Have you written and published an E-book? I have written three E-books which I self- published. It was a learning curve for me. I came to terms with many things. If you have written and self- published a book, you will probably agree with my points below.
Here are the things I learned from writing my E-books.
1- No such thing as a perfect place to write.
I currently work in a 9-5 job which is quite demanding. Regardless, I knew I always wanted to be a published writer. Initially, I thought I could write something and wait for some big publishing house to find me and give me this great book deal. Pipe dream! I quickly decided that my best bet of getting my work out there was to self-publish my books on Amazon. And that’s what I did. But first, I had to write the books. I got rid of the procrastinations and started writing. I wasn’t going to let my 9-5 job stand in my way. So, I wrote everywhere- in the train going to work, my lunch time, on holidays with my family abroad etc. Don’t get me wrong. I craved for the perfect setting – a nice cottage in the woods somewhere, a beach house with the calming sound of the ocean or my own home, all to yourself. No such luck! I settled with writing when I could, where I could. It paid off. I guess my point is, as a writer, you can pretty much write anywhere. Find out whatever that will boost your writing and stick to it. You may never find that perfect setting.
2. See yourself as a writer
I learned that calling myself a writer helped set my mind on the writing task. Thinking like a writer will take away the self-doubt. I had serious self-doubt when I started writing. I wasn’t sure about my writing or that anybody would read my books. I cloaked myself to be something else other than a writer. Luckily, I snapped out of that frame of mind and started seeing myself as a writer. That really helped me. I also realised that writing the books was one step. The next step, if I wanted to be called and seen as a writer, was to promote my books to reach many people. I haven’t quite succeeded there yet, but I’m working at my promotions.
3. Get your tools ready
On the days that I was lucky to write in a quiet home, I usually got all my writing tools out and ready. I loved having my pens, (different colours), on the table, printer plugged on, pencil sharpeners, papers, staplers, paperclips etc. Did I really need all the tools before I started writing? Not really. At the end of the day, all I needed were my computer, writing pad and internet. It was like a ritual to have them by me when I was writing. It helped me accomplish my tasks. Tip! Do what works, as long as the task is completed.
4. Forget editing all the time
I am perhaps one of the worst people when it comes to self-critique. I always think the last sentence could be better. I will tend to edit and try to perfect each sentence as I go along. NO, NO & NO! It will slow you down. I learned to switch off my internal editor. I worked faster after that. My Advice? Don’t edit while you write. Finish the work and then edit the heck out of it.
5. Edit , Edit and Edit
Following on from the last point- be a mean and ferocious editor. I struggled to edit out some paragraphs, sentences and words, even when I knew they did not strengthen the stories. It can be hard to push that delete button, when you’ve worked so hard to write them in the first instance. It’s tough, but my advice is to omit needless words, paragraphs and sentences that don’t advance the understanding and readability of your book.
6. Write an attention grabbing opener
I have come to understand that writing compelling opening statements for your books will probably determine how well the book performs with readers. You can start with dramatic statement like – I knew my life was in danger the moment he saw my face – This is an opening statement in my new fiction thriller coming out soon. Does it grab you? Does it make you anticipate reading the rest of the book? Please let me know in the comments section below. But of course, a great opening line is just the tip off the iceberg. You will have to find a way to take your readers along with you on the rest of the journey. Bottom line- write a good all round book.
6. Write in active voice
I now understand that writing in active voice makes it easier for readers to follow the story. Writing in active voice helps me streamline my words, making me go straight to the point without waffling about on the pages. You want to aim to avoid painful editing at the end. I aim to use between 85% to 90% of active voice in all my writing.
7. Use Simple words
I use to think that using big words was impressive. Actually, it is a turn off, especially if you are writing fiction. For readability, use very simple words, replace wordy phrases with simply phrases, and keep sentences and paragraphs short and simple. It makes your writing powerful and interesting to read.
8. Give your readers the ending they are paying for
Your readers are the most important aspect of writing. Think about them first and give your book- fiction, nonfiction and self-help books resounding endings. How do you achieve this? Don’t rush it and don’t settle for less. Take your time and finish with an ending that will leave your readers wanting more of your books.
Did you learn any tips during the wring of your book? Please share any helpful tips. I am always willing to learn and try new things.
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