An Author. Do you have what it takes to become one? If you don’t think you do, don’t sweat it! It’s a lot easier than you may initially think! While writing a book might seem difficult, there are a load of benefits such as getting published, enjoying a career you love, impacting people and issues with your writing, gaining media attention and I can assure you that no-one is complaining about the royalty income.
Before beginning to write your book you should definitely do a lot of research and planning. Make sure that you’re writing about a story, issue or topic you are passionate about in order to keep you engaged and interested. Writing an entire book about something that you do not find thoroughly engaging is sure to be tedious work.
Another little tip for aspiring authors would be to carry a notebook with you at all times and pop down ideas that spring up during the day. Why not even try writing down your dreams or thoughts and going from there! Even if it doesn’t seem relevant at the time it’s always a good idea to get into the habit of writing down your thoughts you will be able to expand from your previous, seemingly “unimportant” thoughts as a way of creating bigger ideas.
When writing it is important to write as YOU. Don’t try to stick to a genre or write to please someone else. Write to please yourself, the most important thing when writing is to write something that you enjoy writing and that you would want to read! Ironically, writing for yourself is the best way to write for your audience, as you will most likely be targeting groups of like minded people with the similar thoughts, ideas and interests to you. Honesty and transparency is also extremely important in writing, as people tend to gravitate to authentic content. By writing as a result go your own enjoyment or satisfaction you are more likely to gain publicity rather than writing for the sole purpose of money or fame.
After writing your book, don’t stress, there are heaps of printing companies in Melbourne who are more than willing to print copies of your hard work, so you can get it out there quickly and conveniently!
As Stephen King puts it “writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well.”