This doesn’t need to be full-length novels. I personally write a lot of short articles, many of them for a local historical society. I am not paid for that, but it helps me improve my writing. It also gets my name out there, which is important for marketing, but more about that tomorrow.
Fiction writing and non-fiction writing are two very different things.
I have the most experience in non-fiction writing. You choose a subject and do lots of research. Then you write it all out. Sounds easy and it is, as long as you know enough about your subject.
Fiction writing is different in that you have to set the scene, built a world and populate it with characters. In addition, you need a story, a plot. I have found that centring my stories around something that happened to me and then elaborate on it, works for me. I do have an imagination, but I am not at that level yet, that I can come up with just anything. My work in progress is in fact an experiment to see if I can pull it off to write fiction as well. So far, it seems to be working.
Sometimes I get a bit of a writer’s block. I usually break it by leaving that particular part behind for a while and start a new chapter. This seems to work for me as well as for many other writers.
Another very important thing in the writing process, specially when you want to publish your work, is getting beta readers and an editor! If you have decided that you want to make some money with your writing, you need to be professional about it from the start! Of course, you feel that your story is the best that was ever written, but it also means you are far too close to see its flaws. Don’t be stubborn and listen to your beta readers and editor. They are there to help you, not to throw you under the bus.
My WIP is a good example. My beta readers liked it, but felt there was something missing. I have been thinking about their remarks for the last three weeks and have concluded that all of the 20,000 words need to be rewritten. Difficult, but necessary and the book will be much better for it.
Keep writing everyone!
Interested in reading about the other writers in the Indie Block Party? Then follow this link! (Scroll down the post a bit until you see the picts of the participants.)