In this age of self-publishing, every day tons of new books are published online. Each catering to different reader tastes. It’s enough to make one dizzy.
For the first-time novelist it can be daunting, deciding what to write about. Sure, you want to write what the muse inspires you to write, but your ego will pull you towards writing something that will “sell” and make you “famous.” Two things you should never expect when embarking on a writing career. Face it, very few authors make it big, and if that’s your main reason for writing then I’m afraid you’re in for a shock.
So what should you write about? Easy. What do you like? Do you like Space Operas with talking Robots? Or prefer a clever spy novel with exotic locales. Or maybe you’re a history buff who wants to take your reader on an adventure back in time. The choices are endless.
Stick with a plan, what I mean is focus on getting your best ideas down. And by all means, outline your book before you sit down to write it. Trust me, an outline is a great way to map out your novel. And the best thing about outlining is you can always change things around as the story evolves. Isn’t that great? Of course it is!
But in the end dear writer, your writing must satisfy yourself. Write the type of book you would ultimately want to read yourself. And be proud of it. Whether it hits seven-figure sales numbers or not, it’s a unique creation penned by you, the writer. Besides, isn’t that what the writing journey is all about?
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.