First things first… this is, I guess, somewhat of a public announcement: I have started writing my first book.
Now. In the process of getting started, I’ve read a few tips, received some advice and even watched some “training” on how to be successful or efficient or simply on how to do it. Turns out a lot of it comes down to having a routine, scheduling writing time… or as I see it, forcing creativity out of somewhere and onto a screen. And I’ve decided it goes against everything I want my book to be. How can a book be magical if it was created under pressure, with a stressed out mind and strict instructions? I had barely started applying all those methods that I started resenting the non-existent book.
So I researched one of my inspirations and found the most simple, encouraging advice from no other than Paolo Coelho. It is full of thoughts such as: “Books are not there to show how intelligent you are. Books are there to show your soul.” and “You should care to share your soul and not to please other writers.” and “Don’t try to innovate storytelling, tell a good story and it is magical.”. Voilà!
And it may take weeks or months or years (well hopefully not years), but in the end it will be mine and will have come from my heart. And although I hope you will like it, the important thing is that I will love it.
Until then, of course, I’m still opened to hearing more tips and advice so feel free to share!