I love hearing from new and aspiring writers. I often get asked for tips on writing and publishing. But this doesn’t just go out to new writers, seasoned authors often ask me how I do it, too, because I do write a lot of books in a relatively short time. I’m by no means the fastest writer out there, but I can produce 8-12 books a year with little hardship.
This isn’t the first time I’ve covered this subject. A quick search through my blog will show you others, but it has been a while and I certainly continue to grow in my thoughts and methods, as will you.
This first tip is a pretty universal must for every writer, and as basic as it sounds, it really is very important.
WRITE THE STORY!
How you go about doing it, whether on an iPad, your phone, a laptop, or pen and paper, whether you use the most recommended writing program or a basic notepad doesn’t really matter at this point. Just get it out of your head no matter how pretty or ugly it may be. Because there is absolutely nothing you can do if it’s still just in your head.
Don’t have an entire story in mind, only a basic concept or a scene or two? Well sit down and write that. Write down whatever you can about this story that you want to write.
1. Do NOT expect perfection.
2. Don’t worry about typos.
3. Write what’s on your mind as quickly as possible.
4. YES, you will read back and likely think it’s utter garbage.
Why? Why would you do this?
It’s simple. As long as a story remains in your head there’s nothing you can do with it. Okay, you could sit around the campfire and tell others, but that’s really about it and does not help your goal towards writing or publishing. We don’t want to waste a bunch of time. We want to remain purposeful towards advancing this goal of writing a book.
But what if my story isn’t ready?
That’s okay, and normal. next week we’ll talk about writing flow and how to better organize your thoughts. BUT with even a partial story haunting your mind, you will struggle to proceed until this step is done. Trust me when I say it will be a great relief and help bring clarity once you get it out of your head.
Think of it like this, if the same scene or story line is playing out in your mind over and over again, then you literally can’t think beyond that. It’s taking up too much space up there, so get it out! And then we can move on.
So, step one is simply to get it out of your head and into a workable format.
Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about what’s holding you back from doing this very basic, fundamental step. Because while I’m only saying the obvious, it truly IS the most important step there is towards writing and publishing a book. If we can’t write the story, we have no tangible asset to publish.
We’ll also talk about knowing your own writing style. Writing tools. Story flow. Transitions. And a bunch of other things. If there’s something specific you want to know about, drop the question in the comments because I guarantee someone else is struggling with the same thing. Or if you’re already in my Facebook Group, Julie Trettel Book Lovers, you know how to reach out to me there or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMEWORK: You guessed it… WRITE THE STORY, CONCEPT, or SCENE CLUTTERING UP YOUR HEADSPACE.
*If you’ve already got a partial scene, book, or project you’re working on, great! Sometimes even mid-book we need to stop and get something out that doesn’t necessarily fit where we’re writing, or even in the book we’re trying to write. Take a moment and stop to do it! I literally have over 80 partial projects written in various stages because new ideas strike all the time, and they can absolutely effect seasoned writers too if you leave it in there to fester. You just have to get it out and then we can move on.