Want to write Kindle ebooks? Many writers do, and they ask me whether their ebooks will sell.
The answer: I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. Bluntly: most ebooks don’t sell. There are many reasons, the primary one being that no one wants these books. (Yes, I know, a blinding flash of the obvious. ;-))
On the other hand, many, many ebooks which you’d think would never sell… do. In fiction, tastes vary. You couldn’t pay me to read a vampire novel, yet these novels are hot sellers.
To repeat, no one knows what will sell. Who knew that monster porn would make writers rich… until Amazon cracked down on these short stories? Writers wrote these short stories, their way. I salute their creativity… Who knew that there was a market for this kind of thing?
Write what YOU want to write: it may sell
Since no one knows what will sell, NOW is the time to let yourself go. Write whatever you want to write. It will sell, or not. You may start the next hot new trend.
Be brave, and determined. When I coach novelists, their biggest challenge is always trusting their own inspirations. This is natural. If you write what you want to write, it’s EASY. Writing books is supposed to be HARD, right?
I fell into the “it’s HARD!” trap too. I began my writing career as a romance novelist. In those long-ago days, I had a green IBM typewriter. It was huge; a solid office machine, with cute little golfball typefaces.
I pasted an image of a mountain above my desk, and imagined myself climbing that mountain every day. It might well have been the worst image I could planted in my mind; I was an idiot. Why oh why did I plant an image of striving?
These days, I’d hang an image of a hot air balloon, or clouds, or a bubbling stream… or a beach… You get the idea, an image of relaxation and ease, rather than stress. Here’s a guide to success: often, if the writing is easy for you, you’re writing what you’re supposed to write.
I had a lot of trouble with that novel; how could I not, when I imagined myself struggling and striving? I’m more canny than that now. Please learn from my mistakes; imagine yourself relaxed, and at ease when you’re writing your novel.
However, that first published novel did teach me something — it taught me that every novel is different. It also taught me that as long as you write every day, and don’t think about it too much, you’ll be fine. The novel will be written, your way, and you’ll be amazed at what you achieved.
That first published novel was a struggle, the next novel in the series was much easier — I removed the image of the mountain… 🙂
Writing your novel your way
There are as many different ways to write a novel as there are writers:
* Just start writing, and keep writing (the “pantser” method);
* Plot your novel before you start writing;
* Write individual scenes, then link them together;
* Journal, until your journal gives you scenes for your novel;
* Choose an image, write a scene…
I could go on. Here’s the point: your novel already exists. You just haven’t written it yet. How you write it is up to you.
One of my friends outlines her novels on sticky notes. No joke. Her office wall, and the hallways in her house, are a mass of sticky notes. It works for her. It would drive me insane. I like to corral my ideas, rather than scattering them throughout the house.
Tip: whatever way you write your novel is the right way, for you. It may change with your next novel. It doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you’re comfortable (no mountains) and that you keep writing.
If you get stuck, change your method, and keep going. FINISH your novel. Then write another one.
Write daily. This post says that you can write three novels a year, writing just an hour a day, How to Write Three Novels a Year in Your Spare Time | Allwritepublishing.com Blog:
“Can you write three novels a year, say an average of 80K words each? Of course, you can.
Commit to spending one hour a day, every day, to writing your novel. If you are slightly better than I am (which wouldn’t be hard, really, as my typing sucks), you could average 800 words per hour. Multiply that by 300 days. Presto! You have three 80K word novels.”
Sounds good to me. So, relax. You can’t be creative if you’re stressed. Write every day, and write your novels the easy way — your way.
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