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It is easy to write a book: I been told

I have heard over the years how easy it is to write. It is not that simple or easy. That would be great if it so. So I pulled up some notes on things that authors need to remember and include from a character development class I took.

Do you have your setting correct? It tells you where and when a storyline is occurring. It has to be believable, for it allows you to deliver a backdrop for your book. For example, if you are in the tundra or jungle, odds are the book is an adventure. If the dust bowl in the Midwest is the location, the character might experience tough times in the storyline.

One can’t forget that the mood and setting can change throughout the book. Location and weather also hint at where the reader will find themselves. One’s settings give us physical boundaries and develop the plot and characters. If we can’t wrap our minds around this, we will lose the readers.

You can’t forget the good guy. They are the central figure that readers can identify with. But, they must go through changes throughout the book, or they will fall flat and be one dimension. You want your characters to be well-rounded. They should have positive features and still be flawed. It makes them dynamic as they change with the experiences they encounter. We develop characters directly or indirectly. We state what the character looks like, what they say, do, or feel. Indirectly we let the readers conclude by the words written.

But let’s not forget about the plot, which is an arrangement of the consequence of the story, including conflict and obstacles. And even then, there is still more to think about and perfect.

If you have conflict in your book, you include the resolution regardless if your readers like it.

And still, that is not the end.

There is so much more that goes on in writing a book and making it published ready. To tell someone writing is easy has never picked up a pen and tried.

I will wait.

Do you have an acknowledgement page in your book? : Wait, did you do it all on your own?

Who do you recognize in your dedication and or acknowledgments in your book? I include my editor, Nancy, who is worth her weight in gold many times over. I make sure to add my family and anyone else along the way. Sometimes it runs long to medium.

I have seen people include in their acknowledgments a variety of people and pets. I have done that with my parrot, Jasper. Without him, there is no series.

But I have noticed, in some books, the acknowledgments are scant to none.

Now, it is not required to include this in your books. But it makes me wonder. Are you not including it because it is not something high on your list? Do you feel you have done it all on your own?

Writing a book takes so much time, from beginning to end to publication. Along the way, many people have helped you. It could be from your editor, writing group, graphic designer, and many more.

Being a writer is a journey from the minute you write the first word of your first manuscript to social media and marketing. I have thanked people on social media who have helped me. One was well-established, and she noticed I had a question about query letters. She sent me a quick note. She wanted me to send her what I had written so far. She was essential in getting my letters presented before submitting editors. She was added to the list.

You are not doing it alone. If this is not high on your list, maybe it should be. And if you think you did it all on your own, think again.

Thanking the people who helped us along the way is a good reminder that we didn’t do it alone by a long shot.

Do You have a writing routine?

Do you stick to a routine in your writing? Do you write every day? Do you have in your mind how much you want to write each time?

I use to have a routine where I wrote daily. Regardless of what was going on in my life, I stuck to it. That mentality worked for me for quite a while. It worked for such a long time.

Then life did what it always does. It got crazy to where I either had to get up early or stay up late to stick to my routine. Plus, what I wrote during this time frame was not always gold. Heck, it was not even silver.

I had to reevaluate what use to work for me to if it was feasible to still work for me. I had to wind my mind around a different path or else drive myself already batty.

While it took a few years, I have calmed down and celebrate the aspects of writing. If I do any writing, I will now include that for the win. It can include revising, editing, marketing, and more.

Floating in my writings group was a constant buzz. So long as you write, regardless of how much, consider it a win.

Now, I do. I have drunk the cool-aid. It does not matter if it is a paragraph. I no longer say, ” I wrote just a paragraph.” I now say, “Wow, I wrote a paragraph.”

If it brings you one step closer to completion, that’s what matters? To me, now it does.