If you ask around, writing a book is one of the top five “bucket list” wishes that people have. So why don’t more people do it? Some don’t let themselves get started because they fear they don’t have something interesting to say. Well that’s absurd because everyone has a good story in them, and often more than one. Others say they can’t make the time but really that’s just another excuse to keep from fulfilling their dream.
Others still fear the possibility of rejection so quit before they even truly begin. Sure, it’s daunting to even consider the possibility of bringing a book into being but it’s really a shame that so many would-be authors let self-defeating limitations hold them back. But writing a book is actually much easier than one would think, provided you remember these key things…
Keep At It:
Even if you only write a few paragraphs a day if you remain consistent in your endeavors you will succeed. Don’t worry about writing in a linear or chronological fashion; once you’ve decided on the gist of your book stay out of your own way and let it come to you in whatever way it does. Keep a journal or a voice recorder close by so that you can remember important lines or thoughts, no matter how silly they may seem at the time. If you work full-time start getting up an hour earlier and dedicating that time to writing.
Does the muse call more in the evening? Stay up an hour or so later than usual; turn the tv off, put down someone else’s book and start writing your own. Don’t let fear of rejection hold you back. Many people fear that they’re going to pour their heart out and find that no one cares. The point is it shouldn’t matter. Once you’ve completed a manuscript that in itself should be the biggest reward. And don’t forget that self-publishing has become much more widely accepted so if you don’t have luck with any of the traditional publishers go on and do it yourself. Even if you don’t ever make a dime you will find yourself in an elite group of people who get to call themselves “Author” and it’s a wonderful feeling indeed.
Write From The Heart And With Passion:
Even if you’re writing a non-fiction guide to buying toilet parts make your book the most heartfelt and insightful guide to toilet parts imaginable. Sing your own song, don’t try to emulate others. Write your story, whatever it may be, and infuse your work with love.
Support Your Efforts:
Once your manuscript comes home to you with a shiny cover and as a bona fide book now the gritty work of promoting the thing comes in to play. Use every marketing medium possible, from radio to social media, to get the word out. Also don’t forget that even if your book is picked up by a publisher much of the work of marketing will fall on your shoulders.
Find new and interesting ways to grab attention for your book and don’t hesitate to find unique places to sell it. For instance, sure that book on toilet flanges can be sold at traditional bookstores but what about at home supply and hardware stores, as well? By seeking out unique sellers your book will have the advantage of being one of the few literary attention grabbers in a store filled with hammers and nails. Continue to think up original and new angles, not just in the plot lines but also in the promotion.
So put your fears aside and give your heart wings by writing the book you’ve always dreamed of; with these simple tips you will be an author before you know it.
Author Byline: Emma Bell writes for Coupon Croc. Looking for some literary inspiration? Check out these Discounted Titles.