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Get started writing with Beginners guide to writing
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Online writing community at Beginners guide to writing
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Write your book in bite-sized pieces if you are struggling to get started
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Starting to write – just do it
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Get over your fear of writing – find the courage and just do it
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Write for yourself or for your readers – or is this the last thing on your mind?
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