Doctors, lawyers and some other professionals go to school for a very long time, getting degrees and diplomas, etc. before they can actually call themselves professional. So why do some people think that they can just spit out a book in a couple of weeks or a month and call themselves an author?
I didn’t take any formal writing classes, but I did read a few “how-to” kind of books when I first decided to start writing. Some were helpful, while others were just downright confusing. One book would say that you should start every chapter with some dialogue, to suck the reader right in, while another one might say that you should get all descriptive about the characters and the setting at the very beginning. Finally when I started writing, I just had to go with what sounded good to me.
When I wrote my first book, “Remember The Eyes”, it wasn’t called that. It was originally called, ‘Found Love’, and it was strictly in my main female’s voice. But, then I wrote the second novel, “Nothing Without You” and needed to have my main male character’s voice in there, too. That’s when I changed the title and added his voice into the first book. I think, compared to the original version, this one works much better.
Just like anything that you begin, you truly believe that it’s your best work and that it’s the best it’s ever going to be. That there is no room for improvement. Some people do little in the way of editing, believing that it’s some sort of race to get their book out as quickly as possible. Get rich quick scheme? Yeah, I don’t think so.
So, just because you have good writing skills and know how to type, does this make you a great fiction writer? Um, no, not necessarily. Unless you are one of those rare people who can write well and about anything, it is a difficult job to do. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. If you have a slight bit of talent, you can learn how to do it. But, it may take you years; not a couple of weeks.
As you write, it may take many years, and many manuscripts before you learn all the techniques for handling viewpoint, developed scenes and characters and an interesting storyline. If you don’t have well developed characters, or at least show some growth during the book, then your manuscript will fail.
But, as you continue and learn the craft of writing fiction, over time you will become happier with your results, seeing the beauty pop off the page into your reader’s mind.
Expect no miracles overnight. But have faith. If you keep at it, you can achieve some success. Of course, if you expect overnight success, be prepared for failure.
And, I didn’t even get this from a how-to book.