I just finished Tiffany Haddish's memoir The Last Black Unicorn. In her book, (with the help of a controversial co-author/ghostwriter), Tiffany writes comically about growing up in the foster care system and her journey to becoming a famous comedian.
Setting aside the intentional bad grammar and f-bombs, it was still pretty good.
She told engaging stories as if she were on stage.
In fact, she could have been on stage because instead of reading it, I listened to the audiobook that she read herself.
So, here's thing about this book that I want to share with you as an aspiring author: if Tiffany can write a decent book that reflects how she speaks, imagine writing a book by simply speaking instead of writing?
For those who hate writing and non-writers, one of the secrets to getting your book done is using a voice recorder or dictation app.
While an strong outline and editing is still required, dictation makes the whole writing process of the first draft so much easier.
Writing a good book that people want to read does not have to be hard.
It takes work, but not as much as you think.
For those who want to stick with the old fashion fingers on keyboard/pen to paper, I still recommend some form of dictation. Reading your words out loud as if it were an audiobook or a recording script is a self-editing technique that helps significantly with flow, structure and tone.
I'll be talking more about how to effectively dictate your book more in an upcoming post.
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Alicia N. Ingram is a passionate, hard-nosed book editor, ghostwriter and writing coach who believes well-told stories can transform hearts and minds. This belief fuels her work to help aspiring authors start AND finish the books.