New Stories And Uncertainty

I’m currently working on a new novel, or at least, what I hope will become one. I have to be honest though and say that I’m not feeling as confident about this book as my other two. I keep wondering if what I have planned is enough to be made into a successful story. Is the plot good enough? Is the story idea fresh enough? Is it something readers would really want to sink their teeth into? So many questions are swirling around in my mind.

A part of me really likes the story idea and I feel that if I can write it well enough, then it’ll be successful. However, I do have doubts – I’m not above admitting that.

I don’t think I’m ready to give up on the idea quite yet though. In fact, I still like the idea quite a bit. I just need to really start diving into the story, after all I don’t have that much written yet. Also, there’s nothing wrong with me asking those I trust for their opinions, which I plan on doing.

I’m writing this post to tell you that it’s okay not to be 100% confident when writing something new – it doesn’t make you a bad writer or mean that your story isn’t up to snuff. All it means is that you’re human and that writing something good means so much to you, that you want to do a good job. While doubting in your abilities to write something extraordinary is never a good thing, caring that your work will turn out how you want it, is. As writers, we should want our writing to be something we’re proud of.

Remember that you are a talented writer. Look at your previous work and remind yourself that the wonderful words that you see came from your creativity. Trust your instincts and have faith in your abilities. Don’t give up on your story right away if you have some doubts, work with it for a while. If you still don’t like it, then you can work on something else, but don’t let temporary uncertainty make you question your talent as a writer.

An Author’s Tools – Balance & Patience

Writing your book isn’t always easy. Many times it’s difficult and time consuming. However, I think that any writer who has finished working on their writing can admit that it’s worth the effort.

Something else that’s worth the effort is advertising your written work once it’s published. This is something else that’s difficult and really, is a never ending commitment. Let’s face it – every single author wants to sell as many of their books as possible. It’s not just about earning money as a writer, but it’s about having others appreciate our work and add it to their literary collection. I think we can all agree as writers that having someone purchase your book is a fabulous feeling.

As writers and authors, it only makes sense that we want people to purchase our books. It only makes sense that we get excited after we hit that publish button or when our books come out in stores. We start wondering when we’ll get our first copy sold, our first review written, etc. This is only natural and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

However, at the same time, sometimes excitement can lead to anxiety. We become worried that our books won’t sell, that our ratings and reviews won’t be as good as we’d like, and that maybe – we’re not as talented as we thought. These are also normal feelings. What’s not normal or good, is when you allow these thoughts to overtake your life.

Writing (whether you’re making money from it or not) should be fun. Above all else, writing should be something one enjoys doing. If you start obsessing about how many books you’ve sold or whether or not your work is appreciated, remember the main reason for writing.

I’ll admit, I can get a little impatient when it comes to selling my books. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy selling my books as a self-published author (most promotion is self-promotion which isn’t an easy thing to get done), but I also expected to have more sales by now. This has led me to feel a bit anxious about whether or not I’ll sell more copies and when it will occur. I’m appreciative for every sale and review I’ve gotten so far, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish I had more. I don’t think this is totally greedy, but rather normal when it comes to wanting others to own your work. After all, part of the reason that authors write is to share their work with others.

Still, I realize that something I can get a bit too stressed out and too impatient. Part of the process of being an author (in addition to writing and publishing), is self-promoting and being patient with the results. Not everyone is going to rush out and immediately purchase your books. It takes time to make money. Also we have to remember as self-published authors that every author has to start out somewhere. Before Stephen King was the King of Horror, he was just a first time writer like all of us.

When it comes to looking forward to sales, remember that it is perfectly normal to want as many people as possible to purchase and enjoy your work. However, we also have to understand that things take time and sometimes things don’t work out quite how we expected. Don’t let yourself start to obsess about things that you can’t control. When someone decides they want to purchase, read, or review your book – they will. I know that waiting is hard, but it’s something that we all must learn to do.

P.S. If you’re having trouble selling your work, don’t lose hope. Keep trying the best you can to promote your work while still enjoying the fact that you’re a writer and a published author!