Personal advice for first time authors

There must be a million different ways to go about writing – but who’s counting – with no one single way being better than any of the others.

I cannot count the numer of times I have been asked how I have gone from: having an idea, to actually writing a book. Each book completed has much improved my skills in the art of writing.

My stories grow from what I have seen, learned, and / or experienced. Once that tiny seed is planted it germinates, sending out tiny leaves before flourishing. Sometimes a story needs to brew in my mind for years before taking full shape. Other times it is so demanding that I think of nothing else, until I have written it out in full. After every book I have written, I became a changed person. Most surprising was the emotional journey I had been taken on.

People often say that they have a great book inside them, but don’t know how to get it out. Writing a book is not rocket science. 

Simply,

take a deep breath,

Create an outline

and

Just write.


How you go about writing depends on how you:

  1. like to work,
  2. think,
  3. plan and structure things,
  4. and what your book is about.

Here is how I went from idea to first words.

I cleared my brain and my calendar.

I went from living a hectic and stressful life to having time and freedom to contemplate life. Writing a book is more than storytelling – it has a personal side to it. I write with my voice, but it comes from my characters and what they are experiencing. My characters are real. I feel their pain and joy, their highest moments and their lowest. I cry, alongside my characters.  If you do not love what you’re writing then start over – you must be passionate if you want it to sell.

Writing has been a journey in itself and changed me and I feel like a different individual, from before I published my first book. Writing makes me see things differently, for I have walked the many paths of my characters.

I feel that I am a better person for the journeys I have travelled.