Have you decided that you’re going to a book? You’ve always dreamed of doing it, and today you’re going to do it. You think the writing process is to sit down at the computer, open up a word document, and the cursor blinks, but no words come?
You have no idea how to start. As a former writer that is now getting back into the game, I can tell you that the first sentence is hard. I used to agonize over how to say it. I’d start over and over again.
Starting the book can be hard. At least it was for me. And especially if you are new to it. It’s easy to imagine sitting at the computer and pounding out the words that will form your story. That the writing process will be easy. Like you see in the movies. But somedays it’s like pulling teeth trying to get the words out.
Sometimes it’s like most days.
You need to train your mindset, so your subconscious stops telling you that it’ll never work. It will tell you that you don’t have the talent. And it won’t be easy.
As you are trying to type out the words, your subconscious is going to be trying to pull you out of the story. It’s going to try and be the ruler. Most of all, it’s going to scold you continuously and try to get you to watch a Netflix marathon instead.
Turn A Dream Into Reality
It’s always going to be easier to dream about writing and that you’ll be a New York Times Bestselling author. But unfortunately, that rarely happens right away.
The best bet you have is to write and write and write. Get the words out on the paper, have the book edited, and start on the next one. Every book you write, you’ll get better. And the more books for your reader to find and experience, the faster you’ll have a chance of being a bestselling author.
The Writing Process
Another way to get those words out on paper is to outrun the voice in your head. Write as fast as you can and get it out. Don’t edit while you go. Vomit it out. I learned that from The Story Studio podcast. If you don’t listen yet, give it a try. They give you a lot of great tips and tricks.
Don’t read what you have written until the next day. Even with this blog, as I write it, I feel like it’s crap. That what I’m saying isn’t going to help anyone. But then I let it sit and look at it the next day. It’s almost always something that I want to share with my readers.
Another tip that The Story Studio podcast gives is to write what you want. Don’t worry about if the story is going to make sense. They say to do it four passes. The first draft put out the story that you want. The second draft you write the story that you mean. In the third draft, you write the story that will sell. And the fourth draft, put in a few Easter eggs to give a surprise element to the story.
One of the ways you can write faster and have a guide map of where you are going is to have an outline or at least points to hit in the story. If you put this into your writing process and have the story all figured out, you can write faster because you know where you are going. Of course, there is an argument there because some writers can’t use an outline. It kills their creativity. If you are one of those, this blog may not help you. However, most pansters will have a general idea of the ending of the story before getting started.
Editing Blues In The Writing Process
Once you have the story written, the other thing that your mindset may take a hit on is the edits. Your editor is going to do their job, and your story will come back inked up. I always glanced through all the red on the pages right away. Mostly it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Then I would do the easy edits first before going back and tackling the harder ones.
You have to trust that the editor sees your story in a different light. They are reading it through for the first time and aren’t as close to the story as you are. Take their suggestions with a grain of salt. It may hurt at first. Your subconscious is going to rebel a bit even if, at first, it didn’t want you to write the story in the first place. Give it time. Read over the edits more than once. Often, I would get a little salty over the edits, and then I’d let it sit for a bit, and I’d see that they had a point.
Writing is a huge mindset bender. You have to school your mindset while you are writing the story continually. Then once you have it out on paper, the story will look better to you.
I can’t speak much from personal experience on reviews because I didn’t get many. But a few that I got were also hurtful. It’s the reader’s point of view, and they have a right to it. But if you get a bad review here and there, don’t sweat it. It doesn’t mean the book was terrible. Just that it wasn’t their cup of tea, if you get a lot of bad reviews, then you may have to reaccess your stories.
I know one review I got more than once was the heroine was too needy. I wrote romance at the time. And after I reread the books, I had to agree. Frankly, romance wasn’t the genre I should have been writing in anyways.
You’re going to have to promote your books in some shape or form. Your mindset may tell you not to because then no one will know you wrote a book. At least that is what mine did. I was a little embarrassed by my romance books. So I didn’t promote it.
That mindset of mine kept me hostage, and I shouldn’t have let that happen. To be successful in anything, you have to have your mindset in check. Your mindset works for you.
So if you dream of writing that book, I hope these tips help you out. Because the first draft has to be written, or it’ll never have a chance to get published. Drop a comment below and let me know if it did help.