If it’s true that of every 1,000 people who start to write a book only 30 will finish (3%), and of those who finish writing only six (20% of 30) will get it published, it makes you wonder what’s going on. The issues around publishing are complex, and not something I want to explore in this article (I have other articles on that topic). What I do want to explore is what I discovered when I decided to undertake writing my first book, a middle-grade novel called When Willows Weep, which was recently published. It easily could have never happened at all. So why and how did I manage to become one of the 3% who do finish writing a book? First, I had to get started!