THE EXCITING JOURNEY OF Writing
a Fictional Book
"IT'S A LUXURY BEING A WRITER, BECAUSE ALL YOU EVER THINK ABOUT IS LIFE."
No, this post is for those who have written and for those who want to write. For the first, this post is another aspect of the long journey ahead and for the latter, well, read the post and put the information in your satchel. Also for the latter, sit down and start writing!
Writer's have a tendency to be introverts, which means that like a life that is away from the crowd not in it. However, writing is a business, unless of course your writing for Cousin Lou or Aunt Rose, then it doesn't matter.
As a business though it's a completely different story and as a writer one has several hats they must wear.
That is only ten hats, and there are only 168 hours in seven 24-hour days. Minus 6 hours per night for sleeping=42 hours.
Meals, if you can afford a steady stream of them, 5 hours. Commuting to work, if you have a job plus working, part time because we are writers, 36 hours.
Breathing, worrying, schmoozing, worrying, paying bills, worrying, thinking, worrying, happy, sad, worrying, and having dinner a mom's, more worrying. Equals 57 hours.
That would mean as a writer if one were to spend a minimum of 4 hours a day perfecting the craft one would have invested 28 hours in that one week to complete ten various jobs.
Uh-oh TIME MANAGEMENT, without it a writer will be good at no more than four out of ten tasks.
You can write, write, write, write, write, to your heart's content, but if you want to sell, sell, sell, sell, the books you write then you need to create a marketing plan as you would any business.
I don't think that this will be a long post, but I believe it will be interesting. I feel it is important to share many discoveries we make as writers and pass them along. Currently, I am working on another new story, which is moving rapidly.
Today, I was in the middle of an action scene when to my surprise suddenly an antagonistic and threatening figure came out of nowhere. Not only were the main characters startled and shocked, but so was I. Was this planned, no, but when the scene finished, it was a vast improvement.
I have mentioned this about writing before. I am just a passenger in my stories. I try to put myself in the scene and observe the goings on at sea level. Not from above or below, but standing next to my characters. They dictate where we are going next.
I am learning to take chances and push through all of the safety nets. If I remain conservative then I don't believe I am any good to my readers or myself. One cannot be afraid to venture into the unknown or push the envelope a little further than one would normally. What is the worst that can happen, oops made a mistake?
In the bigger picture, taking alternative paths can be quite gratifying and quite surprising.
PARTIES, NOTORIETY, GUEST ON THE TONIGHT SHOW, OR ELLEN
Well why not! You deserve it, don't you?
(Here comes the close)
Well for a dime, one tenth of a dollar, I will give you the secret that all of these famous authors possess.
Here it comes: #1-HARD WORK, #2-HARDER WORK, AND IF YOU FAIL AT THE FIRST TWO,
#3 HARDER HARDER WORK !
Now that I poured a pale of ice water over my head, and discovering I have a masochistic side to my personality, I wouldn't change things or have it any other way.
Writing is without a doubt, one of the greatest gifts one could have. When I am sitting at a desk typing on my computer or, believe it or not, at the beach on my laptop as long as I am writing I am never alone.
I am in charge of my destiny and its outcome, of course, I have to toss in a little bit of luck along with lots of hard work. During the process of sorting through what is and what isn't the proper way to go about all of this, I came across an e-book, which cost me $12.99 on Amazon.
The book written by Stephen King is titled "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft."
For me, it has been the best $12.99 I have spent. Not to say I haven't purchased other books, but this one is far above the rest. I do not have the money or the time to sit in a classroom, a conference, or even a round table with other hopefuls. I do have time to read and read and read.
The first half of the book he writes about his childhood and growing up. He touches on his desire to write and shares his weaknesses. We all have flaws after all, we're human. He writes about dismal times in his life and other personal difficulties.
The second part of the book is invaluable for all new novelists and I highly recommend this book. When I read it, I feel as though I am in a living room talking to Stephen King personally. If I told you how to make a million dollars, but it would cost you $199 to learn my secret, OR for $12.99, you could read a book from Warren Buffett on how to make a million dollars, do I have to ask which you would choose?
I am sorry if I mislead you, but in all honesty, there is no
"Get Rich Quick" road to being a successful novelist.