You can do it!
There is help
There are resources
Today was the launch of my very first book! It has been a long (and sometimes frustrating) road to get here. However, I would not change it for anything! I have learned so much and am still learning. I know lots of people who write and I also know lots of people who talk about writing. I was one of them! I have written for years: Bible studies, short articles, Manuals for Encounters, etc. When I finally decided to really do it (as in actually publish it), the first thing I encountered was huge life-obstacles which completely stopped me in my tracks. My husband was killed in an accident and 11 months later I was diagnosed with cancer. Nothing I could do about those two debilitating events. However, I still knew I was going to write, and I did.
When life cleared up enough for me to really think clearly (chemo brain is real!), I embarked on what I thought was a simple journey. I can laugh now. I quickly found out that there was much to learn if I was actually going to publish. I went to a Christian Writer’s Seminar in 2017 and spent a week with Scott and Sandi Tompkins. It was absolutely wonderful, giving me the tools to use resources for further education and great people to support me. I bought books; I read and read; and, I wrote.
In 2018, I went through college! Not literally – the college of life-experience. I learned about editing and found a wonderful editor – Kay Ben Avrahim of For Want of a Nail. I learned about setting up a manuscript for print and hired someone to help me. I spent money. It is not cheap to hire all of these people. If you want things to be professional, you need help. I learned about Fiverr, UpWorks, Canva, and more. I then set about to teach myself how to setup a Manuscript in Word and am learning Adobe Acrobat. I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing. I learned about blogging and websites and Pinterest and Adobe Acrobat Pro and…..I’m still learning and I love it.
Along the way, my partner in all of this was Tami Gaupp who is responsible for The Lanyap Life. It’s a wonderful website where I sell my books and post blogs. She has been on the steep learning curve also while writing and building the website! We have encouraged each other through college and life. Dick and Donna Sorenson have been part of our journey as well and you will see their books there soon.
What’s my point? I have more than just one!:
1. If you really want to write, you will need the determination to see it through to the finish.
2. You have to be willing to set the time to do it.
3. You need others who will support you and push you a little.
4. Be ready to do research and learn.
5. Just Do It – and have some fun in the process.
There are many sites with free courses you can take. Reedsy is one. You can easily look for others from there. Read books:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland.
They are all available on Amazon.
You don’t have to write a best-selling novel the first time! Maybe you will. The best thing you can do is: be yourself; write in your voice; be honest; and, write for the simple joy of helping others!
I am not trying to discourage you by telling you all of these things up front. What I’m trying to do is let you know that if I can do it – so can you! And, yes, it will involve work, time, and some money, but it’s worth it. If you really believe you should, then sit down today and start putting words on paper – let them flow out in no particular order. Keep them and come back tomorrow to re-read them. You will discover that somewhere a few paragraphs down, you will have said what you really wanted to say. But – don’t edit right now. Continue on from that one paragraph that spoke your heart. Then – don’t stop.