So, you want to write a book. You have an idea, but the nagging question is what to do next.
Congratulations. You took the first step. I do have to issue some cautions, though.
There are many writers who make a living as a writer. But the majority are just squeaking by or writing to an audience of one. Those in the latter categories are who I would like to help with this overview.
I do believe everybody has a story to tell. We don’t share because we don’t know how to tell the story … then we get frustrated … then we give up.
You do have to realize most writers sell very few books – despite the pitches out there to the contrary. Your story has to be somewhat unique or told in a unique way for it to gain traction. Even traditionally published books have to get by an editor first.
Of course, it’s pretty rare to jump into a novel without honing your skills with short stories and publishing in small newspapers and magazines. And be prepared to invest hard work – mental work – and hours of rewrites.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This space is used to address the mechanics of writing. The basic recipe for any story – be it a letter, a press release, a short story or novel – is the same. What. When, Where, Why. How.
Over the next few weeks I’ll tackle the What, When, Where, Why, Who and How. Realize they are interconnected. And I’ll address writing issues you want addressed. Just let me know.
In the 50-plus years I spent as a writer and editor I have written and edited some real stinkers. I have also polished words to bring them to life, both my own and those of others.
Are you ready?
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we have to let go of what is killing us, even if it’s killing us to let go.