It seems like everybody has an idea for a book. Of course I’m all for it! So when people consult with me about their book idea I start off with a series of questions. By the end of my consultation some people realize that they need to flush their idea out a bit more. Writing is serious business in my world and I believe that if you pour your heart and soul into it then it needs to have a purpose. Which leads to the first thing you should do before writing your book.
I literally write something everyday. Some of it doesn’t take a lot of thought: like journaling, writing letters or inking my plans for the week into my planner. Then there’s the writing that takes a lot out of me. Even though these assignments are my passion and calling in life they pull a lot of creative energy from and I need to focus to produce something of quality.
Lately I’ve been approached by people who don’t profess themselves to be ” writers” and they ask stuff like…
“How do you just come up with ideas like that?”
“How do you keep from getting distracted?”
“How do you do it?!”
I’m not just an editor. I’m a writer first, always. I’ve been penning books since middle school and one of my goals for 2017 is to completely finish the novel that I’m working on now. I’ve read and edited many books that start off strong and then get boring AF in the middle of the story. This is why some publishers and editors will initially ask you to send chapters from the middle of your book when they’re considering taking you on as a client. We call this the Messy Middle. It actually gives us great insight!
If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.
I just want to start by saying that this post is in no way an attempt to coax anyone into buying me any of these things. I’m a writer so I’m simply giving you ideas for other writers. *insert smiling with angel halo emoji*
As with all creatively led folks, writers can be a bit complex and difficult to understand. OK maybe that’s just me as a person. Anyway the point is that it may not be easy to think of gifts to get because creatives are seemingly all over the place at times. Don’t worry though, I got you! Here are some things that any writer would appreciate receiving.
You might already know that I decided to host a giveaway to celebrate my blog’s first birthday. Woo hoo! Leslie Jackson, CEO of And Inspirations supplied the prizes for the winner. Isn’t she the sweetest?!
Paper. I’m biased. I mean, the photo gives that away, right?
NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching next week! If you have a book idea it’s a great way to build community and stay on track with your writing. Unsure what NaNoWriMo is? You can get more information here.
I’m working on a book of my own and started research on whether to release an eBook or going with traditional printing. Even though the world is crazy digital, printed book sales still trump electronic versions. Whew that was good news! Because for me, some things cannot be replaced. One of those things is physically cracking open a book to read.
It’s become easier than ever to publish a book. Now authors have the ability to release their literary gold without the overhead of a company. Self publishing has put the dream of completing a book in reach for just about everyone. I know a few people who want to write a book but haven’t gotten around to it because – well, life happens. Are you one of those people? Let me give you some motivation!