How to become an indie writer?
In part 2 of our series on the art of writing, we’ll take a look at some of the best and worst ways to become one, as well as how to get into the writing business as a newbie.
This time around, we’re looking at how to create something that’s both unique and relatable.
How to create an original story The first step to being an independent writer is creating something unique.
“The art of fiction is about taking what is familiar and adding a few new elements,” says John Langan, author of The Art of Fiction.
“If you’ve been doing that, you’re probably doing something wrong.”
Langan started his own blog, The Book of Secrets, in 2005 and has written about fiction since 2007.
He says it’s important to know the history of the genre before you begin, and he recommends reading through every single novel ever written by an author, even those you might not know personally.
“You need to understand the context in which those books were written and how they relate to each other,” Langan says.
“Once you understand that, it’s easy to make sense of them.”
“A good first step is to create a work of fiction that’s original,” he adds.
“Your work is not unique, but you’ve created something that is different.”
If you don’t already have a writing career, it may be hard to find an editor willing to give you the chance to work with writers who aren’t your usual peers.
But you might be able to make some small progress if you have a few years of experience and a good idea of your craft.
“I have the same skills as everyone else, but I’ve done it for years,” says Michael J. Sullivan, author and director of The Writing Lab.
“And I’ve learned that I can do things that are not necessarily obvious to other writers.”
For example, he recommends getting involved with writing for an indie production company or film.
“There’s nothing like writing for yourself to build a community and learn from others who have done the same thing,” Sullivan says.
If you’re a new writer and you’re trying to figure out how to start, here are a few ways to get started: Learn from your peers Learn from other writers You don’t have to be a fan of someone to be inspired by their work.
“Most people are just trying to find a way to express themselves,” Sullivan explains.
“They want to say something different or to write a novel, but they’re still trying to get a voice in the fiction field.”
Find an editor “The first time you’re ever asked to write is the first time someone asks you to,” says Daniel J. Steinberg, co-author of The Novel Writer’s Guide.
“That’s when you have to say, ‘I know this is going to be difficult, but it’s actually very easy.'”
“You’re going to have to think hard about the things you’re writing,” Steinberg says.
You have to get the right person to read your manuscript.
If there’s someone you know well who is the right kind of editor for you, Steinberg suggests reading a lot of the work of the editors you admire.
“Some editors are just good writers, but a lot are very hard to get along with,” Steinbok says.
In addition to knowing the right people, it helps to know a lot about the industry and your craft to help you create your own work.
Find the right editor “It’s not just about what you know about the field,” says Steinberg.
“It helps to understand that the industry is really very diverse, and it’s not like you can just look at your own portfolio and say, this is what I’m good at.'”
When it comes to writing, it can be difficult to find the right writer, so try to keep it to yourself.
You’ll want to look for a project that involves someone you’re comfortable with and that’s familiar with your story.
“An editor who has seen my writing before and has done some writing for me before will be very receptive,” Steinbur says.
Be sure to ask the right questions When it’s time to write, it might be easier to just go back to your blog and post about your writing experience.
“My advice is to not write until you have your first draft out,” Steinburg says.
Instead, write down the things that you’ve done right and the things things you’ve not done right.
“Write what you want to write,” Steinbeks says.
Get to know your story Once you’ve finished your first novel, you might want to start thinking about the rest of the story.
You want to know where you went wrong, why you didn’t succeed, and what you can learn from your mistakes.
“This is where your story can grow and expand and evolve over time,” Steinber says.
Make it interesting When you’ve written a novel and have a short story in