Elizabeth R. Joseph

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Elizabeth Joseph is a 15 year old 9th grade student at a Kansas City, US high school. She has written several short stories, poems and plays during her elementary and middle school years. She started writing Twin Reflections in the 5th grade and completed it 3 years later in 2015. She hopes that her example of publishing at such a young age will inspire new and upcoming authors.

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It really depends on what kind of person or writer you are. Some people construct really in-depth plans for their works, so that the…more
Good question.

It really depends on what kind of person or writer you are. Some people construct really in-depth plans for their works, so that the actual writing is all they really need to do. Others write with a loose schematic, and yet others don't plan.

That being said, the goal is to actually write first. Even if you don't have a plan, the process of writing the thing itself can take you to new places in the story you hadn't expected when planning. Case in point, Twin Reflections was loosely mapped out to end in one direction, but went in a completely different way.

The first draft is the first draft. It's allowed to be completely shoddy as possible, as long as you can go back and clean it up. I mean, it's going to suck. No one's first draft is perfect. If all first drafts were published out of the gate, there would be no such thing as a first draft, because nothing would come after. It'd just be "the draft." Remembering that your first draft is going to suck gives you freedom to do whatever you want in your writing - as long as you go back and edit afterwards.

Another way is to take yourself super seriously, which kind of puts you into this state of mind where you think your work is the best thing ever. Then, after you've completed a first draft, take a break before you start editing and shaping it up. Or try to take yourself a little less seriously and leave little comments and notes along the way in your draft, remembering that you'll have to edit and take those out.

Remember, the goal of a first draft is just to get it done. If you have a plan, that's great! You have a framework to build on when you write. But if you don't write, then you don't have anything. So in the end, I tend to keep in mind that it can be absolutely terrible - as long as it exists.

If you need motivation, check out this blog post: https://elizabookjoseph.wordpress.com...

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Elizabeth R. Joseph I make posts on my social media accounts about my book, especially whenever there's a sale on amazon or something else happening with the book, such…moreI make posts on my social media accounts about my book, especially whenever there's a sale on amazon or something else happening with the book, such as free promotions on KDP select. I also contact book bloggers and reviewers who may be interested in my book and request a review from them.

On Goodreads, I did a giveaway, which got more people to add my book to their to-read lists.

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Hey, guys. It’s been a while, so time for a Srs Blg. 10 important things I learned from self publishing.


1. Take risks. I’ll admit that I am the WORST at doing so, but by putting your work out there, you can better build a network of people who may be interested in reading your future work. It’s also way more likely you’ll be motivated to keep improving and updating (according to SCIENCE!). Pers...

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