My advice for anyone who says… “I want to write a book.”

 

Do it. Don’t talk about it. Don’t over-think the process. Sit down with a pen and paper or at your computer and see what happens.

Everyone must start somewhere and every book you’ve ever read started with one word. Which is probably not the first word you read when you buy it. That first spark in the back recesses of the author’s mind might not have ever made it as far as the first draft, but it still started there.

Then let that word grow into a sentence. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Many times, I don’t even bother using commas, which is bad to admit, but normally the thought wants to flow out so badly that it takes too much time. That is what editing is for, after all.

Stick with it. Don’t just do thirty minutes once. Sit down every day and write or you might get stuck again for a week.

Join the Second Wind Authors this month on our NaNo page if you need a little push along the way.

 

 

 

Suzette Vaughn is the author of “Mortals, Gods, and a Muse” and “Badeaux Knights”

 

 

3 Comments

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3 responses to “My advice for anyone who says… “I want to write a book.”

  1. Good advice. It all starts with one word.

  2. Getting out that first word then sentence then paragraph is the key. Many people have a fully developed novel in their head, but it does no one any good unless it’s put into words.

  3. Even when I simply find a concept I make sure to put down at least a paragraph. Otherwise I lose the thought process to where that story was going. As long as I get enough of it on paper, I can go back and write the entire story.

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