Want to write but don’t know where to start?July 7, 2016
Ready to share your story with the world?
Everyone has a story. It could be one filled with drama; knights, villains and a two headed fire breathing dragon, or maybe a story where one needs to keep a whole box of tissues or coffee to stay awake.
You have a story too. It could be a struggle you went through, your life experiences or it could be a colourful work of fiction filled with intrigue and espionage. If you have harboured secret dreams of becoming an author but don’t know how and where to start, here are a few steps for you to follow to help you get your first draft ready.
Choosing a writing sanctuary
It’s important that you find your special writer’s corner. This place should be equipped with all your necessary writing tools – a comfy table and chair, laptop/PC, adapter, pens, pencils, paper, post-its… Once you sit down to write, there should be no disturbances, no trips all over your house looking for stationary, water and snacks. Sometimes even the slightest disturbances can interrupt your creative juices. If your favourite coffee house has to double up as your writer’s sanctuary then make sure you get a table in some quiet corner, keep your supplies ready and get busy.
Getting down and disciplined
You need to set aside time to write. Deadlines are a must. Then you can create a schedule – daily, once or twice a week all devoted to your writing. There will be some bad days where you may be super busy or too tired to write. But persist. Even if you can’t put in a full hour of work, even 10 minutes of undisturbed time will help. Use it to jot down notes or do a little research.
Dealing with wordless days
You might find yourself sitting in front of your computer and the words are just not flowing. In fact there are no sign of them anywhere. Don’t freak out. Every veteran or new writer often experiences writer’s block from time to time. Just go for a long walk, watch a little TV, listen to some of your favourite music or go for a long drive. Don’t think about writing at all - plots, characters or chapters and when your brain is relaxed the words will just tumble out.
Getting it publisher ready
Once you completed writing you need to make your manuscript publisher ready. What most publishers will want to see is a short introduction about yourself, a short book summary and finally an error free and well typed manuscript. Most publishers go through only a chapter or two, so make sure your first two chapters are jaw droppingly good.
If you have a story to tell but are worried about your English, don’t let that stop you. After speaking to many shy first time authors, we have created an exclusive service for nervous first time authors. In the ‘Author Mentor Service’ an experienced writer will sit with you and help you structure your thoughts. Step by step you’ll will work side by side crafting your literary masterpiece.
For those who have already written their manuscript but not sure if it is any good, try a professional critique service. Experts will comb through your manuscript and give you a professional opinion about whether it needs any work or is good to go.
The world is waiting for your story, when are you going to start writing it?