You’ve decided to write a book. Although it may seem as if it’s all glamour and glitz, there’s much more involved than just “writing a book.” Very often, authors seem to “fall” into writing it whether they had planned to or not. When you’re a writer, there’s something inside that may have you writing down characters, or topics of discussion that interest you. Whether you realize it or not, this is actually the preparation phase for your book.
What’s the process of writing a book?
Truthfully, there’s no magic “formula” you have to follow, and there’s no set place you have to write. Authors have taken their blogs and turned them into books. Other people have just started writing, with no outline or end in mind. If you’re a little unconventional (like me), you just do it! Do it because writing a book has always been your goal. Do it because you want to do something different, but most of all, do it because you want to do something for YOU.
If you’re really serious and want to be picked up by a major house, here are a few things to remember:
- No agent, no writer
Many agents don’t take solicitations. This can be discouraging, but eventually you will find one that is willing to work with you.
- Think future forward
You have to keep your endgame in mind. Looking at your book as a project instead of a hobby can go a long way.
If you don’t want to go the traditional route, there are a number of options for you. You can publish an eBook, delve into the land of the self-published, or do a crowd fund campaign to finance your distribution. When it comes to getting the word out, the options are endless.
Don’t ever think you can’t be an author or write a book. We’ve all had to start somewhere. With digital media being such an integral part of how things are done, you’ll be able to get your book to the masses in no time. Even if you veer off course, you can always come back to finish what you started. Many authors say their “characters chose them,” and it’s true.
There is no cookie-cutter approach to writing a book. The best writers write what they feel, when they feel it and let the pieces fall as they may. There’s a term for that – it’s called creativity. Use it when writing and the world becomes yours!
Writer Bio: Allaire W is a professional writer with a love for the written word and a sweet tooth that turned a hobby into a business. You can find her “cooking” up assignments while covered in cake batter.