The Writing Process: Part 1 of Self-publishing

Don’t kill me, I know I said Thursday or Friday and ummmmmm. . . well today is Sunday but I was busy and upset because my Amazon order arrived during the week and the items I ordered for my book packaging had me frustrated! One of the items were perfectly fine while the other one couldn’t hold the book despite the book being the size of a A5 paper and the item sizing being 6″ x 9″ but I’m not going to complain, I’ll just figure it out. Anyways let’s talk about the first part of self-publishing and my favouriteeeeee; WRITING!

Initially, I didn’t set out to write a book, last year May I bought a journal and just decided I would write poems and mood notes, my intention at the time was to pass these journals unto my first born child whenever/if I ever had one. A lot happened last year so I would document everything in my little journal and it was really my place of expression, on the first Friday in January 2021, my mind said to me compile all those sad and love poems into a book then self-publish it and I just listened to my mind! Truthfully, I think God spoke to me because I was on my computer about to write a blog post and a book was the furthest thing from my mind so thank you God for that.

If you are like me and already had the writing material and just needed to compile, plan and organized then the writing process would have been a lot easier for us than for someone who intentionally wants to write a book and as to start from scratch. I’m going to give you 3 tips for those persons who want to write a book and have to start from scratch and 3 tips for those persons who already have the writing material.

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I’m currently working on my second book and this was an intentional action so here are three tips for those persons starting from scratch:

  1. Figure out what type of book you are intending to write, is it going to be non-fiction (autobiography, memoirs, DIY, manuals & guides etc) or fiction (romance, young adult, fantasy, suspense/thriller) or a collection of poetry?
  2. After you figure that part out, I suggest you start planning the layout of your book: title, table of content, chapter ideas, plot and anything that will create a clear writing path for you.
  3. When the skeleton of the book is completed, you can focus on the fun part; WRITINGGGGGG! I recommend having a writing schedule and muse (it doesn’t have to be a person, it can be a place, item or food that helps your creative juices to flow). Also try to stick to your writing schedule, consistency is key!

My first book is out of its development stages so here are three tips for those persons who already have their writing material unintentionally:

  1. Continue to flex your creative muscles, your material can always be improved until you’ve concluded it’s your final draft so keep imagining and adding/changing parts you think need more razzle dazzle.
  2. Print your writing material (not through any publishing/self-publishing company just on regular A4 copy paper), I say this because looking at your work on paper is easier to analyze than staring at it through a computer screen. I printed my book at work just so I can have it to look at, read and add notes.
  3. Do not let anyone read your writing material until you’ve done a few edits and your material is in its final draft form so if you have to make any edits based off their critiques it will be much easier and it won’t disrupt your creative thinking.

That’s all folks, if you have any questions you can leave it in the comment section below or send me a message through my contact form. Have a wonderful week and stay safe everyone!

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