On behalf of writers who’re skeptical about launching out, some concise points:
1. ANALYSE YOUR FEAR.
Check your perspective. What frightens you could be nothing more than a passing fly or if it’s like a mountain, good luck finding your way around it (seriously, we’ve all got our fears. So what’s the tripe feeling about?). Fear is transient if you treat it how it ought to be treated: ignore it.
2. THROW FEAR OUT THE WINDOW.
Do what you ought to. Stephen King didn’t sell huge by romancing chips.
3. DON’T BOTHER WITH WRITING A LOT.
Ok, it sucks if you’re lazy. But here’s a good help: shoot for 500 words daily for a start. Then clamber up from there.
4. BE DEDICATED.
If you aren’t improving your writing daily (e.g. Your dialogue, description, narration, pacing, fluency, clarity, etc), you don’t deserve being in the game. Hello, there’re more vacancies for pork meat sellers these days, why don’t you give that a try?
5. WRITE AND PUBLISH.
But don’t write to get published. Confused? It works this way: Write because you love to but publish because you have to. The former is embedded in dedication, and the latter, in finishing what you started.
6. TRY SELF-PUBLISHING.
But be ready to do the work. Ever sweated a bucketful? Get yourself ready to do that. Self-publishing, though trying, fetches great gain. You get saddled with all the tasks of a book publisher, plus the load of writing the books. Learn all you can about self-pub, then do this, as Russell Blake suggests: Write (75%) and market (25%) of the time.
7. START A BLOG.
Or how else did you intend to start self-publishing? Blasting your works on the faces of beat-up masses? If you’re planning on being a great writer (you think! Duh!), start a blog, and document your thoughts there. What’s more, it’s your launch pad, and seriously, you really cannot exist without it these days as a writer. (Or you could give book-hawking a fair try *laughs*)
8. REALLY LOVE THE CRAFT.
Or you’ll fail at it. Besides dedication is the determination that comes with the strong drive to get the work done; to write 2000 words each day like you’ve promised to. And there’s the discipline of actually writing those words or they will never write themselves. (Start painting grandmas’ faces if you’re too lazy to write). Dedication. Determination. Drive. Discipline. All these do not come from Mars. You’ll have to manufacture them. I didn’t think I’ll pluck them off thin air, but I pay my dues. Do the same.
9. GET DRESSED TO SUCCEED.
You’re a writer, behave like it. Plus, take it seriously by respecting it and getting down to write, write, write!!! Make it your business and treat it like one. Because really, that’s what it is: business.
10. WRITE MORE BOOKS THIS YEAR.
There’s the deluge of opportunities to do so now than before. Research has been made easy by the vast information provided on the web. Stop sitting on your butts and get to work. Are you planning on writing fictions or non-fiction (oh, I wish you’ll just combine both and see how soon you’ll tire out. My point is, choose one and specialize)? Get them out there fast. There are more hungry readers than there use to be (think I’m kidding? Check this out). It’s necessary if you’ll be self-publishing and if you’ll need your name to stick to your readers’ memory. Naturally, readers forget an author’s name quickly when their reading appetite isn’t assuaged quickly and successively by the author. You’ve got the opportunity to sell more if you write more. Four books in a year is just too possible.
11. LIVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Not satisfy your egocentric self at the expense of your readers’ innocence. Read the huge handwriting on the wall: Readers want great stories that aren’t laced with lies but are sincere, they want detailed non-fictions that answer the questions weighing upon their hearts. Readers are innocent. Treat them in that manner and don’t throw poop in their faces, thinking no one will know. Some mad man may be dumb to not understand a thing about sanity, but we aren’t. Be sane!
I ‘hush’ my pen here. Go and do what’s written. But while you’re at it, please leave me a comment below about why some writers are scared of launching out. I mean it. LEAVE ME A COMMENT! *fumes*
Yusuff Busayo is a
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