The myth that writing is easy is just that. Inspiration is often treated as a semi-mystical and ultimately uncontrollable empowerment of the mind. If you’re waiting for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. Instead of waiting around for the muse to hit us in the head with a sack of rocks, we can ingrain in ourselves the habits that will leave writer’s block dust in the wind.
The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual time-consuming, sleep-depraved period of writing. It’s not as easy as sitting down at your computer, all hyped to write. You must know where to, literally, begin. Figure out what you want to write about; why your book is unique and fills a market need; review similar competing titles; create a full outline and table of contents for your book; write the first 1-3 chapters with strong, engaging content and/or characters.
Inspiration flows best when it flows regularly. Make it a point to sit down every single day for an allotted amount of time. Write even when you don’t feel like it. Treat it like a job and don’t cut yourself any slack. The muse only inhabits minds that are ready and waiting for it, and if you’re not writing, then you’re not ready.