I was holding a nice in-depth conversation with a great friend of mine, Cat. We were discussing our individual writing processes, what programs worked for us and didn’t, and advice we’d received over the years that may or may not have been helpful.
Now, I’ve come to the decision that advice is more like opinions. Everyone has some. The point is to not taking all of it literally. Most it while well meant generally does not work for you. You need to comb through it like all these and find those grains that do work for you.
Every author out there has their own lists of dos and don’ts. Things that work for them, things that don’t and most of them are willing to tell you all about it. I have even heard advice that said if you write like this then you are wrong. If you write in this genre then you will go nowhere. If you don’t plot or pants…you get the point.
The fact of the matter is we have one of the greatest professions out there. There aren’t hard fast rules that have to be adhered to. Contrary to what most of the industry would have you believe. I know I’m sort of an outcast in this thought. The thing is there are suggestions. Things that could possibly be wise to follow, but they aren’t rules. You don’t have to follow them.
If you think you have a muse, and they talk to you telling you the stories. Fantastic! You follow that. Write your stories. Do Not let anyone tell you any differently.
If jumping around and writing whatever scene you want at the time works for you. Write away! Reach for that dream. Ignore those that say that is the wrong way to write.
If writing about a dystopian world is your thing. By all means write the book! Write the book that you want to read. Forget what others say.
You hear all the time about bandwagon jumpers, those trying to ride the coattails of whatever is big at the time. That doesn’t matter. If that is what you want to read, put your book out there. It probably won’t get the recognition you think it should, but do it anyway. The thing about genre’s that boom, and so-called dead genres are that once a novel or series hits really huge within that genre you will find that most of the time the buyers in that particular area will die down as well. I call it the book buying high, much like the sugar high. Once you hit that peak it all crashes. It doesn’t make a genre dead, but rather dormant. It has to rebuild once again until another reader finds a book that they absolutely love, and shares it.
It will happen, and it will happen in all sorts of areas of reading as well. So don’t let it all deter you from writing something that you want to. Sure there are floods of books on various things, Zombies, Vampires, Shifters, Angels, Demons….none of that matters. If it is something that you want to read, write it.
That is the glory of the day and age we live in. You never know if your book will become the next big rush.
Over the course of my five years of writing, publishing, and what not in this industry I have met a lot of failures. I’ve found things that worked for me. Things that didn’t work, and I found a lot of people ready to give you advice. Ones that while they may have had the best of intentions in mind ended up planting a seed of doubt or negativity inside of you. Don’t let it conquer you. Advice like opinions are plentiful, and in the end, you choose the ones that matter to you.
Remember as the years pass and you learn new things. This journey is unique to you. We may be all striving for the same end goal, but we will each carve out our own unique path during the process. Stay true to you. Ignore the haters and well-intentioned advisors.
Find things that work for you. Hone processes that allow you to be productive on your journey. Be You. You are unique. You are special. And nobody can tell a story the same way that you can, or do that thing like you can.
As always, don’t take my word for the one that matters. Search for what works for you.
Remember L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) my friends, or it isn’t worth doing.