So You Want to Be a Writer?
There is no higher high than when a new author submits to a publisher and the story is accepted or the author decides to take the path of self-publishing and sees their baby on a variety of publishing platforms. It’s like climbing a mountain and standing at the peak in awe of the dirt on your boots and the lack of oxygen making your head spin. In a good way. Kind of.
But first, as with any journey, it begins with a single step. And yes, that is a take on a famous saying but it still fits.
I hear it a lot…
“I’d love to be an author!” or “I have a great idea for a story.” or “I started writing this story 9 years, 6 months, and 27 days ago. I haven’t picked it up since, but I really think it would be great. Will you take a look at it?”
And that’s great!
But writing is not easy. Writing has rules. Writing has standards. Writing is hard.
Like really hard.
So when someone comes to me and says those words “I want to write a book.” I am all on board. Seriously. I am willing to listen and to encourage and to cheer them on. But…I won’t write it for them. And I won’t critique everything they write. And although I will listen when they start to feel the pressure, I will not give them permission to stop writing, because only they can give themselves that. I believe in finishing what you start, but I understand when someone can’t do that. Each journey is the writer’s only.
So where do you start?
Of course, an idea is good. But that’s only a teeny-tiny piece of a story.
First, a writer has to figure out what point of view is right for the story.
Then there are characters and setting to consider.
Then plotting, conflicts and acts to figure out.
Then arcs of the characters to solidify.
Then what ending will wrap up all storylines.
And those are basics, it gets really deep…like complicated…like crazy complicated to write a good story. A really GREAT story.
So…where to start is here…
READ! Read craft books that talk about developing stories and the basics and the middles and all the rest.
A few of the ones I have in my library are:
Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot and Structure by Jesse Lee Kercheval
Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker
5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel that Stands Out by K.M. Weiland
There are plenty of others that can be of use, too and I’d love to know about more if you have a favorite . But the point is…read about how to write and how to write well. At least you have a foundation to build your story on. And then sit down and write. Because to get to “The End” you have to trudge through the beginning and the middle.
So if you want to write…do it! Prepare and do it!
And as always…HUMP DAY HAPPINESS to all! ❤ Jules