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How Do You Become the Next Great Fiction Writer? An Excerpt From Write Like You Mean It

Write Like You Mean It by Steve Gamel
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In last week's blog, I wrote that my mom has always wanted me to write a children's book. And who knows ... maybe I will someday.

I'm certainly not against it – it's just that now is not that time. Do you know who did, though?

My father-in-law, Dennis.

That's right. In 2018, long before I even thought about writing my first book, Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word, Dennis published a book he'd been sitting on for the better part of 20 years. It was called, The Adventures of Pete the Fire Engine.

A retired firefighter and EMT with a heart of gold, I must say that Dennis did a great job! Not only was it a sweet story, but it was a topic he really knew and had a passion for.

I share that story with you because writing about what you love and know is one of the best ways to get started as a fiction writer.

The excerpt below is from my book that dives deeper into what I mean by this.


Granted, you don't have to be a firefighter to write a book about a fire truck. The same goes for writing a fiction story about alien abduction if you've never been abducted, witches if you've never been possessed, or ghosts if you've never seen one. Don't feel like you have to limit yourself. Have fun. See where your imagination takes you. All I'm saying is that most first-time novelists gravitate to something that helps them hit their stride faster. As J.K. Rowling said, "Write what you know; your own interests, feelings, beliefs, friends, family, and even pets will be your raw materials when you start writing." Even if a wannabe novelist tries to write something outside their comfort zone, there is usually something embedded into the story that resonates with them and puts their personal stamp on the project.

How can you get your hands on Write Like You Mean It?

This book is for writers of all experience levels, genres, and professional pursuits. Whether you’re a journalist, college writer, aspiring freelancer, or future novelist, this book is for you, so you too can Write Like You Mean It!

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Thank you for reading!

*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX, and the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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