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Writing a Full-Length Book When You Have a Full-Time Life

It can seem impossible, but structure and guidance are all you need

Felicia C. Sullivan
Jul 3, 2018 · 12 min read
Organizing pages from my second book, a novel published in 2017. And, yes, that’s my tabby cat. Photography by Felicia C. Sullivan

You don’t need to write every day if that’s not your way; you just need to be committed to what you write.

We fear and succumb to failure before we’ve typed our first word without understanding that success is comprised of a million little failures.

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The first substantial revision of my second book in 2014.

1. Decide if You Can Live With Your Character or Idea Long-Term

2. Start Sketching a Loose Character/Plot Outline

The point here is getting to the first draft by any means necessary.

3. Start Where It Feels Natural

4. Know the Writing Will Be Garbage in the First Drafts

Even if you’re not writing, you’re writing.

5. Assess Each Chapter

6. Fill the Non-Writing Spaces

7. Make a Writing Plan Each Month



Master Writing Mechanics

Do you want to write a book?

Felicia C. Sullivan

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Marketing Exec/Author. I build brands & tell stories. Work in Human Parts, OneZero, Forge & Marker. Hire me: t.ly/bEnd7 Branding & Freelancing eBooks t.ly/ZP5v

Master Writing Mechanics

Do you want to write a book? I’ll show you how to master the basics and beyond. I’m a published author and essayist. I wrote my first poem when I was six and I haven’t been able to shut up since.

Felicia C. Sullivan

Written by

Marketing Exec/Author. I build brands & tell stories. Work in Human Parts, OneZero, Forge & Marker. Hire me: t.ly/bEnd7 Branding & Freelancing eBooks t.ly/ZP5v

Master Writing Mechanics

Do you want to write a book? I’ll show you how to master the basics and beyond. I’m a published author and essayist. I wrote my first poem when I was six and I haven’t been able to shut up since.

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