A Word to Writers and Authors on Authoring Your Novel
To the aspiring writer, who wishes to become a published author, I say, that you don’t write a novel as much as you discover it inside you. Becoming an author is more a matter of increasing the flow of ideas and thoughts from within you and getting it down on the page with a level of clarity and elegance that stimulates, in kind, the emotions of the next human who reads it. There have been many books dealing with how to write a novel, but as a book coach, I have found another question almost as important, when to write a novel? For many writers and authors, crafting character arcs, character development, points of view, story ideas, and story structure, establishing conflict, drawing the setting, or crafting the resolution too early would have the same effect as taking the cake out of the oven way early. Instead of a digestible treat, you get a gooey mush. And that can make you abandon the whole endeavor or worse, question your writing process or your writing skills. That could kill a nascent writing career.
Before you start writing, it’s good to wait until you are chomping at the bit to get it out. That time will allow character development to crystalize. If you are like me, you’ll talk about the story or parts of it to people. Gauging their reactions and trying out plots and plot twists can be very valuable. Or maybe posting little chunks on social media for comment could also lend a great insight.
Now I am not saying that writing classes or an online writing course, like mine at the Academy of Creative Skills, isn’t worthwhile, but it is best if you have your book idea crowning in the creative birth canal. Then the meaning and nuance of all the lessons and insights will resonate and, I believe, get you much closer to publishing your book.
I have designed my online writing class, From Writer to Author, as being neutral to whatever type of writing you are engaging with, be it sci-fi, mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, or any hybrid of those. Many of the principles are generic enough to have application in non-fiction, personal essay, memoir, or short stories. In fact, there are wonderful generic craft insights to tweak your writing skills whether you are seeking writing jobs, as a full time or part-time writer or author and whether you are seeking the self or traditional publishing route.