“There is no one path to authorship, as every writer’s journey is unique.”
Maybe you’ve always aspired to become the writer of your dreams and you are ready to share your story with the world and earn the title of an “author.”
There are thousands of people across the world who cherish the dream of writing a good book throughout their lives, but the dream stubbornly stays elusive. So, what is the secret formula that will help unlock your creativity and establish you as an author and make your dreams come true?
Writing a book might seem an uphill battle for some. You need to build your strength on a rock-solid foundation. This means achieving clarity on why you want to become the author of the book. Once you know what you want from your writing and have worked on your foundation, you’ll be able to write your book with intention and purpose.
Whether you’ve been an aspiring author since childhood or for the last five minutes, the below three steps will give you the knowledge and assist you on your journey from being a writer to an author.
Educate yourself to become an author. The one thing you absolutely need in order to write a book is, of course, an idea. If you can’t think of that, you’ll never be able to get past the initial pages of your draft. You can gather your “super book idea” by asking yourself a few simple questions:what do I want to write about?
If you find the answers to these questions, you would be able to shortlist your best options. Think about the kinds of books that have made a significant impact on you. You would then want to write a book in a similar fashion.
Do you dream to authoring that perfect book that will climb the charts of bestseller lists and make a headway into the maze of publishing? Well, this is pretty much the cardinal rule— you should always be thinking about your audience and trying to write “reader-first.” Choose the right character in order to keep up to your audience expectations. As a reader of this article, what questions would you like answered? If you have any, do a quick jotting down of the list of questions.
Trying to work on your strengths! Well, you need to know your strengths before that. Try asking people around you who can give you an objective and unbiased feedback. Reading from the genre of books that you think of writing is a good way to start learning how to write in that same genre yourself.
Find out what type of people will be reading your manuscript. Think about the purpose of your writing the book and what it can offer to the readers. Think of why someone would read your book! Market is super-competitive, so you need to shuffle your cards wisely. So don’t cut corners on the genre research because this will tell you where the bar is and how you can surpass it.
Many writers think that the key to have an extraordinary book in the shelf is to load it with a wide range of vocabulary, flamboyant sentences and metaphorical language. While style is great, substance is far more important when writing a book — hence why you should focus primarily on your plot, characters, conflict(s) and themes.
Read, review, edit, and rewrite
Once you have sketched down all your ideas:
Books are life changing, not just for the writer, but for the book readers all across the world who will learn from your story. Great books make the world go ‘round. As you learn how to become an author and evolve, one thing becomes clear, it’s a process that takes time, dedication and some serious effort. Writing is an endless journey. So, don’t wait, “Just Do It.”