20 Jul

I'm a youngster. It's crazy to think that I wrote and self-published a book before I obtained my driver's license and graduated! Better yet, I'm 22 chapters into my first novel and am still only 16 years old.

But how do I do it?

It seems pretty difficult . . . right?

What I'm about to tell you is 110% true. Anyone can write a book.

The key word here is that anyone can't write a good book. Fewer people can write a great book. Furthermore, a masterpiece is a rarity birthed from only the greatest, most skilled writers with the patience of Job. So how does this apply to you? 

Simply put, you can write a book; but depending on how knowledgeable, patient, and talented you are will determine whether that book is terrible, bad, good, great, or excellent. If you dream of selling thousands, hundreds of thousands, perhaps, even millions of copies of that bestselling novel (which you daydream about writing) the first step is to acknowledge the fact that you can do it. You have the ability to write a book.

So, here's tip #1

Tip 1#: Tell yourself that you can do it!

Confidence breeds success and happiness. If you doubt your ability to write a book, then you won't take your book project seriously. Even worse, you might fail before you start and decide not to write your book or, maybe, give up on it somewhere along the way. If you aren't confident in your ability to write a book, then you'll be discouraged. If you're discouraged, then writing won't be fun for you. If your writing isn't fun, you won't love it. If you don't love your project, it'll be half-hearted work. WRITING A BOOK IS HARD. WRITING A BOOK ISN'T EASY. What makes each book difficult to write from cover to cover is the fact that it's a process. It takes time.

Tip #2: Tell yourself that you will do it.

Resilience. It's every writer's engine. Resilience is what keeps you going, writing from cover to cover and finishing your book. If you believe that you can finish a book, then the next step is to go ahead and do it! I repeat: WRITING A BOOK IS HARD. But that's not to discourage you. I say that to give you a realistic perspective on writing books. When I sit down at my desk, type Chapter 1, hit the drop cap button, and then ponder my first word, I tell myself that I'll stick with my project. I understand and acknowledge, straight away, that I'm starting a journey. I don't expect to finish my novel or novelette in one sitting. I realize that it will take weeks or, in most cases, months. I prepare myself for the journey and keep a steady pace. Eventually, I finish the race.

That leads me to . . .

Tip #3: Writing is 50% skill and 50% patience.

When you grow impatient, your work will suffer. The dire side-effects of impatience include sloppy writing, lack of refining, glossing over errors, lack of elaboration in the story, or failure to include parts in your story. Heck. If you grow impatient enough, you'll stop writing. You won't desire to put in anymore hard work. Remember this: It requires skill to write good stories, but patience to marinate them, to soak your storyline in juicy words, vivid imagery, and fascinating dialogue. Good writing can turn into a good book, if the writer is willing to persist and take his/her time. Their willingness and resilience is crucial to their success.

Tip #4: Don't write a book. Give a firsthand account.

By now, you believe that you can write a book, you've decided that you're going to write one, and you're willing to hang in for the long ride. So, at this point, you're probably thinking something along the lines of: "What the freaking heck, man? You've given me 3 tips about writing a book just to tell me not to write one?" 

Allow me to explain. When I sit down at the computer, I close my eyes to envision a fictitious world that is so fascinating that I simply couldn't refrain from writing about the darn place. Then, I share, with the reader, what I'm seeing, hearing, how I perceive the characters who inhabit this world, and how they face various situations. I watch this world's history unfold and report it, day by day, when I write my 1,000 words. Then, I turn my laptop off and reenter this world, the following day.

Worldbuilding is the key to developing good stories. If you have a fascinating world, then the storyline is not hard to fantasize. Furthermore, I'd like to redefine the term: worldbuilding. I'm calling it worlddiscovering. When I write new books, I plan, outline, and take weeks to uncover an "imaginary" world that has already been in existence. My job is to uncover it, like an ancient artifact, through careful rumination. Then, I enter this world that I didn't create, but rather discovered (because it has always existed), and give detailed accounts of what takes place in this environment.

And finally . . . 

Tip #5: DO YOU.

The primary reason that I write is because I'm Teddy Hitaffer. Sure. I want to achieve success. I desire to reach the NY Times Bestselling list and distribute millions of copies of my books to the world. Regardless, I don't strive to be Jerry Jenkins, Suzanne Collins, James Dashner, Orson Scotwell Card, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K Rowling, C.S. Lewis, or anyone else who has achieved greatness based off their work. I strive to be the best version of myself. Whether you're writing a book, typing words, or picking up a pen, place your mark on all of your undertakings, because if you succeed, that success will strictly be attributed to you. Write how you want to write. Write what you want to write. Let your writings be the incarnation of your imagination. The sky's not even the limit.

Good luck!

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