The ten fundamental facts each writer should know
Being a writer, there are a number of things that one has to do, which people would not expect of a writer. Most people are under the illusion that all a writer is required to do all day is to write one book after another.
For some writers, it is easy; they have an ocean of knowledge and ideas at their disposal and they use it however they may seem fit. But, for some, the road to finding something that easily clicks with their audience is not that easy to find or conceive.
Fact No. one: Being the natural writer
It does without saying that the writing part of a book is hard, so if you are not a natural writer and you do not think things beforehand, then you need to find the topic that engages you before you are able to engage your readers with. What writer needs is to write a book or a story that is not being safe or easy or even boring, because it is all about how the story engages with readers and vice versa it is about how readers engage with a story. In addition, it is often said, that a story should always introduce a new and interesting idea. Well, I would say, even if it happens and the book is not bringing a new idea to the table, then at least the story should be presented in such an enticing manner that simply reels the reader in - hook, line, and sinker.
Fact No. two: Strong feelings- Trust your gut
If a writer has strong feelings about a subject, a writer should not be shy to write about it. Now, writing a book as I mentioned in fact number one, isn’t easy. But you may never get around to writing one, even remotely close to something spectacular, if you never even try. Thus, letting the fear of writing something mediocre take your over is equally mediocre in itself. You should trust yourself and your ability to discern good material from bad. Never stop being yourself and believing in yourself, you never know what the future may hold for you. People might take from you everything but will not be able to take your words, this is your clarity, and these are what you will say to yourself and start writing.
Fact No. three: What to write about
When the following question is raised; what is the topic to be picked for your next book, then there are two possible situations; the first situation, you know the general niche that interests you, but you are still looking what should you write about specifically. The second situation; you do not know the general niche and obviously, you don’t know what to write about neither in general neither in specific.
The first case is less painful, and I will illustrate the solution in this article.
The second case needs a deeper look into it, and I will also bring it together below.
In both cases, you should not write about subjects that have been beaten to death.
For example; you will not compose another new dictionary and claim you are bringing something new. Everyone knows that there will not be new words added in your new dictionary, and everyone knows you did not invent the English language. So what to do? Simply, bring new fresh perspective on the topic, so if you still want to write about a topic that was discussed million and one times, you can, in one condition; you bring a totally new idea to it.
|When I wrote about zodiac signs, I did not follow the classic astrology and I wrote about each zodiac sign without generalization or stereotyping, but rather I applied my psychology studies and expertise to analyze the personality of each zodiac sign, plus from getting in touch with people. Same if we take the example of writing a new dictionary; maybe if someone decides to compose a new dictionary, then maybe it is good to write a book with sentences, phrases or with quotes that use each word of the English language. If you take something from your life and make it meaningful for your readers, it will have a better impact than all rough analyzes in the world.|
Fact No. four: One magic question
Ask people, get in touch with people and search on social media. Do analytics what people most likely at this time and age are looking for to read. For example, if you visit a few bookstores and chat with librarians, ask them this simple magic question; what kind of book they never wish to see again and again, what kind of book they feel irritated about, and also ask them; what kind of books people are buying the most. Believe me, you will get immediately a clear answer, that will be not only accurate but also beneficial. At the stage of searching for your next topic, do not think as a reader; you should listen to readers. Do not roughly analyze, just hear what people say.
But that does not mean you change your entire writing style just because someone told you to do so. Do not do that. For example; cognitive psychology, precisely motivation, and memory are the most topics that I am passionate and fascinated about, that is why I invest most of my energy in that area. I know that I will not give up this niche even if it happens it will not be popular (Luckily it is the opposite; this niche is extremely popular.).
|My book The elevator, your way to inner happiness was something that I felt strong to write about, but by a coincident, it also came as a suggestion from three librarians I asked for their opinion. They said; if I can write something new about the real deep happiness that comes from the inside each of us, so the result was real spiritual, practical and helpful book.|
Fact No. five: Learn, Learn. Learn...
No one knows everything, and as a writer, you need to pass a learning process before each book.
Yes, you do not need a university degree to be a writer. But, you should not write about a topic, you know deep inside your heart, you will not cover in the same way it was covered previously by other writers. To cover a topic in the same way it was covered in the past and to give a topic the justice it deserves, a writer should learn about the topic. You do not write about a subject that you are not willing to learn hard about it. You do not write about a subject, that you don’t want to invest time and energy in searching and educating yourself about it. This is a needed process, so you gain some expertise on the topic before you bring it to the public.
You should know; the critics will come, will come.
Take the positive critics to motivate you to write further.
Take the constructive critics to learn to be better.
Ignore the negative destructive critics.
The worse people, who will always destructively criticize others, are the ones who show all the time that they know everything, they know it better and they are clever and they need no education. If you will put these people at a test, they will not be able to compose one meaningful sentence. You do not want to be inspired by those people, because they criticize you to hide their own weaknesses.
Fact No. six: Serious not seriously
Your book is not your therapist. You want to be serious, but you do not want to take things seriously and these are totally two different things.
You want to be serious about what you are writing, as mentioned, you want to bring facts, study the topic, and be a master of the topic you are writing about. If you do all that, then you are and will be doing well.
