Hi there! Are you an aspiring writer- someone who wants to follow the footsteps of the most famous authors out there like J.K Rowling, Rick Riordan or Stan Lee? But before you can be the next New York Times bestselling author of the year, let’s check if you are ready to write your own fantasy, or romance books!
Listed below are some of the things you need to know and consider prior to writing your own book!
- Are you prepared for it?
Let’s face it, writing a book, let alone writing itself, is a tedious process. It takes days, even months or years of researching, depending on the genre that you want to write on. Some authors have spent years just to make a single fantasy book, complete with it’s own ethnicity, history and concepts, so you can’t really say that it’s easy writing a story, let alone accomplishing a single book, or even making a series out of it. Conceptualizing alone would take a lot of your time to do, along with its revisions and a lot of framework.
So, my question to you is: Are you prepared to spend countless hours and devote yourself to finishing that book? If your answer is a 101% yes, then great! You’re one step closer to finishing that book!
- Do you have a definite plot in mind?
Another thing you need to consider is the plot. There are a lot of ideas that may come to your mind while writing your book, but you should stick to your definite plot, and not make extras that would end up your concept framework going haywire. So unless you are sure of the plot you’re gonna go with, you should not start conceptualizing for now. Because trust me, it will only end up with you having a headache on solving the expositions of those fillers that you wrote if you don’t have that one plot in mind.
- Can you accept (harsh) criticisms, feedback and suggestions?
If you write a piece, there will always be criticisms, be it good or bad. Therefore, you should accept those criticisms, feedback and suggestions when you’re writing a book because there will be a lot, the more you’ll have those if you have proofreaders or editors that will scan your work. Receiving feedback, be it negative or positive, is a good chance for you to improve yourself and your writing, so you should and always be open to receive constructive criticism and feedback. Who knows? That one little change in your story will make it a definite hit with the readers’ attention!
- Your first book might never be your bestseller.
It’s a given, unless you get really, really, really lucky with it. Your first book will never be your bestseller, since it’s your “trial” or experimental stage as of a writer. So don’t get bummed if you won’t make it big just with your debut novels, and just keep writing. There’s always room for improvement, and that is where you’ll pour all of those improvements with.
- Do you have enough patience and perseverance to complete it?
Among all, this is one thing you should really consider. Are you just writing for fun, or are you looking forward to seeing your books in the bookshelves of a famous bookstore, let alone the national library? If it’s the latter, then you should have great patience and perseverance to complete your books.
Writing is a tedious job, but we still do it because we want to showcase our ideas and stories to the world. You’re getting there, and just by considering the tips above will surely make you a better and an effective writer in the future. Looking forward to seeing your books hit the shelves!