The fundamentals of writing
Our guest today, Kara, believes that if you write, you’re a writer and you don’t necessarily need to be published or you don’t need to reach a milestone of success to own the title. She also states that fact that sometimes, other people use the title of being an uthor once they have a book published and make money out of their writing skills.
Katy’s top advice for writers is to write everyday and treat writing as a job but then she also shares that she has come to realize that it is important to have a life outside of writing. She believes that if you want something to happen you need to be consistent and it is essential to achieve a work-life balance that we can sustain over the long-term.
According to Katy, the hardest part of writing is always that first sentence you set on to write thus preparation and outlining is very important. When you are writing, it is crucial to write as quickly as you can maintain the to the flow. It is significant to remember that if you are writing in a slow pace, you tend to put yourself back to the beginning and you will definitely not finish what you have started.
Katy advices that we should not put the pressure of perfectionism on yourself when writing the first draft because it will be a very destructive mindset. She believes that the preparation process can help in making the first draft easy to write and as you go on the process you get better along the way. Katy learns from experience that the more refined her preparation process is, the better and better her first draft gets.
As per Katy, it is important to write first and foremost for yourself, just for the love of it. She said that she will write even if no one read her works. She shares that the common mistake that writers do is writing only for money and that it is so much easy to turn your art into business, just business. Katy also shares that writers deals with so much insecurity and inferiority and being jealous of other writers success. She firmly believes that as a writer, another writers success is in no way endangers your success.
What You Will Learn:
- What is the difference of a writer and an author
- How to outline your novel
- How to structure your story
- The importance of preparation
- How to write character arcs
- How to structure scenes
- Most common writing mistakes
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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso.
She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw.
When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.
She makes her home in western Nebraska.