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Procrastination is something that
will dictate our lives until we die, but we can control it and pull in the
reigns. Today's blog post is about the procrastination of a wanna-be author. A
lot of people (including myself) like to think we have a masterpiece of a novel
within us. We believe we have an idea that will sell millions. We think about
our idea, talk about our idea, and occasionally write rough notes about our
idea. We may even start to actually turn our idea into a story. However, one
thing usually happens to most wanna-be authors. We stop. We think our idea is
terrible (it isn't). We think we are terrible at writing (we aren't). We think
that we are nobody. No matter how terrible, how stupid, or how much of a nobody
you are, never give up. First, look at this picture.
At the bottom, where it says wanna
be, is the writer I am talking about specifically. The wider a field is, the
more people in that stage. So, there are more people at wanna be than anywhere
Next up is learning, which is a
little harder to define. I think of it as someone who is halfway through a
novel, short story, novelette, or novella.
Next is a bigger drop off of people
than what appears. I think the population of finished novel is way lower than the
population of learning. That's because a lot of people give up on themselves.
They give up on their idea and their story. I want to tell you that if you
finish a novel (good, bad, or ugly), you're already halfway there. You're
already ahead of half the people writing. That isn't to say publishing is easy,
but having that drive to finish a novel is so important. You'll never know if
the idea you have is good or not unless you finish.
All first drafts suck. I'm not the
first one to say this, but it's truer than true. Your first draft of anything
will suck. After finishing your first draft, you move onto editing where you'll
turn that sucky first draft into literary gold.
Next up is multiple novels.
Sometimes published can come before multiple novels, but multiple novels
usually comes first because most people's first novels are not what publishers
want (Don't let this discourage you). Most of the time, authors who have written
multiple novels will have an easier time getting published because they have
practice. In order to get good at writing (and anything), you have to practice.
Write on gameinformer.com. Write every day. Work on your novel every day (You
DO have time).
Once you make it to published, I'm
sure you will be full of glee because now, you feel you have finally proved
yourself. This is the biggest step when writing a novel. This changes you from
author to published author. This is what most everyone is shooting for. This is
what I am shooting for.
Next on the list is multi-published.
Being multi-published helps to set you up for the breakout carousel. The more
novels you have published, the more recognized you will be. Also, it means you
aren't a one-hit wonder. It means you truly have improved and are getting
The final spot is breakout. This is
a little harder to define. I think of authors like Stephen King, John Grisham,
and J. K. Rowling as breakout, but there are many more. To me, breakout is when
people around the nation or world know about your work. I also think it is when
non-readers know about your work. Breakout is merely icing on the cake and if
you get there, more power to you.
I hope that this blog post has set
you back on path writing that great novel you've always had in you, or I hope
it has kept your novel in motion. I also recommend NaNoWriMo as a good program
to help you write a novel in 30 days. Please understand that the novel you
write won't be publishable, but like I said, the hardest thing is finishing it.
If you can do it for NaNoWriMo, you can polish it up and possibly have
something publishable. One prime example of the success of NaNoWriMo is the hit
book and movie Water for Elephants.
Have you written a novel, novella,
novelette, or short story? Are you writing one? Let me know in the comments
Good luck in writing and never give