• Dana Ellington

But Seriously, Is It Really THAT Simple?

Yes, yes it is. That's why I call my process Simply Self-Published. Mind you, simple doesn't mean easy in this case, by any means. It's not easy taking time from binge watching the latest shows on Hulu to put words to page. It's not easy pouring your heart into a draft to then have an editor tell you to take out some of your favorite phrases. It's not easy producing your first ever book to see it get no reviews, or worse, a one star rating by someone you don't, even, know!



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All that aside, once you work through the reluctance, fear, and doubt, bringing your dream of becoming a published author to fruition is as simple as....well, let's go through the steps and I'll show you.


I wrote last month about finding inspiration. Click HERE to read that post or HERE to watch the video. Once you have an idea on what you want to write, it's helpful to know what type of writer you are. In other words, are you a "Plotter" or a "Pantser"? Trust me, it's helpful to know this upfront.


A "Plotter" is someone who plots out their book at the very beginning. Outlines, character descriptions, and timelines, oh my. They can fill notebooks from cover to cover with all the details of their novel and they prefer to do it before they start. Note - this is where resistance (check out The War of Art by Steven Pressfield) can show up in full force for plotters. They'll spend an exorbitant amount of time on the plotting, promising they'll start writing as soon as they get the plot ironed out.


"Perfectionisim is strong with this one."



However it works out, you're a plotter if the idea of having all the plot bunnies in a row BEFORE you start writing makes your heart sing.


As for "Pantsers", writers in this category do just what the word implies, they write by the seat of their pants. They more than likely have a plot and timeline in mind, they're familiar with their characters, they're just not going to take the time upfront to put all of that detail down on paper. Nope; when the timer starts they just start writing. Don't worry, resistance shows up for them as well. Resistance spares no one.


So which are you? Take a quick moment to think about it and then write it down some where you'll see it next week when I get into the first part of the Simply Self-Published process. This is a good time to jot down your book idea that you got from last month's post on inspiration.


In the meantime,

sending love & inspiration.

Dana

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