Are you a beginning writer? A young writer who is excited to write your first novel but you don’t know where to begin? Have you tried all the courses, planners, and programs and found yourself more lost and confused than ever?
Me too. At least, I used to be! Once upon a time, I was a newbie learning the ropes alone. It was a big ocean out there, and I was drowning.
Friends, I am here to tell you it gets much better. I kept telling myself that, and one day it did. In my blogs, I will strive to be honest (sometimes brutally honest) about this career, but always with a thread of hope and help.
In the beginning, one of the hardest things for me was figuring out how to begin. What do I do? How do I do it? Then, I fell prey to the “one size fits all” way of writing a novel, which almost killed my career. I did everything I was supposed to, and it all went wrong.
I asked myself why this happened.
My answer was that I simply didn’t think the same way. It was really that simple. My brain processes information drastically differently from those writers who write those how-to manuals explaining how to write a 25-page outline, plot out every scene, make character cards, and so on. When I did all that, my brain said, “Well, that was fun. Let’s move on to the next story because this one has been told.”
But I hadn’t written anything!
My goal with Inspiring Authorship is to lead writers like me… the pantsers, the discovery writers, the “hey, that’s not how this is supposed to work” writers and get you across the finish line with your first novel.
It probably won’t be easy. Most things worth pursuing rarely are, but I think we can do this together.
Let’s begin here: Why do you want to be an author? Write it down and pin it where you can see it. You’ll need to remind yourself a few times that there is a light at the end of this tedious tunnel (and I promise, it’s not a train!)