'You made too many mistakes in your sentence structures,' or 'your vocabulary is too limited,' or 'we're not interested with your work.' Those are some of the things that I have received for the past seven years, since I started to pursue my passion as a novelist, as a book writer, as creator, as the person who's living the dream. But I've always found the remedy in reading Stephen King's advice (and I quote),
First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.”
You can read more about what he said by going here: Stephen King's TOP 20 Rules for Writers. His words always seem to fire me up, inspire me to click open Microsoft Word and start typing. When I was just in the early stages of Gordana (my first book), I read, I think almost 5-10 books a week--to get more vocabulary and writing styles from different authors out there. Here, check out my reading pattern--I've made this diagram to make it easier for you guys to understand what my points are:
Usually, those books that I've selected to focus more and for study-purposes, them being selected could be largely contributed to the books' success in general. There are plenty (thousands, even) writers out there who can write exceptionally well but a line has to be drawn and so, I've decided to go with these at the moment.
Before you commit to any book project (if you ever wish to start one), there are THREE (3) reminders that you HAVE to remember, ALWAYS:
A. Don't listen too much the words of the critics. There's NO LAW that says you must follow their so-called expert opinions.
B. Start writing and don't do any correction (your grammar, your sentence) until you've reached at least 10000-20,000 words. Doing correction every time will only SLOW you down.
C. READ, READ and READ. This will help you A LOT. Especially if you want to identify your (AT LEAST) 5-10 selected books that you want to focus on for study and research.
If you have any questions or feelin' curious in any way, don't be shy. Just drop your questions in the comment section below. For those of you who want to know more about my books, don't be shy as well. I'm always happy to tell you all about it!
|The Empress: Published in August, 2013|
|Gordana: Publish in February 2013|
NEXT, I will tell you guys the Second step. Stay tuned!