Spring Clean: Your Dreams!!
By Dawniel Patterson Winningham
April 1, 2012
So you dream of writing your very own book? Even if this is not your dream, you must admit that the thought may have crossed your mind on more than one occasion: The New York Times says that 8 in 10 Americans have thoughts of writing their own book. Whether you dream of writing the next Science Fiction book, or you plan on giving Stephen King a run for his money writing thrillers, you must ask yourself this one question and answer honestly…. Do you have what it takes to move writing a book from the dreams column, onto the done checklist?
What to write?
To be honest when it comes down to what you will write about you have several options. There are many genres of books available and you will first have to decide what the story is that you want to tell the world. The obvious choice is to do your own life story. Many people go this path because they feel that their story is impactful and will bless someone else who may be going through the same thing.
Many of us, (me included), may not be willing to share that much of ourselves, or may not feel that our life story is anything that others would even care about. Then what? Are you in a career that is hard to break into? Then maybe you would want to write about that. Are there special life skills that you have that by writing them in a book, others would benefit? Then that may be your choice. Are you creative and spend all day daydreaming of future worlds, filled with aliens and strange animals. Then Sci-Fi may be the way to go for you. What you decide to write is a testament to who you are and what you love. If you choose something that you are not hugely passionate about, or that you are not very familiar with, will only lead to writer’s block down the line.
How to write?
Getting started is not as simple as it may seem. Do you have the skill set needed to write a book? Is writing something that comes natural to you? If not you may want to consider taking a creative writing class. Many of them are available for free online. There are also group writing classes available at most neighborhood colleges where you will not only be challenged to write, but you will have a supportive group of individuals readily willing and able to give you feedback on the work you produce. There are also many books available, as well as articles on the internet, that can help you when it comes to putting together the book of your dreams.
When to write?
Contrary to popular belief, true writing takes discipline. In the midst of the hectic lives that many of us lead, carving out the time to be creative, or sometimes to just get one word on paper between dinner and the kid’s homework can be a challenge. Many writers take what is called a hiatus (time away from everything) in order to get their writing done. Some writers, (like myself), write in the wee hours of the morning when the house is the most quiet and I can gather my thoughts without interruptions. It’s about 4:30am as I write this very article (*wink).
Your best bet is to identify times when you know your family is most dormant, and when demands on your time are the least… and just to get started. You may have random thoughts throughout the day that may help your craft, make it a habit of jotting down those notes until you can get back to them later. Warning: failure to do so may mean those thoughts may be lost forever, caught up in the madness of everyday life!
My book is finished, what now?
There are many options available to you to get your work out into the world once it is finished. Everything from traditional publishing contracts to pay to publish companies, and even the option of publishing your book yourself exists in this modern day world. There are even people like myself, publishing consultants, who can help you make the best decision for you and your book, depending on what you have written. But do me and yourself a huge favor! Don’t put the cart before the horse, finish your book and it is SURE that you will be able to take on your next challenge…and navigating the world of publishing.
Stay tuned for my next article…’Choose the Write Path’, and learn what publishing option works best for you!
Until then, cheers to you and the book you are writing. God Willing, it may be the next Great American Novel!
So what are you waiting for? GET WRITING!
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B.L.O.G. Magazine Contributor
Dawniel Patterson-Winningham is a successful corporate performance coach and Assistant Vice President at a Fortune 100 Firm. In addition she is a private life coach (DreamScapes Coaching) specializing in helping people achieve the dream of leaving their 9 – 5 and becoming entrepreneurs and provides pro-bono coaching to non-profit entities looking to expand their reach to assist others. She currently writes an empowerment monthly column for 10 magazines. She is CEO of her own publishing company (Twin Power Publishing) in which she not only publishes her own books, but also coaches aspiring authors on completing their own self published titles. She is the mother of 3 including twins and currently resides in Katy, TX; a suburb of Houston. Her books are available on Amazon.com for purchase and also available for download on most e-readers. Her newest book GODPOSSIBLE is due to be released in March. You can reach her at email@example.com