The other part of not taking everything seriously refers to YOU.
Do not over-think things, do not get nervous of people critics, and do not put on your shoulders too many thoughts. You did your part; you studied well, and now you are writing your book, let your thoughts flow, liberate it. Do not think for one minute if people will like or not, this is not the time to think about that.
|People who claim they know about life already what they suppose to know by now and also claim that there is no need for further education; they will destroy all their brain functions, all their possibilities for improvement, and more than that; they will destroy all their senses, because our senses react reacts always on what we believe. You do not want to stop your senses from searching for new knowledge.|
Fact No. seven: Personal touch
I am quite sure that for you as a writer the most you want is to have your own readers, your own audience, and your own base. Yes, I know you are saying to yourself now, you also want to sell your books, but I believe that your long-term goal is to build your own name and have your base readers, eventually, this will let you sell your book and sell very well. It is also a fact that you need time to build your audience. For that to be possible to happen you need to be patient but consistent. However, the most you want to have is your own touch on everything you write. So people will distinguish you from others. If you decide to write about a topic and repeat exactly the same what others did, then you are off the track. If you bring a fresh idea, then you won. But is that enough? Yes, if you have your spirit and personal touch in whatever you write.
If you want to bring something new you in any topic, you need to notice the patterns of that topic.
Each book, each story, everyone who wrote about any topic had their own patterns. Crack these down, so you know what you do not want to repeat.
|I always wanted to write about a Scorpio sign. It took me 20 years until I was sure, one hundred percent, and I decided at the age of forty-six to write about the zodiac sign Scorpio, which is my own zodiac sign. I spent reading and searching for years. There were times I got frustrated form the amount of repeated material about the topic, which is not more than copy passed words in each book. From each sentence I read about the Scorpio sign, almost in each book I went through I discovered these were repeated and duplicated. I could feel that the writers had not the smallest clue what Scorpios are indeed like. The books were without spirit and were dead books with meaningless words. That was another reason why I decided to write Scorpio The Deepwater.|
Fact No. eight: Motivation and passion
I claim that you do not need to be totally passionate about the topic to write about it, but it is enough if you are very well motivated to write it. Having a passion for something is not necessarily the main thing. You need to take action, start writing about the topic.
On the other hand, you should not write about anything that is not close to your heart. One way or another you will not be motivated to complete it. In some way or another you will be continuous, most probably your book will lack sit own spirit. In some way or another you will be continuous, most probably your book will lack sit own spirit.
For example; anxiety is a serious issue that faces each generation and is increasing rapidly. There will be more and more people suffering from anxiety, more than ever in the future. If you have no clue about the topic, if it is not close to your heart, if you do not think about it day and night while writing, if you do not have appreciation to this issue, if you do not have a family member who suffers from this, if you did not experience this in your personal life..... ; when you are missing any of the above-mentioned motivators, then you probably should not even start writing about anxiety.
|Research is the keyword. Yes, you have a passion for writing but most probably you want also to check what profits this book will bring you. So you need to do a good research; what do people want to read, what are people looking for.... Take into consideration what was selling before five years might not be selling now. Once you did your research, you want to study the topic. You want to master it, so you are able to bring to your readers useful and accurate information. If your book brings data, but is not accurate or is not actual then most probably your book will miss its purpose.|
Fact No. nine: Write what you do not know vs. Write what you know
There is this debate or often a raised question, whether writers should write about what they know or write about what they do not know. I consider it off track debate;
To make it simple:
Write about what you "do not know about" means you will write about what you studied about a certain new topic. Assume a topic that you did not know about much before, so now you are forced to learn much about it and the results of your writing would be great because you invested in learning the topic. But because things change, people change; before you start writing about any topic, you should learn always what has been changed in that particular area. Once this is done, then the other part of the sentence (write what you know.) becomes valid.
In other words, you will always write what you know about after you have passed a learning process about the topic as it was unknown to you so now you write about something you did not know about anything before but now you do write all that you learn about it.
Fact No. ten: Keep things simple. Do not complicate things.
Serious topics don't always need to be complex. If it is complex, try to make simple. If you allow yourself to learn, you will get out of your own brain borders. Our brain acting like telling you; give me the universal things of the topic; it is hard for me with specific things about the topic. If you do not search, you are responding to that first reaction of your brain telling you; give me the universal thing. You will not feel that physically, but you will see it reflecting black on white into your manuscript.
This process is magical, because at first you do not know anything or you know few about the topic, you search for it, you start to learn it, you master it, you deep dive in it and you learn its specifics, instantaneously everything becomes to you universal, your brain is now producing these words you want to use for your novel, your book, your story, your research, your blog….
|For example, when writing about happiness, there are countless books out there that use the same basic plot over and over again with different quotes and different settings all the time. While most readers may not be able to pick up on this little tid-bit of information, avid readers know this fad really well and are constantly on the hunt for material. That is why I did raw and brought such an idea to the table in my book The Elevator that not only enthralled my readers but also kept them hooked for so long that they continue to read that over and over again.|
By the end, you might take into consideration my above examples and hints, but my last hint to you is; examine your life and find what the most meaningful things to you are, write what you feel inside you want to write about, not what others are telling you.