4.It’s an afterthought

How to Guarantee that You Stick to Your Writing Schedule (Yes, Drill Sergeant!)

Listen here, punks! Forget what you’ve heard about writing. It ain’t all daisies and soft breezes fluttering through grandma’s lace curtains. You’re not a tortured soul, crying over those two sentences you wrote after a bottle and a half of gin. You want to put words on pages in a regular way? Of course you do. That’s why you’re reading this. The truth is, a writer is a soldier. Do you know what separates a soldier from a citizen? It’s my favorite three words: Dih. Sah. Plin. Discipline is the only way anybody ever accomplishes anything.

Writing an effective book description is an art unto itself. It must describe the salient points of the book, including the story’s most enticing elements, all in one or two artful paragraphs and without giving too much away. Think of it as the most important sales pitch of your life. Every word must count, every idea must serve to rope readers in. If you don’t feel comfortable with this kind of writing, hire someone who does to help you.

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