It’s no secret. I love to write. It’s been a lifelong dream. Well...almost. I actually wanted to be a secret agent veterinarian when I was in the younger “grades” (that’s what I called my fellow elementary students). It was during the transition from elementary school to junior high that I began to flourish. Granted, there was no structure to my writing process. I was a kid. I didn’t know about that stuff yet. Instead, I practiced “free writing”. I had story ideas in mind and simply let the pen flow on the paper. Looking back, the grammar wasn’t the best and the plots were weak at best. However, the stories were creative and the characters were strong. I wrote with an unending passion as my imagination soared.
I am an unpublished author. That means that I’m an author but haven’t published any of my works. Could I have published a book by now? Sure...if I wasn't so critical of myself and didn't discouraged because original ideas are difficult to come by. It seems as if every time I have a good idea, an author gets recognition on the Bestseller circuit for a parallel piece. Frustrating, right?
Do I give up on my dream to write and publish a masterpiece?
If I didn’t have any passion for it, I’d find some other goal. This is what I want to do.
There are several ways to approach writing one’s first book. I’m in the initial phase that I refer to as “learning”. In my opinion, it’s important for writers to see how other writers approach the craft. Here’s what I’ve learned:
So, what’s next after this research? Snippets. That’s a cute way of saying “Brainstorming”, but it serves the same purpose. I’m ready and very excited.