You have the journals full of ideas. Worlds that came fully formed into your mind. Characters with hopes, fears, dreams, and problems. Heroes and heroines you feel like you’ve known all your life, with a story to be told. You’re compelled to find out just where those stories will take them.
Then the shower ends, and you rush off to work. A baby wakes up and it’s time to be super-mom. You rush to write down the new thought before leaping into the fray of daily life.
The stories never get told.
The characters never get the chance to overcome their enemies, or die trying. Instead, they die of neglect.
Melodramatic? Only to people who don’t understand just how real these characters are that waltz, run, or climb hand-over-fist into our minds. Not to writers.
I’ve killed many potential heroes, heroines, villains, friends, lovers, and others. 99% of the time, it’s a slow death, unplanned and unfit for a warrior. A few times it was MUCH more creative and interesting.
I have the skills to write. As a developmental editor, I’ve spent years honing the craft. I’ve journeyed together with many aspiring authors until they became published, helping them get to the heart of their stories and polishing every little clockwork piece that goes into making a memorable book. So why did it take me so long to finish my first book?
I’d go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line to bet that you have the skills to finish your first book. So why haven’t you?
It took me an age, but I finally figured out why. It’s not a lack of time. It’s not a lack of desire. Definitely not a lack of ideas!
Do you know what the secret is?
Every successful author I’ve ever been fortunate to call friend has one thing in common. They joined (and showed up to) their local chapter of Romance Writers of America; they found a meet-up group of writers (and showed up); they found a local guild or a NaNoWriMo group (and showed up).
They didn’t try to do it alone. Even introverts who can live happily in an imaginary world of their own making need the encouragement, inspiration, accountability and lessons learned that you only get from a good community.
Next time you’re at a book signing or in a twitter chat with your favorite authors, ask what kind of community they had when they were still aspiring authors. The answers will vary, but I wager you’ll never hear “none.”
There’s one more commonality of successful writers (and, no, it’s not coffee…can you believe some people prefer hot chocolate or tea?!?). They have a process. A way of approaching story planning, habits to keep them going, and possibly vodka to get past the “this is the worst book ever written” hump to the finish line. The drink of choice may vary. The presence of a process does not.
So there you have it. Commuity + Process = the foundation of Storymaker Society.
Storymaker is about helping you free the characters stuck in your mind, before they fade away. It’s about helping you find your process, and providing community to journey right along with you until you finally, triumphantly, type THE END. Period.
How about it? Are you in?
Are you ready to get your first book written, before 2018 sees what’s coming?
Here’s what you do next:
If you’re not ready to start getting your stories to the finish line… for shame!
Ok, I’m sure you have a good excuse. For now, could you fill out the short survey linked below so I can understand how I could help you in a way that fits into your life RIGHT NOW?