There are tons of new writers out there trying to ply their trade the hard way, thinking that maybe, just maybe, that one book they write will “hit it big” and propel them to stardom. This reeks of amateurism of the highest order and does not do justice to the trade of writing.
Listen. It’s nice to have big dreams, hell, I dream a lot too, but there comes a time when you must draw the line between imaginary and reality.
One book seldom-especially in today’s crowded literary market-hits it big. Yep there are those one hit anomaly writers who make it look easy, but that’s like winning the lottery. Don’t pin your hopes on a solitary work. Go out there and craft as many books as you can, without stressing yourself out, and losing the joy that lives within the process of writing.
I’m not saying you should throw common sense to the wind, and churn out a book every month, that would lower the quality of your work. Instead, try a little bit of everything: write novels, novellas, short-stories. See what works and what doesn’t. Remain true to yourself and be realistic. The more books you have out there the better. Remember to keep your eye on the work in front of you, not the big prize. Whatever that means.
So now you’ve got a great game plan: Fight, Fight, Fight, and Write, Write, Write.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.