Are you one of the 2%? Do you want to be? Are you on to a winner?
Becoming an author, I have been told, is one of the most wonderful professional and personal accomplishments of a lifetime. But did you know that only about 2% of people ever become authors, but those 2% can produce about a million books each year.
When you write, do the words come flying out of your head tumbling on to the paper before you or do you conjure up the story in your head and then get it down on paper when perfected in your mind?
How do you write? Are you a tactile writer in that you prefer to pen your work directly onto paper, the feeling of the ebb and flow of your work giving you real satisfaction, or do you simply like to dictate your work into a digital device, or even, yes in this day and age, to a secretary taking shorthand? It is very interesting to realise that some writers still do prefer these processes.
I have a high-end legal client who writes all his work out in longhand, he goes round and round the page and uses up all the space before he turns over and carries on. Then, when his submissions are typed up he keeps on editing until it is perfect. We can do anything between 8 to 10 edits per piece. Are you this kind of writer?
I heard Faye Weldon give a talk on creative writing and she claims that the computer can spoil the essential pausing for deep consideration of sentence structure. A word processor gives you so many choices with the ease of change that you can lose your own “voice” in the synonym prompt, the grammar checker and yes, even the spell checker.
What audience you write for will determine the subject you write about and what style of writing you will use. Do you want to write for Newspapers or Magazines in the popular press or on-line or do you see yourself as one of the greatest fiction writers of all time. Whatever your goal, building the discipline of constantly attacking the page will reap rewards.
There are four types or styles of writing that are used generally. It is important that these four types are known for any writer. These four types of writing are:
1. Expository Writing – where the primary focus is to inform you of a given topic or subject which leaves out personal opinion.
2. Descriptive writing – where the writing focuses on describing characters, events or places in details. The writer will take a simple sentence and give it more detail.
3. Persuasive Writing – this style of writing would contain justifications and reasons to make someone believe what the writer is talking about. It persuades and convinces.
4. And the final type is Narrative writing – which is when the author places himself as the character thereby narrating the story or event to you.
When you realise as a writer your style is a reflection of your personality, it becomes your voice and tone and your approach to your audience and readers. Writing is such a personal thing, revealing yourself to your public can feel very risky in the process and the wish to perfect the text can be debilitating to the completion of the project. Best to leave that to the proofreaders and copyeditors of this world.
Questions you need to ask yourself
1. What particular style of writing do I want to do?
2. Do I want to write it down myself or do I need assistance?
3. Who do I want my audience to be? This will depend on whether you are writing a book, a magazine article, a newspaper column etc.
The answer to these questions will help you to be more focused on the outcome of your writing.
As an Author’s Assistant I see many types of different writing, all as equally important as each other. I can help you keep your book project coordinated, on time and on budget. If you require any assistance please connect with me.