Have you decided that you want to become a writer and hopefully one day become an author like me?
Being an author is an amazing thing. You’re published. Your name is on the front of the book. You get to hold it in your hands for the first time like a newborn baby. Its a feeling you’ll have that will always stick with you.
Before any of this happens you have to think of a story or something that will get people to read. When I wrote my first published novel The Wish I wanted that dream to publish my book and hold it my hand and see it on the shelves at stores. But I knew that wasn’t going to happen until I write it. So for the next 9 whole years, I rewrote and re-edited The Wish and on Friday, September 29th, my printed book came in and I was all in ahh and wow moment. I just couldn’t believe I was holding my own book that took me 9 years to write and it’s printed. Then on November 11th, 2017, I had my first book signing and sold out.
Before that big dream happens let’s think about what you want to write about. There’s so much to write about in this world it’s not even funny. But think about it, what do you like, what inspires you? For an example, I like scary movies with ghosts and black shadows. I like haunted houses and haunted graveyards. That’s what inspires me to write. So now ask your self, what do you like, what do you want to write about?
Once you have that figured out, then you can write it down. Then to get even more inspired you can get online and type in haunted graveyards or New York City and it will bring up millions of pictures. That’s what I do sometimes, even though I think of my own stuff. But if you are having a hard time thinking of what to write you can also go online and ask people. Or you can look up blogs that talk about that.
Now that you have what you want to write about, you should probably write out your story idea so you know what you are going to write about. most writers don’t even do that. They just sit down and open a word document and start writing. Those writers are called Panster. Some writers will outline there story before starting it. They are called Outliners or Plotters. I was Panster when I first wrote The Wish then the next 5 years I outlined it and plotted it out so I knew what was going on and where all my characters were.
So, you have your idea down and you know what the book will be about and how it will end, you can start writing it. And if you stop and write new ideas down then start writing again, don’t feel bad or get upset. It happens. Good luck 🙂