Day in and day out I have been putting in hours the equivalent of shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard. In other words, no matter how much effort I put in it feels as though I've been making no progress. But that's ok...as writers we persevere. Because in our world it isn't so much what we see that tells the tale of if our work is reaching others. That's why I like doing live events. This lets me meet people face-to-face and find out just how my work is touching readers.
The problem has been that there has been so many things to do that I've been scattered. As of this morning I think I have found a method of containment: a schedule. Yes, a primitive method of planning out your day but updated to a dry erase board that I can look at daily and see what method of marketing is on tap for the day. So far it is helpful. It puts all the madness into perspective.
This got me to thinking about starting out on a writing journey. Staring at the blank page for the first, or even the fiftieth time, can be daunting. In your mind the story is perfect and when you put pen to page you almost shatter that illusion because no matter how perfect in your mind it doesn't always turn out that way when writing...not in the first draft anyway.
So in that vein here are a few tips to get you started on your book. Because no matter how tough the road getting that book completed and read is a very rewarding experience.
- Get an idea
- Create your characters and the world they live in
- Decide what the character(s) are trying to accomplish
- Set up obstacles that prevent or make it difficult for the character(s) to get what they want
- Introduce a flaw or some aspect of character that needs to be addressed before change can be made
- Build tension
- Allow your character to face said flaw and have them grow from it, thus aiding in their task to obtain their goal.
Readers love to follow characters. Give them someone they'll fall in love with and can relate to and you're well on your way!