Practical Steps To Becoming An Author

I am glad you have the ambition to become an author. Well, I have got good news and bad news.

The bad news first:

Writing your book won’t be easy at first.

I have been there. If you think you can get all the ideas and inspiration at once, you are joking. Therefore, you need to calm and relax. Don’t rush it. 

But here’s the good news:

All that work is a small price for the amazing possibilities it can open to you.

Yea, you heard me right, at the end of writing there are numerous opportunities.

Now let start:

I get it. You’re antsy. You’re ready to write your bestseller right now. You have read or heard of writers who had never written a thing before and yet scored with a million-seller on their first try.

Throttle back. the stories are not always as you see them. Behind the amazing stories are years and months of struggle on what to write, how to write. Those stories become big news because they are so rare. Don’t bank on winning the lottery. If you want your book (and your message) to go anywhere, make sure you do the following first:

  • Studied the Craft

There is nothing like writing something new anymore. ANy inspiration you have to write on in already written down in another person book but it can be in another style of writing and another scope of inspiration. People won’t forgive your trial and error. So your best bet is to follow proven methods.

Read books, i repeat read books. Fill your intellectual capacity with informations. Download and learn from other people’s material.

Great writers are great readers. 

Beloved, there are books everywhere, if you will get your book in front of people to read, you must provide a well informed and detailed book. The competition has gotten so fierce, you’ll do yourself a favor if you learn how successful authors write before you try to get a second look from a publisher. Take the time to learn what you’re doing. You’ll thank yourself later.

  • Written Things Shorter Than a Book

A book shouldn’t be where you start any more than you should enroll in grad school when you’re a kindergartner. A book is where you arrive.

Start small, learn the craft, hone your skills.

I stated out by writing my thoughts on paper. pieces by pieces. Then, as my writing skill began to grow, i began to write articles. Do some journaling. Write a newsletter.  Get articles published in a couple of magazines, a newspaper.

Publishers are looking for authors with platforms (in short: audiences, tribes, followers, fans). So start building yours now. Any of the pieces above will start building steam behind your writing, and boost name recognition for you as a writer.

Bottom line: Work a quarter-million clichés out of your system, learn what it means to be edited, become an expert in something, build your platform, and then start thinking about that book or novel.

  • Plugged Yourself into a Community of Writers

Think you can do it alone?Then you’re a better writer than I.

Almost every traditionally published author I know is surrounded by a helpful community. How else would they deal with things like:

  • Frustration
  • Discouragement
  • Procrastination
  • Wanting to quit

I’ve written a few books, yet I often wonder whether I can finish the next one. At this stage for me, community means knowing I can be encouraged by colleagues whenever I need it.

When you’re starting out, another pair of eyes on your work can prove to be invaluable. Ten pairs of eyes are even better.

They may not be a writer like you but have friends that can push you to go on. Writing can be boring and tiring. it’s easy to start and it’s very easy to abandon too.

As simple as the above points sounds, if you don’t follow them, becoming an established author will be a mountain so difficult to climb for you.

Now you are ready to write your first book.

In the next post, I will be dealing with How you write, put those pieces together and form a book.

Thanks for reading

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