Didn't we learn as kids that "slow and steady wins the race?" Okay, so this isn't always true but in the case of writing, it's a weakness to both write too fast and to also write too slow.
In your case, you just want to write and spit out a book ASAP so you can be a self-published author and bring in some more money. The issue here is that you won't take the time necessary to do it RIGHT and therefore, it won't sell.
- You can write quickly- You have an end goal in sight- You're willing to work for that end goal
- You write too fast, causing errors- Your passion to tell a story is lacking- You're not sure of the "in-between" steps necessary for successful self-publishing
That's right! Even good old Ernie's writing was once full of fault and a few books of his even flopped. He even wrote a book that his wife despised, though she refused to say anything. The great thing about Ernest Hemingway is that he figured it out and went on to become one of the best writers out there - and you can too!
In your case, you don't really need the drive to sit down and actually write. Instead, what you need is a step-by-step system that will make sure you hit every mark so when you do self-publish, you'll be successful.
We've all been this kind of writer before. When you're just starting out, it's easy to think that the only time you should write is when inspiration is burning strong. However, you can't control inspiration and therefore, it will take you a long time to finish a book.
- You have a strong desire to write
- You have the skills to write
- Your imagination is fierce
- You don't write if you're not "inspired"
- You may lack confidence in your writing abilities
- You don't make writing a priority
You may know her now as the wildly famous author behind the hit TV show Handmaid's Tale but before her story made it to your living room screen, Margaret was an author who wrote with inspiration. She even attended a writing retreat with the hope it would inspire an amazing novel. However, it only produced a story she later discarded. Thank goodness she was able to learn how to write no matter what so we can now enjoy our weekends binging her amazing story!
Writing when inspired is fantastic and can yield outstanding results. But sometimes you need to just sit down and write anyway. That is, if you really want to see your vision of self-publishing a book come to life.
What you really need is a system that will make you do the work and will test your strengths. With a step-by-step program, you will find inspiration within yourself to accomplish this goal.
You're the type to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. And while this may not seem like a bad thing, it can actually be a disadvantage if you want to write and self-publish a book.
Writing is not the type of skill where you can achieve it right away. Since it takes time and a few drafts to go from blank page to published author, you might get a bit frustrated.
- Willingness to do anything to achieve your goals- Resources to complete a book- Work ethic necessary to self-publish a book
- Available time- Getting side-tracked with other goals- The technical side of self-publishing
You most definitely know who this author is and it's because of her overachieving nature that you do. Even though Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before a publisher saw its worth, her stories and characters are now a phenomenon all over the world.
When it comes to writing, having a complete checklist of exactly what you can do daily will do worlds for helping you stay on track while still feeling as though you're achieving everything you set out for.
So maybe you're not technically a writer. You speak your truth instead. And while this might seem like a disadvantage when it comes to self-publishing, it can actually be a strength!
Your writing process will just be different. Instead of sitting down to write, you'll stand up and speak, recording everything you're saying.
- Coming up with ideas- A strong passion to tell a story- A natural "voice"
- Writing "rules"- The process of organizing thoughts into a cohesive structure- Self-publishing through Amazon or other services
When it comes to speakers-turned-authors, nobody takes the cake like Gary V. He's even admitted several times in interviews that he's not the best writer. In fact, he's better at and would much rather speak! So instead of just writing his book, he used speaking methods to get it right and to get his voice across.
Speaking a whole book can be a lot though, we get it. That's why you'll need a proven system that shows you just what to talk about next and how to turn a recording into captivating writing.
Telling stories is just in your blood. Even when you were little, you were making up stories for others and even just to entertain yourself.
Coming up with ideas will never be a problem for you. You may, however, find difficulty with staying on track to finish a story. With so many ideas bouncing around in your head, it's easy to get sidetracked with shiny new ideas.
- Too many ideas to count- Strong desire to see a completed book- A passion for your stories
- Finishing a story before starting a new one- Marketing your books- Going from finished manuscript to self-published book
Known for some of the oddest, creepiest, and best stories out there, Stephan King is the most natural storyteller there is. He doesn't even use an outline to compose his works; he writes entirely from what's floating around his head - just like you!
Shiny New Idea Syndrome won't prevent you from self-publishing. With a proven system to take you through each step and a massive community full of others to keep you accountable, you'll not only be able to finish writing your ideas, but because you'll get through them faster, you can publish even more of the many great ideas floating around that imaginative head of yours.