1. Right and Left brain writing:
Every story starts with a thought. Write it down and, keep writing. I use the right and left technique when I write anything.
The right side of the brain is like seeing the big picture. When writing in the right mode, don’t edit, just write and find your flow. Highlight in a different color, the links to add, facts to check and further research. It’s your first draft and it will look messy. That’s okay. No one is going to see this story yet; it’s you and your creative talent dancing on the page.
Take a break.
Go back to your story and start editing. The left side of our brain helps with the details of the story. Edit and read the story aloud. My friend Hayley Solich introduced me to the Grammarly and Hemingway editors. I paid for Hemingway and use Grammarly for now, free. Both are great starting places for editing your first draft or blog.
2. If you are serious about writing, hire help…the right help
Learning to write is a skill and it takes time and money. Finding the right people to develop your skill needs a place in your story budget. I emailed a few editors before I found my first editor. She was brilliant but it was a brief partnership and I moved on. My second encounter was also brief but rewarding.
Finally, I found my current editor on a writing forum. In her edited stories, there was plenty of questions and suggestions. She also encouraged me to ‘have a go’ with different voice styles. Her challenges helped me to develop my writing skill and find my voice. She was the right one. Spend time researching and asking questionings in finding the right people.
During my journey, I also hired a copywriter, formatter, book designer, proofreader, and marketer. This was my team. If you chose the self=publising path, you will need a team. Look at the work they have accomplished, does it suit your style? Do they work with your genre? Does their cost fit into your budget? And there is always pure gut instinct.
Know when to move on when the partnerships are not working out. And keep looking; they are waiting for you too.
3. Stick to your budget
Writing your story is like running the first leg of a marathon. Pace yourself. My marathon stretched over 3 years because I didn’t have the directions. My next book won’t take as long. I now have an understanding of how the industry works and the many options available.
The other legs of the race are the different aspects of getting publishing. If you are going to self-publish or co-publish you will need money. There are differences in pricing when hiring professionals or co-publishing with a publishing business. Always stick to your budget.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Start your story…
Here is mine: Starfish Singers