If horror isn’t your thing then don’t fret, because I’m planning another ebook of milder, more contemplative tales for the spring. In fact, I’m planning a lot of writing projects right now, and am taking a “writing hiatus” in October to prepare to write my next scifi tale in November for National Novel Writing Month.
Sales or not, I’m definitely a writer. My muse is so active that I have enough lined up to keep publishing through 2018 or 2019 at least, and who knows what other ideas will come to life between now and then. I guess that’s a sign to keep on keeping on. Promotion is a tricky thing, because you never know what’s reaching actual readers, and what’s screaming into the wind. There are so many books out there that it’s hard to connect, and to convince readers how yours is different. The pros and pundits make it seem so simple: write well and be unique, and all will be well with the world! But they also work on the assumption that you have “connections” somewhere that you can pull to get readers. Peek into a “how to get published book” and I guarantee that 100% of them tell you to leverage your day job for sales, but most of us can’t do that without getting sued. They also assume that you have advanced education or what I refer to as the “alphabet stew” of credential letters behind your name that you can use as a selling point to prove that you’re a pro.
The reality is that most writers are like me: they write fiction and have day jobs where they aren’t allowed to solicit for readers or to write anything that could possibly be perceived as relating to their day to day life due to conflict of interest issues, so they dive into a big world and hope to get somebody, somewhere to listen. Masking how reality inspires our fiction makes better writers of us, but getting readers to see through those layers and apply it to their own challenges is a whole other issue where we fail more often than succeed. It isn’t easy, but we persevere because we love writing, and have a desire to share our stories with the world.
The truth is that we all face challenges. Writers may feel unique, but they aren’t really that different from everybody else who struggles with time issues, work issues, family issues, money issues, health issues, etc. We all have some kind of challenge we’re facing – in fact, we’re usually facing multiple challenges at once! That’s the nature of life in this world. You stand and persevere, or let it pull you under. But either way, you keep on living. Whether you do it pursuing joy or drowned in despair is up to you.
I choose to persevere. Why not? You can’t win if you quit, and if the ideas are still coming, then this journey is obviously still in progress.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.