This is a post I've been meaning to write for some time, but with this being NaNoWriMo, I figured it'd be a good time to let you all read it.
I'm frequently encountering people who have great ideas or stories that they think would make a great book. When I tell them to write it, they say "Oh, i don't know how to write a book". Quite often, people are daunted by the word count that a book requires and it puts them off writing it at all or even making a start. Yet it really isn't much of a big deal at all - we can verbalise more words than are in a book without problem, we can construct emails, letters and essays, so writing itself isn't a problem. So how can people bridge that gap between writing at all and writing a full-length book? There are a number of ways, which I'll explain below.