I don’t often struggle to find something to write about when it comes to blog posts. A few minutes of thought usually brings a topic to mind and then I’m off and writing.
This week is different. I’ve thought for a few days about what I might say in this post and while quite a few ideas came to mind, none of them fired any real interest in me. Sure I could have written about them anyway, but that’s not why I write. If there’s no spark of real interest then I don’t write about it.
I firmly believe that if I’m a bit ho-hum about what I write, then that will reflect in the writing. If I can’t feel it, then how can I write it? I can only guess that most of you are nodding in agreement. Humans are generally emotive creatures, so why would someone do something like write a full-length novel if the subject matter doesn’t fire enthusiasm? For the money. There are authors who will study what’s hot in the best selling genres and write to suit. They may be quite successful—I don’t know. Quite frankly, I don’t care either.
I started writing because a story burned and burned in me, and I kept adding to it so that it grew too large to contain. And I kept writing and adding to it because the passion, the fire I feel for the stories and the characters continues to burn in my soul. Beth and Warren, Nell and James, Sam and Heather, Aden and Sarah, Andrew and Tait, Nick, Agent Burns, Ryan, Tom, and others that are waiting for their stories to be told—these people, these characters, live in my imagination and feed it with their stories. It’s a blessing I never cease to be thankful for. It’s my passion.
Why would I ignore them and write how others think I should?
I made a decision fairly early on in my writing that I would not care about the number of books I sold, or gathering reviews, or marketing the heck out of my stories—I would write what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted. I would choose what I wanted on the covers of my books, regardless of what experts might say, and I would be true to my passion.
I have occasionally stopped and wondered how different things might be if I had listened to all of the advice, followed the thousands of other indie authors with pushing their books, writing the way others thing I should, and the kinds of things others think I should (Write hot sex scenes? Not happening). Okay, I may have made more money, but would I have felt the same satisfaction and joy I do having done things my way? I doubt it. Actually, no, I wouldn’t. I would be miserable, and the characters I love would have been forced into a mould that doesn’t suit them.
I take my hat off to the many writers who have been able to write as they wish and be successful (as defined in the publishing world). Good on them, and I hope they continue to succeed! But I promise you one thing. What you get from me will be honest, and written with passion and joy.
And I hope you will also find your passion if you haven’t already. Make the most of it, be true to it, and enjoy!
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