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New Authors: Welcome!

I've seen a lot of videos online. New authors asking for advice, or watching every video that solicits advice. But advice is like an opinion. Everyone has one. But that doesn't make their advice applicable to you. I can't tell you how many videos I've watched that suggest you outline and plot your book before you write. I can't do it. I've tried. I never use the outline. And there's nothing wrong with that!

What works for one writer, may not work for another. With that in mind, I'm not going to try to shove my process down your throat. I will give you different ways I've seen authors write, and let you decide which is best for you.

I want to talk to you about the different processes authors have for writing. I also want to talk about edits, the different types of readers, some marketing (even though I'm not very good at it), and a few other things first time authors need to know.

Before I get into all the different ways you can write a book (There are tons!), I want to tell you something.

Imposter syndrome is a bitch.

Everyone has it. And it's one of the main reasons that people don't write, or don't finish, their book. The feeling that it isn't good enough. Or the thought that no one wants to read it. Imposter syndrome makes you think that others will think your book is trash.

You need to tell imposter syndrome to take a hike!

Easier said than done right? Well think of it this way.

Writing is a skill. One that everyone has to work on and improve. To be considered a "master" at any craft/skill, you need to have thousands of hours working in that skill. The more you work on it, the better you will be.

Do you remember when you were five years old, learning how to read and write in school? Do you think 5 year old you could write the book you wrote? Of course not! You've improved since then. The more you write, the more you'll improve.

Remember, first drafts are always rough. Even experienced authors have rough first drafts. Don't beat yourself up over it. Even though it might hurt, acknowledge where you messed up. Acknowledge your mistakes, and learn from them.

We're all on this journey together. You may have just started, but you are on the same road as others. You'll meet some great people along the way. Don't give up!

I will try to cover as much as I can in different posts, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, or ask me on tiktok (@evieblackbooks). I am more than happy to answer your questions, or get you to someone who knows the answer!

Happy Writing Friends!
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