As authors we hear the same question every day by people: what is your book about? Often we also hear the other person profess their desire to write, but for the most part we hear that they could never do it. It’s understandable. Writing a novel is not easy, and neither is marketing said novel.
But what about the questions one should ask BEFORE embarking on such an adventure? Are there any? And, are they important? You bet they are-very important, and should be both asked and answered.
What genre do I want to write in?
It’s safe to say the saying “write what you read” is, above all, the first rule one should follow. When it comes to deciding what genre to write, you don’t want to read Murder/Mystery, but write a romance. Novels have to have certain structure, and both the plot and characters have to have specific arches for each genre. Every genre is different, and it’s important to know these rules before getting into your outline.
What are my writing goals?
If your goal is to become the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or Stephanie Meyer, or if your goal is to simply hold your book in your hand, you need to figure out your goals before you begin writing your novel. Knowing why you are spending countless hours in front of your computer screen will help when the moments of frustration and doubt rear their ugly heads.
Should I self publish or traditional publish?
Over the last few years this question has become one of the forefront questions on a writers’ mind. More and more authors are taking the road to self publication than trying for the ‘hard to acquire’ contract with an agent or small publisher. Of course, both choices have their pros and cons, and as always, it’s best to research and weigh all your options before you make your decision. Some tips can be found in: Drawbacks of Self Publishing, Benefits of Self Publishing, Say “Yes” to Traditional Publishing, Drawbacks of Traditional Publishing.