There are many aspiring authors out there in the world, myself included. I like to think that there are so many unique ideas around the world to be shared with everyone, that there is enough room for everyone to have their works published. While we cannot all be bestselling authors and not everyone has the talent to perform writing well, you do not need to be Ray Bradbury or Stephen King in order to be a successful book author. My first was on the topic of Thai yoga bodywork, called Exploring the Ancient Method: Thai Massage from a New View. I am still unpublished though, so you will not find it on the bookshelves in a store yet.
Here are the things that I took away from writing my first book:
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- We are our own worst critics. You can obsess over your work endlessly and still not be satisfied that it is as good as you want it to be. The key here is to power through and then go back once you have reached the end and reread what you have written. Also putting it away for a few days before pulling it out again to look at will give you a new perspective and fresh eyes.
- Never over-edit. If you keep picking at the same passages over and over again, it will be over-edited to the point of being completely unreadable. If you have it pretty clean, hire a professional editor to clean it up for you even more, if you do not think it can be submitted to a publisher just yet.
- Create an outline from the beginning. Do a sketch about what you want to cover in the book and make some sense of it. I know if you are writing a novel, you may not be able to do this entirely as fictional characters all seem to have a mind of their own, but you still need to have some sense of where the story is going to go before you get started. Otherwise it could just go on forever.
- You will be rejected from a publisher. Do not take it personally. It will feel personal because no one likes to hear that their precious baby is not good enough to get into college. But like you would with your child, you will work on it, fine tune it, study, study, study, and get it done. Thought do keep in mind that not every story can be shared with the mass public. If you have something really obscure and is super bizarre, you may not be able to find anyone who will give you money for it.
- Find out what the purpose of you writing is. Why are you writing the book to begin with? Do you think you want notoriety? Is it a dare? Do you want to help people? Or do you just have something to share with the people of the world who would like to hear it? Some stories need to be shared with as many people in the world as possible. People need to be inspired.
- Take notes. I mean when you go out into the world, take notes about everything you are seeing as you are walking around. You never know when inspiration will hit you and you will need to embrace it when it does. I know some people will say to keep a dream journal, but I guarantee any notes you take in the middle of the night will make no sense in the morning.
- Relax and enjoy it. This does not have to be work!