So, you’ve created an idea or one-liner pitch for your story and, you’re feeling stuck and don’t know what to do next. And, your wondering, how to flesh out a story idea into a synopsis. When you first come up with an idea for a novel the process of developing a story idea can seem like an endless daunting journey. This feeling is perfectly normal. It’s the result of focusing on a grand goal instead of the next step along the path. And, this is exactly what you need to do when you flesh out a story idea into a synopsis.
You’ve probably just read the title of this post, ‘how to know if you’re a writer’ and thought, ‘she’s reading my mind.’ I swear to you, I’m not a mind reader. This has got to be the most frequently asked question among aspiring authors and writers. Everyone at some point with this issue of self-doubt. We fear that there are a set of prerequisites and we’re going to fall short. So, how do you know if you’re a writer? If you’ve ever found yourself asking that question, then this blog post is for you.
Do you have million different story ideas and are struggling to choose the right book idea? Or, Do you have a pile of manuscripts that you can’t seem to finish? This indecisiveness is the writer equivalent of shiny object syndrome, where you jump from idea to idea, and you can’t seem to choose the right one. You’re essentially stuck in the wonderful land of indecision. I understand how this feels. As a writer, I too have suffered from shiny object syndrome, especially when choosing a story idea or abandoning a writing project to start a new one. Over the course of my writing journey, I’ve gone from shiny object syndrome to reaching a place where I’ve finished two manuscripts that I’m excited to publish in a genre, that I adore. In this blog post and video, I’m doing to share with you, my number one tip on how to choose the right book idea.
I’ve been wrestling with the idea of sharing tips on how to write fiction for quite some time now. I set myself a crazy milestone to achieve before I put my pen to paper and share my secrets. I’ve been holding back until I publish a certain number of books and sell a large number of copies. In essence, I’ve convinced myself that I’ll only be of value to my audience once I reach these goals. As a coach, I realise this is a mindset issue and something I would challenge my clients to overcome. So, I asked myself the following important question.
Are you struggling to get those words out of your head and onto that blank page? Or, even find time to write? But, when you do write your daily word count is quite small. Perhaps you have a nine to five which is more like an eight to six then you go home to a family or spouse, cooking dinner, and cleaning. And, amongst all of the things you have spinning on your plate you need to find time to write. It’s at this point you feel like you don’t have the time to write and the temptation to let go of your writing dreams become tempting. The truth is, you don’t need more time, you need to use the time you have more efficiently and increase your daily word count.
Congratulations! You’ve finally finished writing the first draft of your non-fiction book. I think it’s really important you take the time to celebrate your current level of success because not every aspiring author makes it this far. It’s at this stage of the writing process that many new writers find themselves confused about the next steps they should take. This next step in the writing process is editing but before you start looking for an editor, you need to edit your book first. This is often called self-editing or revising and rewriting. The point of editing your book before you submit it to a professional is to produce the best possible version of your book before you submit it to an editor. In this blog post, I will share with you, how to edit the first draft of your nonfiction book.