I’ve been going for a while now on my new adventure as an author, and I’m writing up a storm. I have a whole collection of notes on future story ideas, and two works in progress at the moment. The writing part is coming quite easily to me, as I love to share ideas and emotions through text. Stories are the best way to give advice or relax and escape, or to learn the big lessons of life, whether it’s how to do something or how not to do something.
In just under a month, my two stories are at around 55 000 words for the young adult book, and about 45 000 words for the romance/erotica book. How did I get so much done so quickly?
I had to learn what worked best for me. For one thing, having two stories on the go instead of one means I always have something I’m excited to write, even when one project gets stalled a little and needs a day or two of thought.
Another thing is I don’t write in order. I can’t. I don’t always know what will happen, but I know where I want to end up. Sometimes working backwards is the best way for me to know what happens earlier in the book.
Before I began, I looked for resources for writers. I found gold. I’m still learning and looking for more help, but the Writing Mastery series of video courses by Jessica Brody got me going, showed me how to get set up, and keep me moving along. The plotting course is how I went from short stories to being brave enough for my first full length novel. The writing hacks course got me into a routine that’s fun, achievable, and sustainable. My family is already used to the new routine (at least the dogs are), and can’t wait to help me start my early day with a walk.
I found other useful courses, books, and ideas, too. I’m serious about learning the craft of writing, and being the best author I can be. Learning to tell a riveting story takes time and experience. I can speed up gaining experience by learning from other authors who have already made the mistakes.
If you had told me a month ago that I would willingly get up early and write before doing anything else, I would have laughed my backside off at you. Now I love it, and often get up before my alarm. Now I’m half done both stories, know roughly where to go in both, and am motivated to keep going.
My progress on getting sheer numbers of words down is less for both stories right now, but I’m at the read through and link scenes appropriately stage. I may realize I forgot a scene I needed, and go back and add it. Still essential parts of the writing process, and enjoyable in a different way. Knowing I have these two scenes and something needs to happen between them, having a rough idea what, then letting my imagination play is pretty fun.
So, the best advice I can give is learn about writing routines and ways to improve your own productivity. The tips and tricks really work! Customize them for you and go for it. Happy writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.