When I started writing, I got a lot of people saying, “wow, you wrote a book? I could never do that.” A statement that is somewhat perplexing. Everyone can write a book, it doesn’t mean it will be a bad, good or great book, but never the less everyone can do it.
In my mind, all you need to write is the will to do it. Not a very forthcoming or groundbreaking revelation know, but correct. Sure you would need Imagination, but most people who say they can’t are people who read. For me, these people have a great imagination, because they use this to fill in the blanks the writer leaves out.
So, with all that out of the way, let’s get started. For all those people who want too but don’t know where to start, here are a few pointers I’ve picked up on the way.
Get yourself a decent place to work. I’m not talking about renovating a room, so it becomes a writers den, not yet anyway. However, find a place you feel comfortable that is away from distraction. So, far away from that evil television.
Notebooks: Oh yes, notebooks. Ones you carry with you, a large A4 pad, pretty much anything you can scribble your notes on. Massively important. I myself have a notebook for out and about and an A4 jotter pad next to my computer.
Two hard drives or datasticks: why? Oh, believe me, back up, back up, back up. A number of times things have gone horrid on me, and I’ve not backed. Not a pleasant sight I can tell you. As good and useful computers are they have a tendency to go wrong on you when you least expect it. So, again, back up.
Know what you want to write: I’m talking genre here; Horror, mystery, erotic, horror erotic. Nothing worse than you writing something you feel you have too, rather than what you want. If you start writing something and it feels wrong, stop and try something else. Find where your passion lies. At the end of the day, you want something you can pour your imagination into.
Never stop trying: You write one book, it doesn’t do too well (remember you set your own bar, if you set it too high, naturally you’ll feel like you failed.) So what, you’re a new author. You are learning. The more you write, the better you get, plus you are starting to make a name for yourself.
Social media: Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn..ECT. Get your beautiful face out there. Unfortunately, it’s more about selling yourself rather than your books. If people don’t know you, why should they buy your book? Get yourself a blog, or do book reviews, anything so people can read your work. Folks love to put a face to a name. So, get tweeting.
Talk to other authors: Oh my goodness yes. For this one, you will defiantly need social media. These brilliant people are a source of infinite wisdom. They’re like the wizard of OZ. Joking aside, other authors are the best source of information in regards to writing I have come across. They’re friendly as well, so don’t be afraid.
Read: Lots of writers, authors(especially authors because they want you to buy their books, great sales ploy) will tell you to read. And it’s true. Reading helps you to know how you want to lay out your book. Whether you use the same approach as Lee Child and use short, crisp sentences, or long flowing ones like James Patterson, Massively descriptive like Micheal Connelly. As a new writer, you are in the position to invent yourself, and that is the other important thing. Invent yourself, don’t mimic. Someone once asked me which author I was most like. I replied, “I’m like me.”
Finally, and possibly the most important. Enjoy yourself, have fun in your work. If it feels like work, it is work. If you enjoy what you write, then the readers will enjoy reading it.