I would like to welcome aspiring author Katherine Smithson to NAG today. She is here to share some thoughts about what all aspiring writers and authors need to have when they have something inside of them. Enjoy!
If you want to read about something which has never been written elsewhere, then go write it yourself.
Authoring a book is not just for the world renowned writers and famous people only. Remember that every single one of these famous and successful men and women were once someone ordinary too. They just did something extraordinary which took them on where they are right now. And one of those extraordinary stuff to do in life is to write a book.
Clive Staples Lewis, Joanne Katherine Rowling, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins have one thing in common — they all have written books. And they are not just ordinary books. They are world famous stories turned into movies which people admire and read. And they were able to do this, simply because they have a story in mind which no author in the past was able to weave. So they turned that story idea into a book instead.
As Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” So if you are somehow feeling that kind of agony, write now! Don’t wait for it to more so haunt and agonize you. To have an idea or better yet a passion for book writing is a gift and a privilege. Not everyone had or even so, is going to have that chance of weaving a brilliant story or writing idea, furthermore, be able to write and publish a book or novel. So if you have something in mind right now, don’t hesitate. Here are the seven ways to jumpstart your book writing stint.
If you already have that passion, enthusiasm and ideas at a young age, then take it as an opportunity to start young. Some authors were not able to start writing early on in their lives. Some even hesitated and tried other paths instead. But if writing is really for you, you can never be too witty to escape it. You will eventually be writing still. So don’t prolong the agony of having something in mind and not letting it out through your pen and paper. Embrace writing once you felt like it’s for you. You will definitely have a long way to go and a lot more to learn when you start at a tender age.
Train Yourself to Write Long Hours
Writing a book would cost you long hours of writing. So early on, train yourself to write even during the wee hours. You can start with probably one hour every day, then increase the number of hours each week or month, depending of course on your schedule. Practice to always write whenever there is time to do so. If you have a writing a idea in mind, immediately pull out a piece of paper or type it on your computer or tablet so the idea will be recorded and retained.
Find Your Niche
Unlike in studying medicine, you can’t be a general practitioner when you are planning to be a writer or even more, a book author. It’s good to be flexible at times, but you need to know your niche. This is for you to establish your voice and target audience as well. Test your writer’s voice and see where it will lead you.
Read a Lot
Cliché as it may sound, but nothing really beats reading. If you want to write a lot, then you need to read a lot. Reading is one of the major partners of writing. This doesn’t just widen your knowledge and ideas, it can also help you develop your writing skill and style, and learn other fresh writing lessons from great writers.
Well, not everything can be learned in school or through reading. Some of the best lessons in life can be taught by experience alone. So go out and travel a lot, talk to people, observe them, and blend in. But make sure you enjoy it while taking some notes along the way.
Be Eager and Patient
As early as now, practice your patience. Publishers and readers are not at all very easy to please. Don’t give up. Always be eager and patient.
Get Used to Proofreading
Proofreading is always the last part of the writing process. So if you didn’t proofread your book or write-up, then you are not at all finished with the process. Remember, writing a book is hit and miss experiment. So learn to check and edit your write-up for the sake of your readers in order for you to give them your best essays and stories of your existence.
Becoming an author, most especially a book author is indeed a privilege. Keep it that way.