Over 3 years ago I started on my writing journey as a novice, with no idea how long it would take to write the story I had in my mind. Ultimately it took a hell of a lot longer and required more determination and resolve than I imagined, but the writing journey I went through was one I would not change.
Now I can finally call myself an ‘author’, and for all those other writers out there who have been through the process of writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting again before editing when your beta readers raise glaring issues, I salute you! Anyone who says writing is not hard work is obviously not a writer themselves.
For those of you who are just starting your own writing journey, calling yourselves ‘budding’ or ‘wannabe’ authors, all I say is this –stick at it. It will be hard; how many hours you think it will take you, double it, then double that figure again. No matter how detailed the plot is in your mind, it will change, countless times. owever many months you think it will take, change them to years. But stick at it.
I’m a great believer that in life nothing worthwhile falls into your lap; you have to go out there and take it, make it
happen. Being a writer is a privilege; your words become immortal once they are published, living on far after you have passed away to be enjoyed by future generations. That is special and something you should be extremely proud
There are a couple of downsides of course, and the path is not always an easy one to walk. You will have to make sacrifices. Time is a precious commodity in today’s busy life, but writing can’t be rushed. If you want your work to be quality, and showcase the best you have to offer, then you need to dedicate time to it. And even more time to editing it once you have finished writing!
The main downside for me is that there is now a hole; the last 3 years I’ve had a goal, to finish my story and publish my book. Now that is done, I feel empty. Sure I am marketing and networking to raise the profile of Salvation which is fun, but it isn’t writing. Inside part of me feels dead. But then I have a prequel already writing itself in my mind, and a sequel that is itching to be put down onto paper. And soon the whole process will begin again, only this time I will have a tiny clue at what I am letting myself in for!
Now you’ve finished reading this article I want you to do two things; firstly (and obviously) go and read Salvation. I hope you enjoy it, as the feedback I have had to date has been great. Secondly, and this is the important part, go and write your novel. It’s important you do it; for me, for your future readers, but most of all for you. If you need any help,
guidance or support, then ask me. I will always try to help new authors, as I remember how lonely it can be, and if I don’t know the answer, I am sure I can find someone who can.
You owe it to yourself.