Hello and welcome!
As you may or may not know, I write books. Mostly for children, although adults seem to quite like them, too.
So far I’ve finished two and published the first: The Seelie Princess.
The second is in publication at the moment. I hope it goes down as well as the first one (which, to my utter amazement, reached best-seller status on Amazon).
Since I first published The Seelie Princess I have been asked several times how to write a book by people thinking about writing one themselves. As a result (and for what it’s worth as a comparative newbie to this profession) I offer the following advice:
Stop thinking about it!
Yes, you read that right – stop thinking about it!
Instead, go and make yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee or whatever gets your creative juices flowing (gin helps, I’m told,) then sit down, take up a fresh notepad and pen; open up Word (or your program of choice) and put those thoughts down as fast as you can. Don’t worry about spelling (if you’re using Word, the little squiggly line will give you a clue about that) or grammar (another line appears as if by magic to help you there, too!) Go back to revise and edit once your idea is out of your head and down on paper (or on the screen).
Seriously, when anyone starts something new, who has? Most people start off by fitting in writing around the day job, house, children and animals. Once you start, believe me, you’ll find the time because your mind won’t rest until it’s out there!
Doubt about content?
Authors are possibly the most insecure people on earth. I’ve talked to a fair few now and guess what… not one of us has real belief that anyone will like our work. We all fret and worry and re-write and edit and pray we’ll be taken seriously and receive good reviews. We jump for joy when someone says something good about our work, and cry for days when someone else hates it. The thing to bear in mind is that not everyone will like what you write. It’s a matter of personal taste. I don’t like asparagus, so I don’t eat it! People who don’t like my work won’t read it – but others will – and it’s those people I write for ultimately.
So, what are you waiting for?
Stuck for ideas? Here are a few prompts to possibly get you started:
A Harley Davidson; a six year old in a white flowing dress; a creepy mansion; a sinking boat…
Let me know what you do with them.