Christine A Howard

So You Want To Write A Book: Great Advice For Mommy Authors

If you’re a budding mommy author, you might be wondering how you can get your book out of your head and onto the page. You might even be wondering how to make it a success or how to get it out there to your target audience. There are a ton of resources out there that can be used to help budding mommy authors finally write that book they’ve been thinking about for years – and this post aims to compile all of the best advice in one helpful article.  If you’re a budding mommy author, read on for some advice that could really help you.

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Work On Ways To Keep Your Motivation Alive

A lack of motivation can stop you from writing, but you need to keep on moving forward if you’re going to have finished pieces behind you. Work on ways to keep your motivation alive. This might be keeping up the novelty by a change in scenery from time to time, for instance.  

One of the biggest motivation killers for mommy writers is the job of being a mommy.  You see the piles of laundry, the vacuuming, the endless dirty dishes, and they are all screaming for attention.  Getting out of the house to write can be one of the best decisions you will make.  It’s okay, because the chores will still be calling your name when you get home.  Trust me, I know!  But, for the few hours you gift yourself outside the house will really pay off in the end.  Even if you get just a few pages written, they will most likely be much higher quality than if you were being nagged by your dishes.

Get Into The Writing Habit

Getting into the writing habit is the most important thing. You don’t have to start writing a novel right now, but making a journal entry or a stream of consciousness page every day will help you.  It may seem a bit odd to keep a daily journal or diary if-you-will.  You may even think that you won’t have anything interesting to write.  I mean “I folded 3 loads of laundry, mopped the floors, and gave the baby a bath” isn’t very interesting, right?  

However, if you get in the habit of writing each day, the boring will suddenly turn into something more interesting.  You will stop making a chronology of your to-do list, and begin writing as if you were writing to a friend.  This is where the gold is, and this is what will give you the inspiration for your actual writing.

Don’t Wait For Inspiration – Chase It

If you wait for inspiration, you’ll probably write very little. Start writing and chase it.  Use the everyday as inspiration for your writing.  Did you have an encounter with a really rude person at the grocery store?  Great!  Write about it!  Inspiration can be hiding around literally any corner.  In fact, J.K. Rowling, famed author of the Harry Potter series, found inspiration in her everyday mundane tasks.  I really believe that this is what set her stories apart from others.  Even though her stories are pure fantasy, they are based in a reality we have all experienced.  

Explore Different Options And Avenues

You have many different options and avenues to explore, such as print books vs ebooks. It’s important you know the avenues that are right for you and what you’re looking to achieve.  If you believe that you have the next bestseller, you won’t want your title to be lost among the literal millions of other titles out there.  Make sure you do your research before you make any decisions, and if you self-publish, make sure you have a way to market  your new creation.  Even if your new book is simply an opt-in for something bigger, you will need to be able to get it in-front of as many eyes as possible or it will fail.  

Know What You Want To Say

Before you start writing, you don’t need a fully formed plot or characters – those things can reveal themselves in your writing. However, you should have a very good idea of what you want to say and get across.  One of the tools that really helps me organize any piece of writing is the mind-map or some call it a bubble map.  Put the main idea in the middle with supporting ideas around it.  You should have an overall idea of your plot, and then you can have a more detailed map for each chapter.  I highly recommend using a tool to keep your thoughts organized.  

Prioritize Your Language

Many ideas are gathered second hand from multiple outside sources, so don’t worry too much about plot. Worry about language. Although you don’t want to write something exactly the same as your favorite author has written, know that similarities can’t always be avoided. Focus on getting to the place you want to get to in a completely unique way. It’s your language and voice that make the difference – but know that you don’t need to use big words or write stylishly either. Simple prose is often best.  A wise person once said that “everything as already been written, but it has yet to be written by you.”  Readers want to hear what you have to say.  It doesn’t matter if a hundred others have written on the subject before, because you may have a fresh take on things.  

Ignore Trends

Ignore trends in writing and write what’s in your soul. Vampire literature might be popular right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s for you.  In fact, it is the ‘evergreen’ pieces that stand the test of time.  Just like evergreen trees are still fresh and green long after their deciduous counterparts have long lost their leaves, so is evergreen writing.  Write on subjects that aren’t going to fade with the newest fashions.  This is how the greats like Shakespeare have stood the test of time.  

If You’re Bored, Your Reader Is Too

Bored writing out a big fight scene? So is your audience. Your writing should take you on a journey, too. That’s a good indication that your reader is feeling something.  As you write, take sections and read them aloud to yourself.  If what you hear would put you to sleep, stop writing, take a break and return to it later.  Since writing has no facial expressions, it can be much more difficult to get your thoughts across without sounding boring.  Using descriptive words, alliterations, and other writing tools can help you immensely.  

Read As Much As Possible

To become a good writer, one of the best things you can do is read as much as possible. When you do this, an understanding of grammar and what works in a story should become natural to you.  You will begin to hear what words work and what don’t.  Writing is not as much about what you say as much as it is about how you say it.  By reading, you can learn how authors work to bring about visualizations within their reader.  The more you read, the more the writing will flow so much easier.

So You Want To Write A Book: Great Advice For Mommy Authors

If you are a mommy author who is looking to create the next great masterpiece, take these tips to heart.  With a little persistence and a lot of patience, we just might be seeing your name in the by-line.   

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