Wikipedia describes Ryan Holiday as an “author, marketer, and entrepreneur.” On Amazon Ryan Holiday describes himself as a “strategist and writer.” His books include The Daily Stoic, The Obstacle is the Way, and Ego is the Enemy. The advice below comes from his article, “So You Want to Write a Book?” The whole article is worth reading, but here’s the golden kernel.
“Writing a book is not sitting down in a flash of inspiration and letting genius flow out of you. Most of the hard work is done before you write–it’s the research and the outline and the idea that you’ve spent months refining and articulating in your head. You don’t get to skip this step.”
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