You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 15, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
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Writing a book is fun and easy--yes, FUN AND EASY--but it may not always feel that way. How do you find the time to write? How do you keep momentum? How do you deal with the horror of showing anyone a single sentence of your work-in-progress? The answers remain fun and easy, and author Elizabeth Sims will take your hand, dispel your worries, and show you how it's done in this stress-free guide to accomplishing your dream of writing your book.

In You've Got a Book in You, Elizabeth is that encouraging voice guiding you through the entire process, from finding the right time and place to gathering all of your creative tools to diving right in and getting it done--page by page, step by step. It's easier than you think, and it all starts right here, right now.

"This guide is witty, warm, and wise--and wonderfully down-to-earth as well. Elizabeth Sims doesn't just tell you that you've got a book in you, she shows you how to pour it out using your own creative spirit, common sense, and persistence." ~Lori L. Lake, author of The Gun Series and The Public Eye Mystery Series

"If you're searching for the spark of inspiration to get started writing a book, and the nourishment to sustain you to THE END, Elizabeth Sims's You've Got a Book in You will show you how to find it in yourself." ~Hallie Ephron, award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman

"You won't find an easier-to-follow or more inspirational writing guide." ~L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Jackson mysteries

"By focusing the high beams of her intelligence (and humor!) on the twisty trail of book-writing, in You've Got a Book in You, Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend. As she guides you from the creation of a "working title" through her (brilliant!) "Making-It-Better Process," this well-established pro plays her most impressive cards--stacking the deck in favor of YOU!" ~Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers

"Elizabeth Sims packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages. Inspirational and yet extremely hands-on, You've Got a Book In You will give newbies confidence to forge ahead and will remind veteran writers why they began writing in the first place--for the joy of it. I won't be surprised when the brilliant terms 'stormwriting' and 'heartbrain' become part of every writer's lexicon." ~Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Keep No Secrets

"The book is encouraging and inspiring, practical and witty. As a seasoned writer, I appreciate the reminders about the importance of putting yourself on a writing schedule. No more excuses. The many 'writing blasts' are very helpful and will get any writer out of the starting blocks. I especially enjoyed the section, 'Writing with the Masters.' What better way to get inspired, get a feel for different styles, and get jump-started on your writing? Excellent advice that I plan to incorporate in my future classes.

I concur with Sims that 'writer's block' is greatly exaggerated. Is there any other profession that claims such a phenomenon? 'Excuse, me, but I have 'book-keeping block,' 'playing music block,' or 'painting block' today? I don't think so. Get yourself on a schedule, read some Sims, write with the masters, and you'll be on your way. You'll be glad you met this friend on your journey to becoming a successful writer." ~Gesa Kirsch, Ph.D., Professor of English, Director of Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, Bentley University


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User Review  - mariacamp - LibraryThing

Helpful A number of helpful tips are provided in this book, such as encouragement to worry less on a rough draft, to “simply persist,” to focus on getting the thoughts down and refining them later ... Read full review

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User Review  - soleil-mare - LibraryThing

I'm reserving a permanent place on my desk for this book, right next to my favorite coffee mug and a stack of my favorite notebooks. Read full review


Why This Book? Read This First
Writing a Book is Easy and Fun
A Pen Is a Wrench Is a Magic Saber
Tell a Story Like a Hero and Make Common Sense Your Writing Buddy
Find Your Garret
Fact or Fiction?
Getting the Names Right
The Source of Great Dialogue Your Own Ears
People Will Talk
How to Write a Chapter
The Power of Lists
How to Write Unboringly About Yourself
How to Write What You Dont Know

Your Truth
Your People
Your Map
To Be Great Strive to Be Ordinary
Writing Flow and Your First Draft
Writing With the Masters
Keeping Your Workshop
Living With Your Book and Driving It to Completion
Now What?
A Short Section on a Big Subject
Publishing What It Is and How It Works
Going Forward
Selected Index

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Elizabeth Sims is the prize-winning author of short stories and novels, including the Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mysteries. Booklist calls her work "crime fiction as smart as it is compelling," and Crimespree magazine praises her "strong voice and wonderful characters." Elizabeth writes frequently for Writer's Digest magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She has worked as a reporter, photographer, technical writer, bookseller, street busker, ranch hand, corporate executive, and symphonic percussionist. Elizabeth belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa. More at

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