Every aspiring writer has a vision of their life post-publication. For most people, this dream is full of images of success. Let’s face it, no one dreams of publishing their first book and hearing crickets. But, this is the post-publication reality for most first-time authors. This is what has prompted me to write this blog post, to share with you the truth about your first book and what to expect. Knowing what to expect is so important, because if you can pre-empt moments of failure and success, then you also have the power to change your experience.
Is fear holding you back, from writing and publishing your book? Fear of failure, fear of judgement, and fear of success hold many aspiring authors from writing their first book. One of the biggest fears among writers and first-time authors is fear of judgement. You can often feel like a fraud and, as a result, end up consumed by fear, a fear that someone is going to call you out for not being an expert, but a fraud. Writing is one of those amazing things that can force you to face these fears. What do you do when you’re so gripped with fear and can’t bear to finish your first draft or go on to the next phase of writing? How do you overcome the fear of judgement?
The blank page can often seem a difficult foe to overcome. This is because of a wonderful thing called resistance. It’s that feeling of tension between taking action and staying where you are. Everyone, no matter what goal they set will have to overcome resistance. The interesting thing about resistance is, the longer you put off taking action, the greater the resistance you will experience. Do you wonder how other authors manage to get words out of their head and onto the page? Do you want to know their secrets? This is exactly what I am going to share with you in this blog post, four ways to overcome writer’s block and banish it for good.
There’s more to writing a book than putting words on paper or to digital memory. Regardless of the genre of your book, you will need to go through a similar set of steps before you publish your book. To do this you will need a tool. When I first started writing, I started off using Word. Using a word processing programme was difficult. I had to format the document correctly from the first moment I typed my first word. This lead me to use Scrivener. It got a tonne of rave reviews from other well-respected authors, so I downloaded it to try. Fast forward 18 months, I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with scrivener. I would like to add my relationship is more love than hate. Here is my list of the pros and cons to using scrivener to write your first or next book.
One of the biggest challenges new or aspiring authors face is life balance. The act of balancing their personal life, a corporate job, as well as writing books. This balancing act can be overwhelming and can feel like you’re making no progress at all. This leads to many aspiring authors feeling like they don’t have enough time, and wanting to give up.