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Fine-tune Yourself to Becoming an Author & Trick Yourself To Writing a Book

Change your track from being an angsty writer to a confident one

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The most common new year resolution is to become a healthier version of oneself.

The next one is to write a book.

And every writer wants that tag — Author.

A published author gives a still better ring to it. But we all know the path to that terminus is anything but easy.

In fact, there are so many things that run in the head that deter a writer to metamorphose into an author. Having said that, one can always achieve it.

The ingredients to that recipe include a dash of good mindset, a pinch of trickery, and loads of persistence!

But before you don the author’s hat, there are slight readjustments that need to be done — sort of fine-tuning, you may call it.

Step 1: Repeat after me: I AM A WRITER!

Say it out loud. Shout it out at the top of your voice from your balcony, if you need to feel it.

You are a writer if you want to write. You are a writer if you are just starting to write. You are a writer if you are learning to write. You are a writer if you have written just one piece.

Yes, I could have framed the above paragraph in a single sentence, but I had to reiterate the point; hence, the repetition. That’s because it is the essence of every author.

Make a badge — writer, and wear it with pride.

Caution: Do not proceed to Step 2 until you have soaked, imbibed, and are dripping wet with Step 1.

Step 2: Grab a stethoscope. Listen to your heart.

No, that’s a metaphor. You do not need a stethoscope. But you do need to listen to your heart.

You need to choose a topic/genre that you feel comfortable with. And how do you know that?

  • You talk about it with confidence.
  • You can talk for hours about it.
  • People admire that particular skill of yours.
  • It is sometimes the unspoken, unexplored alternate career you wished you had chosen.

Have listed a few pointers. You need to zero down on yours. So, start with a list and arrive at THE ONE. Use any method you like- giving points to each topic, method of elimination, whatever.

And once you have your answer, hold it tight.

Step 3: Small bites, until you finish the plate.

My daughter was a hyperactive girl and did not have the patience to sit through her meal. I had a hard time running after her. When my mother visited, she played a game with her. She would divide the food into small bites all around the plate and tell my daughter that each bite has a name. That would get her interested. She would then point a bite and ask- what’s this one’s name, I will eat him. And in some time, the plate is empty.

For writers, we need the plate full, right? So, what do you do? You put a bite on the plate.

  • Separate the book into small segments- preface, introduction, chapter 1 topic 1, chapter 1 topic 2….again-bite by bite.
  • Take each segment and just focus on that.
  • You may also limit your daily word count to as low as 250 words, roughly a page. Something like Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird.
  • And do not bother how trashy your draft may look. Remember- it’s the dumping phase. If drafts decided the fate of a story, I bet 99.9% of stories would have ended up in trash cans!
  • DO NOT stretch yourself. Be happy with small bites.

Step 4: Each day is a step closer.

Writing is a slow-pot recipe. Let it simmer to bring out all the flavors to their heightened best.

Each day you dedicate to your skill, you are a better writer than you were yesterday.

The problem arises when you measure others’ success. Each learning curve will be unique. But I can guarantee you that whenever efforts are made, the curve NEVER dips. It always rises.

Somewhere down the line, the coveted prize awaits. It is just the matter of seeing through — a day at a time.

It is a skill that needs (and demands) patience and perseverance. So, give in. Do not resist, and see the results.

All these steps above will ensure you have that crude uncut diamond in your hands. There will be many more steps before you have the finished product. But many writers have faltered at this very stage.

You do not want to be one among the many am-still-writing, should-write, want-to-write sort of writers/ aspiring authors. And want to spend months, sometimes years, thinking about authoring a book, only to find that years

If you can finish the draft for your book, you have crossed the most challenging part of the book-writing process, the toughest hurdle.

So, like the Red Queen says- off with your whining.

Get set for a might-be-grueling, but a most-certainly-rewarding journey to becoming an AUTHOR.

Happy writing, or rather, authoring, my friends!

P.S: I have recently finished the draft for my book and am in the post-draft phase. More about that later.

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