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Who has ever thought, or actually had the courage to say aloud, that they’d like to write a book? With 2015 culminating, and 2016 rushing in on a – I’d like to say brisk winter wind, but it’s still mid-eighties in Florida, so I’ll go with – ray of sunshine, NOW is the time.

To quote Brad Paisley, “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” Since he’s referring to the first day of the year, that means you have three days to slip on snow boots, or flip flops, and buy a journal.

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You may be thinking, where do I start?  What do I write?  Don’t I need an outline first? Actually, none of that matters. I know, that sounds crazy.  Well, it’s not. All you have to do is commit to writing once a day.  That’s it.  Easy, right?  I mean, you do it anyway in emails and texts. Why not compile your thoughts, dreams, ideas and such with the same schedule as say, you’d check Facebook. It doesn’t matter whether it’s first thing in the morning, over a lunch break or right before you go to bed. What matters is that each day you put words on paper.  Or, if you’re too tech savvy for a pen, a computer works.

Maybe week one you write simple, message-in-a-botttle type inspirations you’d like to share with your kids one day.

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Week two could be a way of shaking off life’s negative offerings. Considering Anne Frank’s famous quote, you could release sorrow and work through emotional issues and daily frustrations. Since you own what you’ve lived through, it’s easy to use your behavior, or that of others, as a jumping off point.

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If those are too heavy for your taste, you could start a running list of ideas you’d like to write about.  You never know which day will be the one that propels you forward for the rest of the year. Before you know it, you could have exactly what you need to write a book!.

Keep in mind, the one absolute truth about writing is that you won’t finish if you don’t start. So, get started!

Happy writing, one day at a time!

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