WRITER OR WRITING A BOOK?
So, you want to be a writer? Well, okay, let's start with this...do you really want to be a writer, or do you only want to write a book? Believe it or not, there is a difference.
I have people who tell me they always thought of writing a book, why, I don't know. Others say, they have an idea and they think it's a good one. They feel people would love to read it.
Writing a book, a single book, is not being a writer. Yes, you wrote something, but people write
day of their lives; they write notes, texts, and emails, among other things. Now, I know what some of you are thinking; there have been true writers who have only written a single book. It's not the majority, but, yes, there have been a few. However, most true writers, write all the time. They write the moment they wake up in the
until they go to bed at night. Some even stay up all night when they're on a roll. They can't go to sleep until they get all their thoughts and ideas down on that paper or computer. Their goals are not to write just one book, but to write many books.
If you are one of those people who are only interested in writing a single book because you have an idea you thought others would be excited to read and you have this need to share, great, go ahead and attempt to do that. Maybe you always thought you wanted to write a book for some other reason, (why, only you know, but there has to be a purpose) so you decide to give it a go.
Whatever your motivation for sitting down and attempting to write this book, please do yourself and anyone else who may take a stab at reading it, a favor, and do some research. I don't just mean research on the content of your story, though that's important, but research as in how to structure the story. Reading a manuscript or a self-published book that isn't formatted properly, can not only be distracting, but frustrating and annoying, as well. That, in itself, is a long learning process, so make sure you know it before you start.
Even bigger issues come into play when writing a book, and those are the enormous amounts of errors throughout the manuscript. Some of the self-published books I've read have blown me away, and I don't mean that in a good way. A few errors, here or there, is one thing. A massive amount of errors throughout the entire story, is another, especially when they're in almost every paragraph. Make sure you edit your book yourself before you send it to a "real" editor --and you should definitely send it to a professional editor. Check your spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and tenses. Yes, we all make mistakes, no one is perfect. I've even seen errors in professionally published books. It happens. up
I understand there are things we all want to try to do, and I'm not one to ever discourage someone. What we have to remember is, we're not all able to do what we want without putting in the hard work and effort. I want to jump into a helicopter and fly it, but that's not going to happen, not unless I take hours, upon hours, upon hours, of flying lessons, not to mention the amount of education needed to be a good helicopter pilot. That may be an extreme example, so let me use a simpler one. I want to open a home craft business. This is more along the lines of saying I want to write a book. Yes, I'm not bad at making a particular item--maybe sewing a pillow, for example. I've
a few here and there. I took a few sewing classes in school. Do I just sit down at my sewing machine one day and start whipping out pillows? Do I toss those pillows up online without a business plan? Do I even consider how I'm going to market these pillows or get people interested in what I have to offer? Are my pillows even that good? Are they made well, free of errors and mistakes? Are they only so-so and since there are so many choices in pillows, why would someone want mine?
It's the same with someone saying they want to write a book. Just because you may know the English language and type texts and emails every day, doesn't mean you're a writer or you're even capable of writing a book.
Not everything is for everyone, but if we have a true desire and dream, if we work hard enough and put in enough time and thought, we can and will make it better. So, if you truly want to write that book, make sure you don't just sit down and put words to paper.
Writing may sound easy, but it's not. I learned this the hard way years ago, and I'm still learning. I learn something new almost every day, and I'm thankful I do. My intent is to get better and better. I hope yours is as well.