I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, since that time I have always known that I wanted more than anything to see my books on the shelf along side so many other great authors. As I continued to grow as a person, I also grew as an author as well, everyday my writing gets better and better it seems. I am not a professional or anything like that and I don’t claim to be. But I do have about eighteen years experience in this business, so I have decided to share what I know, and what I’ve learned along the way with other authors. I know there are a lot of new authors out here who need some valuable advice from experienced writers. So this tutorial is one I made up from my own knowledge, I hope it’s very helpful to those who need advice and guidance as upcoming authors. BLESSINGS ALWAYS MISS RADIANCE!
STEP 1: LOVE AND PASSION
Having love and passion for writing is a major plus. Anyone can say “Oh I want to write a book.” But if you’re not passionate about what you’re writing you’ll eventually get bored and the project will never get completed. Almost like watching your favorite movie, if you’re passionate about that movie you’ll be able to sit through those two hours with no problems. But if you’re not the movie is going to bore you right, and soon you’ll feel yourself drifting to sleep. Just like in my case I love reading novels, but if I am not passionate about the book I’m reading after the first ten pages or so then I am not going to be motivated to continue reading it. Writing is the same way, but if you have that love and passion you’ll be able to write the book you desire in no time. You’ll finish so fast, you’ll sit back and wonder where the time has gone.
STEP 2: KNOW YOUR GENRE
This is a lesson I learned the hard way. When I first began writing I thought I could write about anything. But that is far, far, far from the truth, we all have different interest, and we’re not meant to write about the same things. Just like singers aren’t meant to be rappers, and rappers aren’t meant to be singers. If singers and rappers were all the same it would be a pretty boring and dull music industry right?” Well that’s the same way writers should be. You have to decide if you want to write fiction if so do you want to write Romance, Young Adult, Urban, Thriller, Horror, Erotica, or Mystery fiction? Or if you choose Non Fiction what will your book be about and how will the readers relate? This is something you should know first hand. Throughout my career as a writer I experimented with lots of genres, but once my heart led me to write romance, urban, and young adult fiction I was able to write better, and enjoy doing it.
The usual categories of fiction (called genres) include the following:
Adventure - stories where there is an element of danger and risk. This category often overlaps the others, so that you have a fantasy novel with lots of adventure, or an adventure story with a mystery.
Comic or Graphic Novel - a fairly new category which includes the art as well as the story writing
Drama - the original term 'drama' meant stage drama, and was divided into comedy and tragedy - now we use the term to refer to any sort of fiction that ... well, that doesn't fit into any of the other categories on this page!
Erotic or Pornography - stories about sex
Espionage or Spy Thriller - stories about spies and international intrigue
Fanfiction - stories about another author's characters, such as Harry Potter fanfiction or Star Trek fanfiction. This sort of fiction cannot be sold!
Fantasy - stories that contain elements of what was once called 'fairy tales.' Fantasy stories deal with magic or supernatural abilities, magical or supernatural beings, or simply 'what if' situations such as alternate universes. Fantasy can be further divided into alternate universe, bangsian, celtic, comic, contemporary, dark, folktale, heroic, high, historical, juvenile, medieval, myth, prehistoric, romantic, steampunk, superhero, sword and sorcery, urban, and wuxia
Gothic - originally, this was just another way of saying 'horror,' but now the term is used to mean a story that combines romance and horror
Historical Fiction - stories set in the past and describing the events and characters' lives. This category often overlaps the others, so that you have historical fantasy or historical romance.