New Authors by Jan Sikes

So, you’ve awakened in the middle of the night with an inspiration for an incredible story. What do you do now?
The alarm goes off a few hours later and your feet hit the floor to start your daily routine and rush off to work. You’re sitting at your desk minding your own business, working away, when suddenly you remember the story inspiration that woke you during the night. Are you about to become a new author?

Does this sound familiar? How many potential new authors actually stop long enough to jot down a few notes about the story-line? Taking that first step is the most important one in the whole process. Once you make that first set of notes, then you’ll find yourself building off them and before long, you may have an entire outline laid out.
Note pad and pencil

What does it take to keep a new author inspired and creating? The answer to that is as varied as the number of people on the planet. Everyone is an individual and different things motivate different people.

As a publisher, I love to encourage new authors to go ahead and take the steps to create your story. I promise that getting started is the hard part. Once you get going, the story takes over and unfolds in your head as the words spill out onto the computer screen.

Here are a few tips that you may find helpful.
** Keep the story on your mind when you’re driving. Sometimes some great inspirations happen while stuck in traffic.
** Try to work on your story a little every day. Keeping up the momentum is ultra-important. If you go a few weeks without visiting the characters, you may find it hard to call them back.
** Write things that you know. If you’ve never visited a foreign country, you may find it difficult to write a story set in Rome, Italy.
** Don’t let anything crush your confidence. If you receive criticism about your work, look at it to see what you can learn. If there is nothing, then discount it as negativity.
** Join writing circles and groups. The feedback and general sharing of ideas and struggles is a great motivator.
** Take a writing class at a local community college.

But most of all, just write. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The first draft is NEVER perfect. But, if you go forward, one chapter at a time, before long, you’ll have an entire novel written. Then, you can start working on cleaning it up, re-arranging sentences and correcting punctuation and grammar.

So, if you have a story idea, don’t procrastinate. Make some notes! Write the first chapter. Think about it and work on it every day.

And, when you’ve finished and you are ready to have your amazing manuscript edited and published, give RiJan Publishing the opportunity to make that aspect easy and affordable for you.

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