Recently I was asked what I would tell new authors, and if I had to pick one thing I would say: Write you. Just write you!
Honestly, anyone who is jumping into the deep waters of writing will find a plethora of people who are writing. They will discover publishers who want the manuscript to say certain things. A new author can become swallowed up with in the shark frenzy! What if people don't like what I write? Look at all the people writing books! How is it that I am struggling to write, and so many people seem to pump out novel after novel?
I not only write, but work in the motivational field. When I am public speaking or working one on one with someone I tell them two simple things:
1. The world that we have grown accustom to is, many times, a facade of what people want you to believe.
2. No matter how the lives of others may seem, do your life. Be you, but be the best version of you.
I bring this up, because writing is the same. Sure, there are people pumping out novels, but are they quality? Sure, there are all these websites for companies willing to publish your work quickly, but at what cost? The world of being an author can seem like looking at someone's Instagram! You see this life that they appear to be living, and you can quickly become discouraged that you are not living it.
Just as I tell individuals who attend our motivational workshops, or that I work one-on-one with, I would tell new authors: BE YOU! When I began to write I found myself attempting to hold my head up in the the drowning pool of being an author. It wasn't until I realized that I had to be me, and write me. If I did not, I may get books out, but would I be proud of them? Would I be able to love them?
When I began to write MY books and just DO ME an amazing thing happened! I began to love writing! I began to write a log. I understood the law of attraction that the universe is written on! I saw that if I loved my what I wrote, because I was writing me, then I attracted like minded fans to my writing.
If you are writing to make money and get that huge publishing deal then maybe this isn't for you, but then again the universe may decide that if you are focused on writing the way you want, your story, your characters may be the ticket to the big dance. Don't worry about it either way - JUST WRITE YOU!
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