As I mentioned in my Leveling Up blog post, I'm working on a children's book. It's not as easy as it sounds. It's more than a few words and an illustration on the side. Formatting, layout and storyline plays a big part in the success of any published book. I've done a lot of research on this topic, and I want to share the resources I've come across to help me along this journey. But before I dive into those, I want to ask if you’re living your dream? Have you ever read one of my blog posts and got inspired to write? If so, let me know. I want to give you the push you need. I do offer consultation services, but sometimes we just need a little inspiration and motivation. I want to do that for you. Email me with the word "Affirmation" in the subject line for a bit of guidance and push.
Now, onto the tips and resources I mentioned (Disclaimer)- I am an aspiring author who loves to write. With that being said, I am no expert, and I'm sure there are more resources out there. These are the few I've come across thus far. Remember, I just started this future author journey. By the way, check out the future author gear I recently designed!
1. Write everything down.
Act as though you will forget everything and write it down. You'll thank yourself later. Get a business and goal Journal.
2. Write with no fear.
So, along with my children's book, I'm writing my memoir. Yes, that is correct. I'm writing a memoir, and I'm not on my death bed. The most important thing to remember when writing a memoir is to make sure you're offering something to your readers. Quite frankly, no one really cares about your life unless you're Beyoncé or Prince.
3. Write what you know.
There is enough fake news out there. Choose a topic you're well versed and excited about. The passion will show in your writing. If you do not know about the topic, seek knowledge before writing.
4. Set Mini-Task.
Breaking down your work helps with goal tracking. When you set and achieve your mini-goals you’ll feel the motivation to keep going. Basking in the little steps along the way is important.
5. Take a break.
Stepping away allows you to come back with a fresher mind. New and better evolved ideas can emerge from a break. Be sure to take care of your mind, body, and soul while succeeding.
6. Don't stop.
Most writers are not born great; they practice. The best way to get better is not to stop. I'm not the best writer, but I see the growth with every blog post, and I appreciate the little steps. Write often.
- The Emotions Thesaurus: A Writers Guide to Character Expression
- The Emotional Wound Thesaurus
- The Urban Setting Thesaurus
- Shimmering Images, by Lisa Dale Norton
- *Pages for iPad
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