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 else.

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 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 better.

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 below.

Good luck in writing and never give up.