GET IT DOWN: When a book idea grabs you and won't let go — you might be undergoing the birth of a book. How do you get an idea? Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, academic — they all have their own rules.
GET IT RIGHT: Editing. Once you have a first draft in hand, let your work sit untouched overnight, or over a weekend. When you pick it up again, you are no longer the writer, you are the editor. Permission granted to slash paragraphs, rearrange, crumple up a sheet and rewrite from another angle.