Authoritative Tips on Writing, Publishing,
1. Why write?
Are you on the threshold of the most exciting journey of your life—to becoming a creator? Yeah, that’s what writing fiction is all about. It’s like playing God as you breathe life into your character, give her a name, a shape, features, characteristics, idiosyncrasies and more. Even as you unleash your imagination, people and places come alive on the pages of your story.
If this is how you feel when you write, then you are moving in the right direction.
You are reading a book and at the end of it, you can’t stop thinking about what could have happened after you shut the back flap; you keep imagining an ending that is way different from what the author has written or maybe even a variety of ways the story could have ended; you keep weaving a story on similar lines but with characters based in your hometown; scenes keep floating about in your head, not letting you sleep...
...then story-telling is your forte.
The above are reasons enough to choose writing as a profession and nowadays it’s very much possible to make it a lucrative one.
If you are trying to write a story just because it’s the fashionable thing to do or because it is what your peers are doing, then please don’t bother.
If you are penning a novel just because you see a lot of authors becoming millionaires, and feel it’s a quick way to make money, you couldn’t be more wrong.
If you are writing a block buster (in your imagination) because you think it’s cool, then please get a job.
Writing needs passion, imagination, language skills, story-telling ability and very importantly, a strong sense of discipline. Above all these, you need self-motivation. Nobody’s going to tell you how to write or how much to write, day after day. All those stories that run in your mind, cannot be published if they are not put in words, more like a Word doc.
If you like the idea of playing God and are ready to work a couple of hours every day, actually writing your story; you have the patience to get it published – indie or traditional; market it shrewdly, then yes, writing is definitely a career option for you.
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author of 14 titles—12 romance novels and two short story collections, all on Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon.
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