Saturday, August 25, 2018

Writing Prompt Saturday ~ Start That Novel!

Okay. I know what some of you might be thinking.

"Easy for her to say. She's already got books out there!"

Well, it isn't as easy as you'd think. Even some of the best selling authors out there face hurdles in their creation of their books. And it doesn't matter what genre you're in or if it's fiction or non-fiction, the hurdles are still there.

It all stems from an idea, whether it came from a dream, a life experience, something you've witnessed or heard about or a focus that is absolutely unique. From there, research has to be done, both on the subject that's the main idea in the book or story as well as how many other books are out there that would be competition. Plus, there are well-established authors out there whom your work may be compared with which would have a factor in whether or not a reader would give your story a shot. And we won't even talk about writers' block right now. And trust me. Every author out there, even the best of the best, has faced it at least once

The publishing aspect is another thing. It can take months, even years, and many publishers and agents to pitch to before that one place is willing to take a chance on you. Then there's editing, promotion, creating a platform...no, it's not as easy as it may seem.

BUT...it all starts with an idea. It takes a great deal of patience, commitment and focus to get to 'The End', but it's well worth it if you can get there. An editor friend of mine told me that writing and finishing the story, whether it's a short story or a full-length novel, is the easy part. But if you are strong enough to finish the work, you are strong enough to forge ahead and get your story out there.

So, that's today's prompt. Take an idea, and just brainstorm on how you want that idea to expand. Then, see if you can write a few paragraphs describing the story, from beginning to end, and fill it all in with characters, awesome dialogue, unique situations they face and resolve, as well as where you want to take your future reader.

Almost all of my books have been inspired by dreams I've had and taken me less than two months to write. But that's just me. Take your time.

Start with that idea.

Happy writing.

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