You want to build your dream book into reality, but it’s giving you troubles. What is it? Is doubt have your paralyzed stunting your start? You read how-to books, but nothing is working for you.
I understand. There is so much information out there. One tells you to do it this way and another a different way.
So what do you do?
First Look For Similarities
Look for information that tends to be the same no matter who you listen to. Similar information will show that it works for several people.
Will it for you? You won’t know until you try it. And even though you may be disappointed that it hasn’t worked for you, don’t give up. Keep trying new ways.
Mesh Them Together
Sometimes it might help you to try different ways and take what works for you and mesh them together. It’ll give you your way of doing things and build your own system.
I was listening to Joanna Penn’s podcast, and she was interviewing a fellow writer. This writer is a panster. She doesn’t even plan the ending of her story. I’ve been stressing that you should have an ending. But if this is the way that works for you, my advice is leading you in the wrong direction.
That is why it’s so important to find your way of writing. I still believe that the 1000 words a day is a good jumping-off point. It’s a doable goal and will get you into a rhythm of writing.
In the beginning, it will be easier for you to stick with it if you see progress. I know it’s hard to get started. You have no idea what you’re doing.
That is why having an outline, in the beginning, will help you. You’ll be able to have a roadmap for your book.
The voices in your head will be loud, and if you do the outline first, some of those voices will shut down.
You Need To Start
When you do your first book, start with a character. Or if you’re writing a romance, you will begin with two. Build up that character with a flaw and a strength. Have an idea of some of the character’s background and what has shaped the character.
You’ll want to know the setting of where that story is going to take place. If it’s a fantasy, you’ll want to know a little more about the world. Or if it takes place in a town you’re not familiar with, you need to do a bit of research to portray that place correctly.
Then you can map out the outline to build your dream book into reality. Break the story down into three acts. I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly, but it’s my way. I have the beginning of the book broken into loose scenes. Then the middle scenes where a lot of stories sag. And then the ending scenes. This way, I can see if what I’m writing is going to move the story along.
Make Losey Goosey
None of the scenes you create are written in stone. If, as you write, you find your character taking you in different directions, change it up. All scenes can be changed.
Think of it like a sculpture that you’re molding into a beautiful work of art.
If you find that this is still too much structure, make the scenes even less direct. Put a sentence down.
If you need more, expand on it more. Do the three acts and then work on adding more to them. This is one way of writing. You take the story and continue to build on it.
You Are In Charge To Build Your Dream
It would help if you had readers, but you are the writer. Pick the genre that best suits your style of writing and go with it. You won’t know until you try different genres if you don’t try.
If you’re scared, the readers will hate your stories, try them out on a few readers. There are beta readers on Fiverr that you can pay to read your stories. This is one way to see if you are on the right track.
You can try to submit your stories to contests. It’s not to win but to get the feedback that you’re looking for.
Believe You Have What It Takes
You have to be able to take your chances. If it makes you nervous about putting your work out there, you can get a critique partner. I realize that they are hard to find, but a good critique partner will help you grow.
Get a sound support system. People that will understand what you’re going through. I have a new Facebook group called Writer’s Coffee Clutch that you are welcome to join. I built this place for a safe place for writers to join with other writers. It’ll be a place where you can share your wins and your insecurities. Fill out the form below, and I’ll send you the invite.
If you have a dream to be a writer, you deserve to be that writer. It’ll take time, and it’ll take work. But you can make it a bit easier on yourself if you stop beating yourself up. Write up a loose outline. Know your characters enough to get you started and learn more about them as you go along. And commit to writing at least 1000 words a day or five days a week. It’ll get you started.
Then if you decide you’d rather wing it to build your dream book, because it works better for you, do it. Forget about the outline. And go for it. Write as many words as your brain will let you. It’ll be your blueprint. And you’ll be able to do that once you have tried it.
How about you? Do you write without an outline? Are you able to get started without a plan? Leave a comment below about what works better for you. And be sure to fill out the form below if you want to join my private Facebook group.