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Writing a book is one of the best forms of art. It allows you to express your creativity and ideals into written characters and fantastic worlds, without using paint or a pencil. But when I became a writer myself, I didn't realize how much I needed someone to help me with certain situations.. or people.
Becoming a writer is a large task that needs some foresight from others. It's better to go into it with a few things learned and discovered from other writers. It can help us grow in our skills and our ability to deal with conflicts that come our way. Having help can also give us the comfort to know that we're not alone when we come across frustrating circumstances.
1. Ignore These People
When you start to take your imaginations and ideas to a notebook or an untitled document, you'll naturally want to let people in your life know. But there are certain people you should be aware of. There will be those few people that say the cliche line, "Oh, you want to write a book? That's such a competitive industry." IGNORE THIS PERSON. While this is true in a sense, there is something you should account for. Many authors, when they dedicate or give thanks in their book, it was to a person that encouraged them to keep on going even when they felt like giving up. Now if you surround yourself with people that don't believe in you or your ability to finish the book and get it on the shelf, then yes, it will be near impossible to get your stories out there.
So find that one person you can put in your dedication!
2. Bad Advice
So many people seem to think they're experts on whatever you've just started on or have been doing for quite some time. So expect people to give you their two cents, and then put those two cents into a Starbucks tip bowl. A great example, and one that you might run into, is when you hit writer's block. You might casually bring up the subject, and that you haven't had much luck overcoming it, to which they'll respond, "Well I've heard that to overcome it, you just keep on writing! Go on, even when you don't know what to write." Now what sense does this make? "Aw yes! I don't know what to write or where to go.. so I'll just write whatever comes to the top of my head. Brilliant!"
Which brings me to the subject of writer's block.
3. Resting Yourself
A lot of people don't know it, but the cause for writer's block can sometimes be over exerting yourself when writing. You feel the pressure to finish the chapter or go onto the next, but by doing this, your brain is overworked and there is no room for creativity to flow. So set some time apart from your writing and lay down and let your mind wonder. This is how so many wonderful ideas, and even inventions have been made.
4. If at First You Don't Succeed, Outline!
This one is short and simple. If you're worried about coming across writer's block, then outline where you want the story to go. Eliminate any chance of frustration by putting each event in place and giving yourself direction.
5. Already Taken?!
So you've gotten quite a ways in your book, you're proud of it and wouldn't change a thing. But one of two things MAY happen that you should know of. One: You'll be reading a book and suddenly you'll come across a character, a detail (major or minor), or a part of the plot that seems highly familiar... It sounds like yours. Two: Your friend reads your story then says, "Oh my gosh! This is just like this one book you've never heard of!" After hearing or seeing this, your heart has sunk, so what are you going to do? You're going to realize it doesn't matter. So many famous authors get fingers pointed at them for copying classics and even movies, but that doesn't change the opinion of any of their loyal readers. Suzanne Collins (author of "The Hunger Games") was accused of copying a film called "Battle Royale" and Christopher Paolini (author of "Eragon") was accused of copying elements of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, yet their fan base hasn't wavered.
So many stories have been written and thought of that it's near impossible to not be "copying" someone.
6. Inspiration Gives Motivation
Sometimes it can be hard to keep yourself going on a story you've been working on. The magic seems to have been lost and it's easy to get distracted with fresh new stories or different tasks. If you can't find that person that pushes you to finish it, then finding a writer that gives you inspiration can help immensely. Find an author that writes in your genre, or someone that's written some of your favorites.
Just as an artist pulls inspiration and new ideas from another's art, so can a writer from another novelist.
At times you will run into certain expectations. Some people will expect you to have more of your book done, or even add something, which in their opinion would, "make the book much better." This is frustrating, but in the end, only you can "Ignore this person." When it comes to writing your book, it's about pacing, not racing. There's not need to rush to get a book done; your imagination will only get stymied. And there's no need to add something that you don't think would add value to your story. You are the creator of your own fantastic worlds or a character's life.
In closing, writing a book is a daunting task, but if you have good company and a story line that keeps your love and attention, than it can be a worth while achievement. Many people will give you advice on how to be a writer, but not many will tell you what to expect. Help along the way can give us the encouragement we need to finish our stories. Now stop reading and start writing.