Number one rule to writing. Be Honest!
I have heard a lot of talk lately of people quitting indie writing… Holy ever-loving shit! Are you kidding me? Why would you do that? Because you’re not living in a palace cranking out your words to your adoring fans?
We have become a bunch of cry babies. Less than a decade ago Independent publishing was one expensive, two very hard to sell a book, or make a book. And three, and kind of embarrassing. They called it vanity publishing.
We are spoiled. We have the technology to make paperbacks cheap, make digital copies, and distribute them to the fricken world! And we whine.
The title of this blog is Write Honest so that is what I am going to do. The reason why some people are quitting indie publishing isn’t because they aren’t making any money. The reason is they never liked writing in the first place! To be an author you have to like writing!!!!! DUH!!!!
In the event that I’m wrong about this, I’ll say this. If you are not going anywhere with your books, and you’re thinking about quitting then you have fallen into the trap of expecting something. I am going to give you a cold hard fact. Nobody wants to read your book. It is your responsibility to make them want to read it. You need to find your joy in writing once again. You know. Like years ago when you would buy that 89 cent spiral notebook at the store, take it home and put all of your deepest thoughts in it. You took joy in that. Even if no one was going to read it, much less pay for it!
We are the thieves of thought, and the scribes of the sub-conscious!
Write crazy shit that will make people raise their eyebrows and say that chick is off her rocker… Write something that makes you think. Write honest. Not for reviews, or money, or your family, or your editor, or because of some genre trend. Write because you love it! Write because you want to! If you don’t like writing then don’t do it!!!! If you think it is an easy and quick way to make money, maybe you should try your hand in insurance, or flipping houses. Be honest with yourself.