Trying to figure out the iTunes submission process, keeping each chapter submission consistent, and editing and dealing with hearing your own voice narrating the words that you have written is humbling.
However, it is through finishing a project that we are able to move on to the next one.
Before you finish that first novel you have no idea the feeling of accomplishment that you'll feel once it is done. Then you can write another and one more after that and fourth and so on.
Brick gets stacked on brick. Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs. Paragraphs become chapters and chapters become a novel.
Podcasting should be the first step after a first novel is finished and here's 3 reasons why:
1. It's been said, "Written dialogue should be read aloud." So why not the whole story?
2. Podcasting your novel creates another product out of your work. It also brings a whole new audience to your work.
3. It makes you a better writer. Reviewing your work. Narrating your words. Hearing your sentences places you in the seat of your audience and makes you feel what they feel. Hear what they hear. And ultimately, read what they read.
It's when I understand where my audience is coming from that I can write to them. My characters will not only speak to where I am coming from, but the story will speak to a universal experience that we all share.
Keep learning who your speaking to. Keep writing in your authentic voice. And give podcasting a try.