When you hear publishing a book or anything that relates to being an author, what comes into your mind? Do you see your frustrations, struggles, and failures? Or do you see an author gradually outgrowing from these hindrances, carving the edge of his/her writing success?
The truth is, there’s no easy way out in becoming a successfully published author. Trying to accomplish the prize is painstakingly difficult, but it sure is worth it in the end.
Practice your writing skills
Practice makes perfect. Even if you’re an experienced writer, it pays to practice. Learning is a never-ending cycle. You learn each time you encounter new dynamics, especially when you perform activities that will hone your skills even more.
Improving your craft can be through keeping a journal or writing short stories. Developing a writing habit is a good practice to keep you on track with your craft. It’s a good habit to enhance your descriptive ability and to accurately get your point across in all aspect.
Collect your study resources
You can’t write effectively if you haven’t read a book in your entire life. It’s like hovering through the outcome while you learn along the process of how it is constructed. Read a variety of books that will help best to the development of your genre.
Your grammar or writing class is vital to your language. You can read books about writing and learn from different perspectives. Your study materials help expand your vocabulary, grammar and maintain uniformity in the elements of your manuscript.
Your story theme
What’s the core idea of your story? Is it the coming of age, rekindling an old love story, or time-travel? Make sure to stay away from cliché themes. Experiment, brainstorm ideas and get inspiration. What do you really want to write about?
Once a theme is established, pick a genre that would best define your story. Expand your imagination, you can extend your genres into one or two.
Characters & Settings
When creating characters and the settings to your story, make sure they make a distinct connection to each other. Not leaving an empty gap for your audience to question your creativity as a writer. Take influence from an existing place or an improvised one. All characters whether they’re supporting or characters who take lesser roles should be interesting enough to draw your audience.
Outline all the story events
Outline the major events in your story chronologically. This will help you remember the important events and even the tiniest details you want to incorporate. Start writing your story and make it a habit once you have an outline to keep you guided.
Remember the following!
- Set a writing goal of at least 250 words per day.
- Avoid over-describing your sentences.
- Include dialogues.
Get a professional editor
While you can edit your written manuscript on your own, it’s best to hire a professional editor to achieve accuracy and credibility.
Learn more about the endeavors of becoming an author and the joy of becoming one. The self-publishing direction is the best path to take after your final manuscript is laid out for publishing. M.E. Castanares’ fictional piece: Ellie’s Journal is a must-read for aspiring authors like you!