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Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Jul 11, 2016
How To Write The Book That Is Inside Of You - RN 039

I sincerely believe that every person has a book inside of them. I believe we all have an interesting story to tell. With a heart that yearns for more art in the world and the preservation of literature, I hope you’ll consider sharing your story. If you don’t care to, that’s okay. However, many wish that not only could they write a book before they die, but also that their story might live on. Their only drawback is that they don’t believe they have it in them to pull something off as lofty as writing a book.

If you’ve ever wanted to do that, then here’s a little inspiration and the “How-To” of writing that book.

1. Just get your story down in the first draft. Sculpt in the second draft, and finish it off in the final draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect at first. In the past, my biggest obstacle and what made me burn out the quickest when I tried to write something was that I thought every line needed to perfect in the first draft. Don’t worry about that. Just get the story down, then worry about sculpting later.

2. All it takes is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper to get started. You don’t need a computer or an agent or a publisher. Those things are great for aspiring professional writers, but even then, the only thing ANYONE needs to get started is paper and something to write with.

3. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling at first. That’s what editors are for.

4. Use your true voice. Write like you’re speaking to a friend. Be authentic.

5. I didn’t mention this in the show, but never think you’re too old. Some of the best works have been penned by people in their elder years. Just write it down.

My suggestion for work flow is this:

First Draft – Just get the story down (No one reads it. It belongs to you alone at this point)

Second Draft – You sculpt your story until it resembles something you think you like (Now you can let “Beta” or “Test” readers see it {if you choose} to give you advise about anything that needs to be fixed that you might not have noticed)

Final Draft – You take the advice from your test readers if you like what they have to say – and it’s okay if you don’t because it’s your story – and you make a finalized manuscript.

 From this point on, what you do with it is up to you. You may choose to have one copy only professionally bound and put in a safe place for future generations or you may want to publish it. If you'd like to see it published or even if you plan to self-publish, it will be smart to have it worked over by an editor. There are many avenues to choose from this point on and I will happily converse with you on those options if you want to contact me about it.

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