September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

So you want to be a writer?

Maybe you have an idea you know will be a bestseller. Maybe writing a book has always been a dream of yours. Or maybe you already wrote the book, but you aren't sure what to do next.

If you decide to write a book, you are embarking on a journey. There will be many stops along the way. Milestones to hit. Bridges to cross. Tears to cry. There will be days you love your book. And there will be days you'll want to set it on fire. But don't get caught up in the shoulds and the coulds just yet, first you need to take the most important step.

You need to write.

Writing a book is like piecing a puzzle together. Sometimes all the pieces come neatly in the box. And sometimes you have to root around in the couch because half of them are missing. Each author is different. Each book is different. A lot of advice gets thrown around. There are writing apps and computer programs. Shiny, blank notebooks. Shinier pens. There are groups and chats and Twitter threads and books and blogs like this one. All kinds of writing methods. All kinds of people telling you how to write. And each writer's experience is valid and individual.

Writing starts with you and an idea and a blank page. It doesn't matter whether you'll be scribbling letters into an actual physical notebook or tap-tap-tapping your fingers across a keyboard. Just get those ideas out of your head.

Over the next few months, I'll be giving all of you a crash course in the writing world. Dropping writing tips. Linking resources. Catching you up on the lingo. We'll get into traditional publishing vs. independent and talk whether or not you need an agent. We'll talk about my favorite apps and my favorite writing books.

But the most important thing to remember is that you need to write. The rest of it doesn't matter if the book locked in your mind.

So pick your method, grab a seat, and start writing down those ideas.

And I'll see in the next post.

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