So you’ve been nibbling at the prospect of placing your wondrous, vile, acerbic, comical, ghoulish, creative thoughts down on paper. You grabbed the latest fad in the booksphere only to be massively disappointed (or awed). You want to write a book and the perfect story, filled with schemes and intrigues, has been thawing at your brain. “It would read well and would look even better with my name and picture emblazoned on the back of an artistic paperback,” you whisper to yourself, “I can do this!”
Disclaimer: This will be primarily for fictional authors. Also, these are mostly my personal experience, advice and general musings. Don’t take it as law. I will not be liable if your book sucks. haha. Seriously though.
Write A Book
Before diving headfirst into the world of writing, you need to first come to terms with a few things:-
- It’s one of the hardest things you’ll probably do in life. (And it won’t get any easier). But it is not impossible.
- It’s easier than you think. And no, I haven’t just contradicted myself. Trust me.
- It’s worlds apart from blogging and journaling. It is its own intoxicating universe.
- It will eat up a huge chunk of your time (by huge I mean ALL the chunk) and challenge every bit of your mind and imagination.
- Once you get into the rhythm, sometimes it will feel as though you’re going bonkers. (Or is that just me?). Seeing your characters in the streets, plotting revenge on your own villains based on real-life experiences, dreaming of bloody murder and the likes. But worry not, sometimes you need to ‘go places’ for creativity.
- Most articles about writing are from personal experience and are usually partial. Not everything will apply specifically to you, so learn how to sieve what is best for you and leave out what isn’t important.
- Get ready to lend pieces of your personality to book characters. You are your best resource.
- It’s totally satisfying!
As you all may know, in 2016 I self-published my first novel, Lords Over Kenia; The Prophecy of the Moon Chief. It was quite a learning curve for me as I had only been blogging before. This is my chance to share my thoughts, processes and experiences with those who want to write a book or think it is impossible because I believe we all have a story to create and share.
So stay on my site and look out for the #OnceUponANovel series as I attempt to walk y’all through writing your first novel!