Thursday Thirteen - 285 - 13 Words Which Lead to a Book That Will Make You Proud
by Julia Phillips Smith
As writers, we're all about words. Here are thirteen words that will lead you to creating a book you will be proud to call your own:
1 - Infatuation
If you're in love with your characters, readers will be, too.
2 - Rush
Does your story give you a rush of excitement when you sit down to write it? Readers will feel the same kick of adrenaline.
3 - Truth
Are you staying true to the characters? If you stray from their reality, the reader will think you don't know your own characters as well as she does.
4 - Resonate
Do your scenes resonate with you even when you're busy doing something else? A good sign that the story will last in the hearts of your readers.
5 - Trust
Don't fight yourself. Trust your instincts and worry about the fine tuning during edits or revisions.
6 - Patience
Rome wasn't built in a day, was it?
7 - Skill
You've gathered a lot of these over the years -- they're at your disposal. Your previous work was not a fluke, I promise.
8 - Seek
Take the advice of those who can turn your manuscript into a novel. This is definitely not the time to be a one-woman band.
9 - Craft
Use the advice you just gathered, apply your skills and craft the book into its final form
10 - Endurance
When you feel like an ant pushing a boulder uphill, keep going.
11 - Accept
Time to let go of your story when you've used all of the above. Let it fly and be free.
12 - Perfection
Be satisfied with the knowledge you've done all in your power to make your story the best it can be.
13 - Share
Don't forget to let others know about your work. Otherwise, how will we disappear into the world you've created, or meet the characters that gave you that rush in the first place?
What does your path to a book of which you're proud look like?
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