So, You Wanna Write a Book?

Easy steps to actually write one

Jeffrey Kass
4 min readMay 18


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It’s commonplace nowadays to hear just about everyone proclaim that they should write a book.

Whether about online dating stories, traumatic childhoods or that hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, everyone from nurses and lawyers to baristas and Target employees wants to write a book.

I’m not poo-pooing it. Most of us have some great stories to share. Each one of us brings something unique to the table.

I’ll even set aside the irony that not enough of us take the time to read books anymore. If we all write books, but nobody reads them, did that falling tree in the forest really make a sound?

We also ought to read more so we’re more informed about the world and what’s happening around us. If we don’t know our history, we’re doomed to repeat it. If we don’t understand the important issues of today, everything from the opinions we hold to influence others to who we elect to lead our governments will be deeply flawed.

I digress, so let’s get back to writing.

Now, how many of us who say we’re going to write a book ever do it?

An old high school friend recently told me she didn’t know how to write a book and asked if I’d ghostwrite her book.

When I described the time, commitment and cost to pay the writer (i.e., me), she relented with disappointment.

“I guess I’ll have to write it myself, but where do I even start?”

I’m not going to opine whether each of us is a good writer. But I’m willing to bet we all have good stories to tell.

I’ve written five books since 2018, three of which have been published. I’ve written over 250 opinion pieces since 2020. All while maintaining a successful legal practice, being present for my beautiful children, growing my friendships, staying active in civic organizations, dating and traveling.

How’s that possible, you ask?

Well, it’s not because I’m Superman. Far from it.

Here’s my not-so-secret, three-ingredient sauce on how to write while still doing all the other things life demands of us.



Jeffrey Kass

A Medium Top Writer on Racism, Diversity, Education, History and Parenting | Speaker | Award-Winning Author | Latest Book: Black Batwoman V. White Jesus | Dad