As you can see from the title, this post is about writing a book. FYI, I have not published anything . . . yet.
However, I have completed many graduate-level papers that are a book itself, and I am currently writing a major research paper for the completion of a second master’s degree (this is the reason for my LONG absence from blogging).
Nonetheless, as I returned to school last year, I realized that my calling is to be an author. I love crafting stories and sharing them with other people. As someone who hates public speaking, writing allows me to express my thoughts, feelings and experiences to others without inhibition.
So, I decided to write a book! Yeah, this could be a crazy idea after sitting at home for way too long due to COVID-19. Still, I feel it’s the right step. I have already completed one chapter of a self-help book for young women. It’s been an enlightening experience and one I wish I found years ago.
At this point, since I am at the beginning stages of book writing, there is not much I can offer that you cannot already find online through Google. However, my experiences thus far have shed some light on the whole process that may be useful:
- “Writing is HARD!” It’s very easy to take that for guaranteed when reading other people’s work and thinking that their story just dropped onto the pages. Nope! Developing characters, plots, and storylines take much thought. It’s a craft.
- “Love what you do.” I understand that my book could fail. After all, everyone is not going to write an instant bestseller. Maybe it might be rejected by many publishers, or people could hate it. While no author wants this to happen to them, it does, and ultimately it’s a great learning experience. Therefore, make sure that you love the craft rather than being successful. It will help with the disappointment that usually comes along with the journey.
- “Find your writing style.” J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, among others, all found their niche. It can be tempting to try to emulate their voice to be successful. However, I would strongly suggest not to go down that lane. . . remember, plagiarism is illegal. Each of those wonderful authors wrote from their perspective. You should too; people need to hear it.
- “Start over if needs be.” Three months ago, I was writing something completely different than what I am doing today. Yet, I found that I was struggling to move beyond the initial pages because I lacked inspiration. Something just did not feel right. So, I scraped the entire idea. You should too! Never feel pressured to continue a book when your heart is not in, even if it is almost finished. Your readers will pick up on your lack of motivation, and that is the worst thing as a new author trying to gain credibility.
- “Develop a good idea.” Is there a topic left unturned that you would love to read about? Well, write about it. There is so much information out in the world, but the majority of it lacks the spice that you can bring. Focus on cultivating something fresh. The people who eventually pick up your book are likely avid readers. They don’t want to see the same thing over and over again. Take time to really create something they will love.
Voila! These are some of the few lessons I have learned while writing a book. At 31, I never thought I would be doing this after spending my entire career in the nonprofit sector. Hence, this proves that it is never too late to pursue your dreams!
Stay safe ❤