Are you a writer? Good. Then you’ll want to read this.
Now let me ask you another question: do you write for personal gain? Or for the love of it?
Make sure you think carefully before answering.
The truth is, these days I see writers out there all upset about their sales and trying to write what will “Sell”. Alright, so you want to make money from writing. Nothing wrong with that, but you may be hurting yourself and your writing by adopting this attitude. Why?
In order to be creative, you must be at your best, and trust me, you’re not going give your muse a chance to boost you to a level that will bring out the best in your work if you’re constantly worried about the competition. Instead, you’ll be comparing yourself to other writers 24-7 and setting yourself up for massive creative trauma.
These are the four artistic rules you must follow-especially if you’re a struggling writer.
1) Never check your amazon sales rankings on a regular basis. It puts too much unnecessary pressure on you and that can kill creativity.
2) Never chase the market. Some folks are successful doing this, but avoid it at all costs, last thing you want to do is write a book you think will be “hot” and have it flounder. Write what you know, what the universe meant you to write, and what your muse is guiding you towards.
3) Never bad-mouth other writers. It makes you look weak and unprofessional. Just because another writer sells more than you doesn’t mean his/her books and/or writing is better than yours. Perhaps they’re just better marketers who’ve been at this game longer than you? Or maybe they’ve hit the fickle literary wheel of chance at the right time. So you want to rake in the bucks? Forget what everyone else is doing and focus on yourself and your writing. Take notes on the market but never obsess over it because the way it’s set up to reward undeserving books doesn’t make sense in the first place. Remember, fame and money can come and go, but in the end they’re just ego-boosters.
4) Never ask other successful writers for “help”. Why? It makes you look desperate, and trust me nobody likes a literary leech. Besides, do you think someone you barely know is going to help you? They might. But you may end up getting a really bad return for it. Do you really want to put your writing future in someone else’s hands? Guide your own destiny, it’s that simple. Besides, being desperate stains your reputation, and when you’re trying to make a name for yourself this is the last thing you want. In a world of cheats and short-cut takers, take the high road and struggle like a true artists before breaking out. It’s the knocks you accumulate along the way that build you up into something greater than you once were. Suck it up and prepare yourself for the long haul.
So there you have it. Always enjoy what you write, and never turn it into a race against others in the business. If you must compete with someone, compete with yourself by always striving to improve your craft, that’s one race you’ll never lose.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.