Here is an interesting exercise to try:

Sit in a cafe or on a bench observing people walking by, take in as much as you can about each one as they go by. You will take the sixth person as your writing subject, write down everything you can remember about them, describe in detail the clothes they are wearing,  hat and shoes, what are they carrying, the expression on their face or in their walk - NOW write a short piece, 500 words, about who this is, where they are going, what do they have to do and how do they feel about it.   

"Never, never, never give up"    Winston Churchhill

James Redfield published his Celestine Prophecyin 1992, sold a few thousand copies and in 1994 Warner Brothers became his publisher, translated it into several languages and thousands upon thousands have sold.

Virginia Wolff, 1892-1941 started her own publishing company with her husband. Known as  Hogarth Press they printed all of her poetry there.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's works were published before and after her marriage to Robert Browning by private benefactors.

    For the first few months have a notebook dedicated for your writing project,  always carry it with you to jot down ideas that come to you, questions you need to ask for answers that round out your story, people you need to contact.  Use a highlighter on the topic of each entry so you can spot it easily.

    Set aside the best time of day for your writing time and the number of hours and days of the week you want or need to write. Try and stick to them, adjust your schedule as needs be to accommodate your other activites in life or free time needed.

    Some believe a writer should not talk about their work until it is done.  Sometimes too much talking uses the energy and creativity that would go into the writing and one does not have much left to put on paper or it does not seem fresh.  And of course, it could be someone beats you to the punch with the topic.

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    Just as you comb your hair the way you like it, write your story just the way you like, it is your story, your imagination and your characters, you can do whatever you like with them.  Don't worry about the ending until just before you get there.

     Read a few pages aloud before you start making changes to the content, prose writings can sound more exciting by ear rather than just reading what your thoughts have produced.  

     Try writing at least two to three pages, preferably a whole chapter before you edit, better to keep the flow of your voice going for continuity than worry about typos, grammar and spelling with every paragraph written.

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Self Published Authors

Here are some self published authors

The author of Joy of Cooking, Irma Rombauer,  had 3,000 copies of her now famous cook book printed in 1931.  In 1936 a publishing house bought the rights to the book and they have enjoyed over 20 million sales! 

Much more recently author Shades of Grey author,  E.L. James,  put her first book online and did so well that she decided to turn it into a trilogy and self published as Ebooks, then printed copies.


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