So You Want To Be A Writer?

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So You Want To Be A Writer?

Writing a book is a dream for many, but it can often feel overwhelming when you’re staring at that blank page, wondering where on earth to start.

That’s what I’m here for – to guide you along the way as well as to encourage you because the hardest part of all is getting started.

To make that easier, here are some of my best tips…

1. Embrace Your “Why”

First things first, let’s talk about your “why.” Why do you want to write a book? Is it a story you can’t keep inside any longer? A topic you’re passionate about sharing? Understanding your motivation is crucial because it becomes your anchor throughout this journey. When the going gets tough (and it will), remembering your “why” will keep you anchored.

2. Read, Read, and Then Read Some More

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for writing a book is by immersing yourself in books. Read widely and voraciously, across genres you love and those you’re curious about. This does two things: it exposes you to different writing styles and it fills your creative well. Think of each book you read as a masterclass in storytelling.

3. Start Small and Build a Routine

You don’t run a marathon by starting with a marathon. Start with the equivalent of a writing walk around the block. Set small, achievable goals for each day. Maybe that’s writing 200 words a day or spending 15 minutes jotting down ideas. The key is consistency. Build a writing routine that fits into your life, and stick to it. As you gain stamina, you can increase your daily word count or time spent writing.

4. Create Your Space

Find a writing space where you feel comfortable and creative. It doesn’t have to be a picturesque cabin in the woods (unless that’s your thing!). A corner of your bedroom, a cozy coffee shop, or even a quiet library spot can be your writing haven. Make it a ritual to write in this space, turning it into a trigger that tells your brain, “It’s writing time.”

5. Plan… But Not Too Much

Some writers are planners (outlining every chapter in detail) while others are pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants). Most fall somewhere in between. Experiment to find what works for you, but remember, too much planning can become procrastination in disguise. At some point, you’ve got to dive in and start writing the actual book.

6. Embrace Imperfection

Your first draft will be rough, and that’s perfectly okay. In fact, it’s expected. The goal of the first draft is not to be perfect but to exist. You can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank one. Allow yourself to write poorly, to make mistakes, and to explore your story without the pressure of perfection.

7. Connect with Other Writers

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Connect with other writers through writing groups, online communities, or social media. Sharing your experiences, challenges, and successes with peers can provide motivation, inspiration, and invaluable feedback.

8. Keep Learning

The craft of writing is one you can always improve. Attend workshops, take online courses, and read books on writing. Each story you write is an opportunity to hone your skills and grow as a writer.

9. Be Patient and Persistent

Writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires patience, persistence, and a lot of hard work. There will be days when the words flow effortlessly and others when they trickle out painfully slow. Through it all, keep going. Your story deserves to be told.

10. Celebrate Every Step

Celebrate your milestones, no matter how small. Finished a chapter? Treat yourself! Worked through a tough plot problem? Do a happy dance! These moments of celebration fuel your journey and remind you of the progress you’re making.

Starting your book-writing journey is both exciting and daunting, but remember, every author you admire started right where you are now. With each word you write, you’re getting closer to the dream of holding your book in your hands. So, embrace the process, lean into the adventure, and start writing.

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