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Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom, 2011/01/10 - Writing a book is the second all-time most popular goal (1) and a new self-publishing company, Acorn Independent Press is helping budding authors to brave their first novel through a scheme launching on 10th January.
Authors signing up to Write Your Novel This Year will receive monthly emails focusing on different aspects of the novel-writing process and exercises to get them started. There will also be feature tutorials, tips and advice to keep them on track as it becomes tougher to keep those New Year’s Resolutions. Writers can sign up on Acorn Independent Press’ website acornselfpublishing.com where they will also be able to interact with other authors and share their work.
Leila Dewji, Editorial Director of Acorn Independent Press, said: "Many people make it their new year’s resolution to write their book but it takes real courage to look at a blank page and start. I created this motivating scheme to help writers develop their skills and give them the foundations on which to build their first book in a year."
Leila gives her top tips to writing your novel this year:
1. Believe in yourself and be brave. This is going to be a journey, no writer gets it perfect first time be patient and you will get there.
2. Find a space. Where are you going to write? You might have a peaceful home, but if not you need to find a quiet space where you feel comfortable.
Take one of your favourite books with you to inspire you when you are suffering writers block.
3. Commit. Are you a morning or an evening person? could you sneak half an hour before work or after the kids go to bed. Set a realistic weekly goal and stick to it. Force yourself to write something even if you feel totally uninspired. Even if it ends up in the bin, you will have learnt something from the process and be a better writer for it.
4. Observe. Buy a lovely notebook and take it everywhere with you. Take inspiration from everywhere. Go to a cafe in your lunch break and write quick character descriptions of the people there. Start off with physical descriptions, then let your imagination kick in - what kind of job do you think that person has, are they married, where do they live etc. Before you know it, you’ll be imagining whole biographies.
5. Read. Read as much and as widely as you can - not just in the genre you plan to write. You can learn something from every book you pick up, even if it’s what not to do.
Notes to editors: Acorn Independent Press launched in December 2010 and offers premium self publishing services for authors who want to launch in a big way; with fantastic editorial, design and production services as well as sales and marketing to get books reviewed, stocked and sold.
Leila Dewji is available for interview.
(1) Source: Goal setting community, 43things.com/.