- Books, Literature, and Writing
We All Have a Book Waiting to Be Written
The First Step Is Easier Than You Think
How many times have you either told yourself or heard that you should write a book?
You've come to the right place.
The writing journey for me began when I was about 7. My parents bought me a beautiful collection of Disney albums with storybook attached. Of course, with the albums came the record player to play the music. Each page relating to the album had large colorful pictures adorned with large words. This collection remains with me today and is completely intact. The record player, or turn table as it is called today, is in a picture of a Christmas long past. My critiquing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Cinderella, Peter Pan, to name a few, remain on the colorful pages as if they were just written. I love to look at the collection on occasion and share some of my most magical childhood memories.
HOW YOU START writing a book is knowing that you can. Know that whatever is important to you, whatever you have a passion for or whatever you have experienced, is a writing ready to be written.
YOU LOVE TO READ but how would you continue on to writing after you reassure yourself you can do it?
That’s easy. One trusted start for a writing would be from your personal journal or diary. Yes, I had a diary as a child and loved it. Even the tiny key that unlocked my thoughts and feelings from the day was treasured. This diary writing stopped years ago, but not the importance.
I then moved on to a journal which is a lifesaver in and of itself. So many important happenings are contained on those pages. From this you can trigger a story from any thing you experienced. The most remarkable aspect of writing is you expand your imagination and creativity. Even if you never wrote a thing in your life, even if you never had a diary or journal but had a tiny spark of any idea to do a writing, go with that. Take that tiny spark and turn it into a creation all your own.
What do you enjoy? Do you read stories to a child or children? Consider writing a children’s story.
Are you one for drama? Well then jot some notes making certain the characters can be related to. Did your cousin’s former housekeeper really brainstorm the embezzling?
Science, Western, memoires…you name it. There is always a story waiting to be written and who better to write it than you.
The point of these examples is for you to know and choose the type of story you would like to write.
Once you know the type of story you want to write, form an outline. An outline is the best way to keep your writing in sequence.
I’ll share with you my outline. Please feel free to use my outline as a sample.
1. Table of Contents
2. Write the chapter name with a sentence or two describing the chapter.
3. What is the purpose of your writing? This is important.
4. Write a short outline for each chapter. Include a main point of that chapter and end that chapter with a concluding sentence.
5. For a non-fiction book start by writing your resources as if it were a Table of Contents.
Of course, this is preliminary. This can change as you expand on the writing but there will be a point where it is stationary. You will know that point when you get there.
I belong to a writing group. Each member is at a different level of writing. Why is a group helpful to me? A group is helpful to me for their expertise and opinion. The role of this group is to critique one another’s writing. Nothing is personal and it is a form of a welcomed constructive criticism. Yes, perhaps some of the viewpoints shared will led me to change the wording in a sentence, or something as such. Keep in mind that every person has there own style, there is no wrong way to write or express. Keeping this premise in mind, my sentiment is nothing will keep me from the purpose of the story or stories I write and why I need to write them.
You do not need to belong to a writing group by any means. You can self-direct and self-critique. All this takes is discipline and desire, which you already have.
Some writing terms:
Genre – type of story
Flashback – necessary if your character is about to be plunged into a situation in which he will act contrary to the way he has been acting up to that point in the story.
Foreshadowing – a promise of conflict.
Drama – Conflict and bringing a character to life.
The purpose of this writing is to share some basic points of the exciting world of writing. Main points were touched upon. Please don’t panic or break out in a sweat. Relax and the words will flow. When the time comes that you are very comfortable with the writing, it will be time to write a query letter in the quest of identifying a publisher. You may consider self-publish as an alternative. These terms and options will be covered in another writing to follow.
Years ago I wrote down some sentences. These sentences turned out to be poems. My enjoyment was having the words flow and being able to write the words down. Having read some poetry but never reading how to write poetry, I had placed them in a file. Recently I saw an online request for poetry. So I thought, ‘why not.’ I submitted my short poems and they are now in an online inspirational ezine. Let me share two with you:
The color blue comes alive with vivid gleam and glow. The water either surges or a placid calm is renewed and the vibrant sea again comes to be.
Take a breathe; glance at the sea; capture laughter or a simple odyssey, let be what will be….bewilderment can intrigue thee.
I hope you enjoyed my two examples of writing poetry.You can do this too, you say. Yes, you can.
You may surprise yourself too and have a gift for this type of writing, so give it a try. Again, just know that whatever your expression, it is a creative outlet that you can keep to yourself or share with others. Try it, you will like it.
I can support you in your writing endeavor! Reach out please if you could use guidance with your book waiting to be written. Happy Writing!! Heidi