing books?

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