My Success Story

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I do not really consider myself as a successful writer because I believe that there are still a lot of room for improvement. I guess, having published my first book means I am already getting there. It was not a walk in the park, believe me. But for those aspiring writers out there, I can say, it is also not that difficult to make it as a published writer. I will share with you my experiences, struggles, and how I managed to get published.

Writing is my first love. It is my passion. I write every single day. I started writing poems at a young age. I guess my play with words and the ability to string coherent sentences together paid off when my classmates noticed my talent in writing.

That honed my writing skills even further. Next thing I know, I was writing short stories. When the time for college application came, I already know I want to pursue a career as a professional writer. It was an easy decision. The hardest part was choosing the right university or college that can help me reach my full potential. Eventually, I chose to take up creative writing at the New York University. I learned a whole lot in terms of writing style, technical skills, and creative writing.

However, I learned a lot more when I stepped out into the real world. I thought of getting a side gig where I can use everything that I have learned, and the perfect sideline would be an online writing job such as writing blogs, writing guest posts for other blogs, news and entertainment articles, and the likes. I realized, in this modern internet age, having the skills in writing can do wonders.

It involved a lot of research especially for topics that I do not consider as my niche. I learned a lot and I was able to share what I learned to a particular audience. I was also hot by criticisms. I was supposed to be used to it in school, but it hurt more when it comes to strangers who had different views and opinions, and probably those who know better than me.

It was tough, but it helped me grow as a writer. I was able to embrace criticisms, learned and understand my readers, paid attention to my choice of words and the tone of my writing, refined my writing style, broke some writing rules that were imposed on me in school, and practiced writing every single day and in every possible way. That is when I decided it was time to start working on another dream – to get published.

I wrote my first book in bits and pieces. I started with some ideas, wrote them in chapters, set a daily goal and a deadline for my work, have a trusted critic who is willing to read my work and give me early feedback. There were times that I was about to give up, but I kept going.

However, I prepared myself for failure. Even after finishing my work, I know not all people would like it, and that is okay. I am aware that successful writers are humiliated by their first book, no matter how perfect it seemed at the time. I understand that without the first try, I will never learn. It made me even more determined to keep writing until I get better.

I am deeply grateful to those who appreciated and liked my first work, and I promise the next ones will be better. The feeling of achieving something I never thought possible when I was young can be considered as a success. If you were once like me, learn from my experience and you will also get where you want to be.

10 Secrets of Writing a Successful Book

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Every aspiring professional writer’s dream is to be able to finish a masterpiece and get it published. To tell you the truth, it is easy. The hardest part is the actual writing of the book you want published. You have to invest time, creativity, effort, energy, and creativity to be able to finish an essential piece of work that could potentially change your life.

What does it take to be an author? Writing is a process. Your ideas may come and go, and putting everything together happens in bits and pieces. To help you get started, here are 10 fundamental secrets you need to know to be able to successfully finish a book and get it published.

Get started by deciding what the book is about

Knowing what your book is going to be about is the first step. Think about writing your book in three parts – the beginning, the middle, and the end. After that, try to write a table of contents to make it easier for you to divide your ideas into chapters or interesting parts of your book.

Set a daily goal

Setting a daily goal is a good practice for consistency.  It will make it easier for you to finish your book when you set a daily deadline for your work. Of course, this is not to say that you do not need a day off. Set a day when you can rest and not work on your book, but make sure you schedule that free day ahead of time.

Dedicate a time to work on your book every day

Dedicate a time to work on your book every day. Some artistically inclined and creative people have a unique time when they feel they’re most creative and inspired. Take advantage of this and write as much as you can until you reach your daily goal.

Have a specific place where you can write every day

It doesn’t matter if it is on your kitchen table, your study area, or your bedroom. Choose one comfortable place for you to write that will remind you of your commitment to finish your masterpiece.

