It is perfectly reasonable to read a few books ahead in a series, seeking spoilers. So long as those spoilers are due to fears for a dear character’s life.
Once upon a time, in the distant land of Australia, a young writer got an idea. That idea was to write a book, a book about assassins and one woman who accidentally got mixed in with them. The writer picked up her laptop with only one thing motivating her, the desire to write a story. Which was fine. The writer was happy, getting down her dark tale of misfortune peppered with her weird humour, all the while ignoring the publishing process. That could be handled later. But one day, something horrible happened. A friend asked the most dreaded question:
“What genre is it?”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, writing is so much more involved than I initially thought. And todays topic of contemplation is genres.
When I started writing, I decided I would finish the book first, then choose a genre. Because I didn’t want to accidentally limit myself by deciding my book wasn’t fitting the genre I chose and be forced to change it when I didn’t want to. Well, now I face the issue of choosing a genre that fits my writing.
There are hundreds of genres, sub genres and genre combinations. Which means there are hundreds of options to look through and choose from.
And of course, my book likely falls into more than one genre. Which ones do I choose? How will that affect the readers my book brings in? It’s difficult enough to find a list of all the different genres that exist, let alone figure out which ones my book falls under.
With all the things I need to google, no wonder I’m so slow at writing.
Having hit the halfway point of my first draft, I realised that I ought to be thinking about more than just my book. Although actually getting published is still a long way off, there are things I need to start organising right now. Because knowing me, if it doesn’t get done early, it’s not getting done at all.
For starters, I need to rethink my blog design. What I have right now was haphazardly chosen late one night when I decided to start blogging. I think it’s about time to revisit the settings. Speaking of which, I have little to no images to post alongside my blog posts, and knowing how visual enhancement can improve a post, I need to get some images asap. I don’t quite know what pictures to take, maybe some books or sketches, but all I know is that I want all my pictures to be my own.
Second point, I need to expand my social database beyond a blog. If i’m going to cross over from randomly writing a story to becoming a published author, simply writing on a blog every few weeks is not enough. I think a website is in order, maybe a Facebook page or Instagram. Furthermore, I need to decide whether I want to use my real last name or come up with a pseudo name to write under.
On to my actual book. Title and overall series title have already been decided upon, and I have a few ideas for a cover. But I need to begin researching how exactly I’m going to publish. Definitely self published initially. Yet, there’s more to it than simply deciding the route I want to take. I have to scout a path, get to know the way, research an optimal mode of transport and check out what I’m in for.
Ah, so much to do. The idea of actually publishing is a little daunting, luckily I’ve got a good half a year minimum to psych myself up to it.
Any recommendations for a good website builder? And what do you reckon, pseudo name or real name?
I just crossed over 50000 words on my first draft! Which means i’m about halfway, only took me 4 months to there. Now, let’s see if I can finish before the end of the year
I managed to get a few thousand words down last night … on a new story I started that has no purpose, plot, or plan. I’m really no good at sticking to sticking to one thing.
So, now I’m writing two stories simultaneously. Oops
How is it August already? I could’ve sworn it was still June… Ah, never mind. A month has come and gone, and I’ve been busy writing my first book, as well as other oddities. So, I’ve put together a little roundup.
In July, I have:
- Written about 7000 words (yes, I am a painfully slow writer)
- Came up with a title for the sequel, still no ideas for book 3 though
- Read at least 7 books
- Improved my dreadful cooking skills
- Successfully taken care of a house plant
I’ll be keeping up on updating any research or interesting points regarding my writing. I’ll post actual snippets from my book when I get closer to finishing it.
And I’ll post anything else interesting I come up with. Speaking of which, if anyone has any ideas of what I should post, I’d love to hear them.
A good book will take your mind to far away places. Then it will make you want to actually travel to those places. Next thing you know, you have 5 holidays planned with neither the time nor money to fund them.