Authentic Writing

Self-publishers start out as writers, then become authors. Some people are natural writers, but the rest of us need help from time to time.

One of the best ways to connect with readers is when your writing is authentic, material that comes right out of your own experience. Although many of these resources are aimed at nonfiction writers, fiction writers need authenticity too.

It seems to me that as writers, we need to learn to draw on our deepest resources, the essential traits that define us. Writing is a creative expression that allows each of us to communicate from our unique vantage point our own view of the world. Whether we’re describing a scene from memory, the details of a scene in a historical romance, or explaining the way geology has formed the landscape, we need the skill to trust our own instincts and write our truth.

When writing is authentic, regardless of its subject matter, it communicates to the reader and draws them into the world the writer has to show them.

Although many of the articles on the blog relate more directly to books and publishing, I try to remember that it’s in the creative act that all our publishing begins. I hope you enjoy these articles.

The community at The Book Designer is an active and engaged one, so I hope you’ll participate by leaving a comment to expand, to reflect on, or to contest what you’ve read. Enjoy!

Writing Technique and Inspiration

Unleash Your Creativity Now: How to Freewrite
How to Get Out of Your Own Way: Suzanne Murray on Freewriting
Car Writer
Creativity—The List of Lists
How Freewriting Saved My Life

Writing Books

Writing for your Life: Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg
Writing For Your Life by Deena Metzger
Book Review: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

Writer’s Tools

A Google Toolbox for Writers

The next stop on your publishing journey is Getting Ready to Publish. When you’re ready, continue on.