Lesson 2. Getting Your Tools in Order

When you start on a project, whether it’s writing a book or painting a room, you don’t just jump in and grab a brush or start typing. You come up with a plan to complete the project and gather the materials you need to get the work done. Your plan may be as simple as deciding to paint the walls before you paint the ceiling, or it may be as complex as a detailed outline of everything you plan to write in your book.

The same goes for materials. If you’re painting a room, you need brushes, paint, and maybe something to prevent getting paint where you don’t want it. Likewise, if you’re writing a book, you’ll want to install a word processor and perhaps gather the research materials you need to support your writing. ...

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