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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Fiction Authors Need to Find Their True Identity
pen their books they could write about any subject, set the story anywhere, have it
take place during any time period, and stock it with all types of characters
and events. This same imagination will need to be called upon when the fiction author
creates his or her identity for the public he hopes to impress.
What will you
call yourself, as a novelist? Are you a master story teller? Are you
action-driven? Is it about the dialogue? What kind of label do you want put on
Whatever you do,
choose it before others bestow one on you.
writers are usually experts first, writers second. For instance, a book on
relationships is likely penned by someone with professional credentials whose
experienced and training led him to write his book. One may refer to the author
as a “relationship doctor” or a “marriage expert” or something similar.
But a novelist
is much harder to define, especially when it’s your first book or if you write
in multiple genres, Still, you’re looking for a moniker that fits like a glove.
To have a nickname, a title, or some kind of identifiable trait helps people
draw a picture of you, visualize your writings, and make it easier to remember
a checklist to help you think about what might influence your title or ID
would you describe your writing style?
do you approach your writing?
do you do professionally?
special training do you have?
school/degree did you attent/obtain?
is the likely reader demographic for your book?
you possess any unique physical qualities or oddities?
you suffer from a disease, handicap, or illness?
your family famous or important?
what subject do you write on?
well-known authors are you comparable to?
you won any awards or received critical recognition?
·It was anything exceptional or different about how you live today?
you have any quirky habits?
you ever win or lose big at something?
you have any unusual hobbies?
You can be almost anyone, but before others can see you as someone you will need to establish who they will come to see.