Are you an author or aspire to be one? These are a few books and resources that I have found helpful in my writing journey.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need an agent?
This is a personal decision based on your particular goals as an author. If you've dreamed of being on the shelves of a brick and mortar bookstore than more than likely you will need an agent. If you are only interested in self-publishing then you do not need an anget per se, however, there are agents that represent foreign and other subsidiary rights that you may find beneficial. Again, this all depends on your goals. If you are someone who would prefer a small press or publisher that takes unsolicited manuscripts than an agent may not be necessary.
I'm not published, can I still call myself an author?
Yes! Some authors wait years before they sell a manuscript, this doesn't make them any less of an author than Stephen King.
Do you recommend I join a critique group?
In the beginning of your writing journey I would say this is probably a good idea for a couple of reasons. The first reason being is your friends and family are probably going to give you less than honest feedback. You don't need "This is great" or "Good job", you need constructive criticism on how to make your story better. And don't worry everyone has room to improve, even bestsellers. Secondly,
What's your writing process like?
When I first started writing I pants it (wrote from the seat of my pants) all the way. I quickly learned this doesn't always work. Each book is different though. Sometimes the characters are cooperative and sometimes they need a little proding to get going. Now, I will write a loose outline before I start including the climax of the story. I mostly adhere to the outline but often the characters show me a different path and I follow them.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
This can vary anywhere from a month to a year. This depends on the book and if I let myself get off track. I tend to get what I call "squirrel syndrome." Basically, I'm like a dog (author) and I get easily distracted by squirrels (story ideas or other writing opporntunities).
How do I find my voice?
Write. The more you write the faster you'll discover your style, common themes, and types of characters you perfer writing.