“What New Authors Should Look Out for Before Publishing”
By Author and Screenwriter Michael Okon
Authors who are new to the self-publishing world should be really in tune with what they want to write. It’s important to know what your genre is, who your audience is, and who you are specifically targeting. If you enter into writing blindly, you will be lost and never finish your story.
I, for one, have been writing since I was 15 years old. I started with screenplays, honed my skills, and moved to novels. No matter how deep my subject was, I knew exactly how every single story was going to end. Every character’s arc was mapped out with important questions on how I was going to get them from point A to point B, and how they were going to change along the way. It’s not enough to just sit down and write, but you must have a roadmap. I beat out my character’s stories and then intertwine them throughout the novel.
Always give yourself ample time when writing, don’t think you are going to lose an idea because you haven’t started Chapter 1 in your novel. Gather notes, know your characters, feel what it would be like to live in their shoes.
Writing a novel is like creating your own universe. Know every aspect of that universe, inside and out. Know how your characters will react to certain things in that universe. Once you figure out where you want to go, and how your characters are going to be, then begin writing. Before you know it, you’ll be ten chapters in.
Michael Okon is a bestselling author and screenwriter. His newly revised book, Monsterland, is scheduled for release on October 15. Michael invites readers to connect with him on his website.
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