You’ve decided you want to be an author. You’ve decided self-publishing is the way you want to release your masterpiece to the world.
What’s your first step?
I’ve been asked this a lot.
And my answer is this: Start planning your story.
Now I’m going to immediately contradict myself by saying this: I hate planning. Anything. Plans, ugggh.
I prefer to just start writing once I have an idea in mind and see where it takes me. From there, my planning mostly involves lying awake at night while running through various plot devices and character backstory in my mind.
The time I should be spending sleeping has manifested some of my greatest story developments. No, these dark circles under my eyes don’t just happen, folks.
I make sure to text these ideas to myself before eventually falling asleep. Most of the time. At times though, I’ve woken up in the morning with the knowledge that I’d come up with a brilliant idea (obviously) the night before but with absolutely no recollection of what that idea was because I didn’t text it to myself. Frustrating.
(I’ve also woken up to completely nonsensical text messages from myself. I have no clue what I was trying to relay to myself with these, but I’m positive the ideas were brilliant.)
Is this the most time-effective strategy? Absolutely not. But it works for me. If I had to force myself to sit down and create an outline before I started writing, I’d never get past the outline. Ever.
So, start planning your story, but do it in whatever way works best for you. If you’re a person who enjoys outlining, start outlining. If you prefer a more Helter-Skelter approach to planning, like me, join me on the under eye dark side and start non-planning through insomnia.
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