How to Write a Book
The more you talk to people about being a writer, the more you’ll hear people share they too have a dream of writing a book. However, few of them actually get their idea onto paper.
Being a good writer also being means a good character in your life story. Four life-tips that will make you a better writer: live, steal, run, and think.
You’ve finally carved out a spare moment to write, you open up a blank document, and set your fingers on the keys. But then nothing comes. You check Facebook thinking maybe something there will be inspiring. No luck. You wonder if your muse is hiding under the stack of dirty dishes so you clean every bit of grime you can find and still come up empty. You’re at a loss for ideas and your writing time is dwindling quickly.
It’s going to happen someday. You’re going to open your inbox, and it’s not going to be the headline that makes your eyes leap to that one email. Your blood pressure’s going to rise, and it’s going to seem like Chrome slows down in opening that email that’s going to change your life.
Two simple things required of all writers in order to find their voice.
The truth is we all have hidden expertise we don’t think about. There’s something you do regularly you know more about than most of your friends.
Hidden within that expertise you consider mundane is a story the rest of the world has yet to hear.
While using names is funny in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s not as funny in your novel.
The scene’s clear in your head. The characters are running around creating drama, making their own lives difficult but yours easier with every passing word. Until you realize you don’t know the name of that brown-eyed beauty and her Prince Charming lacks an identity of his own.
I don’t want to be a writer anymore. Why should I bleed on paper just for some editor’s red pen to bleed all over it? My ideas aren’t that good and no one ever reads my work. No publisher’s ever going to like it. Besides, it’s giving me tendinitis. No, I’m done with writing. I’m going to find a career with a steady income and consistent job description.
A fellow writer tweeted that she deleted 16 pages because she didn’t like the direction her novel was headed. You could hear the sense of accomplishment in her words. My heart stopped (ok, not literally).