Have an end goal in mind

You must begin with an end goal in mind. After knowing what to write about and setting your daily word count goal, you must also set a total word count of your book. Depending on the kind of book you are writing, it is better to set the total word count in 10 thousand words work increment.  Break them down into equal word count per chapter.

Set a deadline for yourself

Celebrate each small victory like being able to finish your daily goal and your chapters. Setting a deadline makes it easier for you to assess how much work is needed to be done and how long it will take for you to finish them.

Ask for early feedback

Rewriting or editing a book takes time. It is better than you ask for early feedback for every chapter of your book to save time and if there are things that need to be revised. Choose objective advisers that can give you honest critics about your work to make sure your work is headed in the right direction.

Commit to finishing your book

Commit to finishing your book no matter what. It is easy to give up when you think your work is not good enough or your ideas are running out. But in order to get your work published, it must be finished.

Prepare yourself for failure

If this is your first time to finish a book and have it published for the world to read, you must embrace failure. Accept that you cannot please everybody and as a novice writer, you will mess up some things along the way. Give yourself grace and be okay with failing. This will make you even more determined to do better next time.

Keep on writing even after you finish your book

Every successful writer in the world will tell you that they are embarrassed by their first book, but without that first attempt, you will never learn. So do not be afraid to finish your book and put it out there, be okay with failing and try again. This means that you have to keep writing until you become better.

You have to start somewhere to be successful like those published authors you know. Make these tips as your guide as you begin to write your book and to remind you that you can make it, too.

How to Diversify your Writing to Not to Become a Boring Author

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In the age of the internet, high turnover of content is how you measure the engagement of your readers. In order to achieve that goal, readers should find your content engaging and electrifying enough to make them a regular visitor to your site. This also translates to book writing. If your first book was a success, it is guaranteed that your readers will look forward to purchasing your next work. Here are some tips on how you can write in a more engaging manner and avoid becoming a boring author.

Understand your readers

One of the many qualities of today’s readers, especially the younger generation is their short attention span. Sometimes, regardless of the quality or how well-written your content is, the way you present or write your content is equally important.

If you have a particular niche, stick to it and create an engaging content with a catchy title that can easily grab attention. If you are writing for the Internet, do not write a wall of text. Split your paragraphs and insert media, if necessary. Most readers stop reading after the first paragraph because they get bored easily.

Control the pace of your writing and write short sentences

As mentioned, readers on the internet suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder due to the influx of content and information available to them. Internet savvy readers know they have options. If you are observant enough, you’ll somehow notice that more often than not, websites write about the same content, same subject, and same event. But who gets the most traffic? The winner is always the one with a more engaging way of delivering content with additional media to keep readers on their page.

To them, slow is boring. If you keep beating around the bush and have the penchant for using flowery words in writing your content, readers will get bored. Faster is better. Control your pace by writing short and simple sentences and frequent paragraphs.

Of course, writing a book, a newspaper, and a magazine is a different story. The more vivid your characterization and descriptions are, the better. It will give your readers a clear picture of what you are trying to depict or the emotion you are trying to evoke. However, do not commit a mistake of overdoing it. Overstating a character’s emotions or the setting of the story in order to appear more dramatic is a big no-no. Not all details are necessary or essential to the story you are writing.

Also, use active voice and avoid passive voice. Avoid redundant words to add emphasis to your subject. If you can describe the character and the scene, as well as move the plot of your story forward is better.

Do not be too self-indulgent

Writers must love whatever they are writing to give life to the story and its characters and to connect to the readers. However, some writers commit the mistake of focusing on the characters or the relationship between the characters that the story becomes soppy instead of romantic. This confuses your readers, ruin the story, and make your work boring.

Create realistic dialogues especially of your content or story’s setting is intended for the modern internet age. Show and don’t tell. This means that your work must appeal to your readers’ senses for them to not get bored and put down your book or exit your webpage.

No author wants their readers to think that their work is boring, but sometimes it is. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid this. Remember these tips to avoid falling into the same trap as other boring authors.