This week, we’ve been focusing on writing fiction. In 2013, writing fiction is a brilliant opportunity for any freelance writer.
Although I don’t promote it (I have too many clients already), I ghostwrite fiction for clients.
Once you’ve got the hang of writing short stories and novels, you can ghostwrite fiction for others too. I’ve been turning away clients; there’s a heavy demand.
(Before I forget — I’m taking the “Write More” class offline, so if you want to take it, you have just this weekend. It’s the full class, with coaching, and is perfect if you decide to start offering a fiction ghostwriting service.)
Turn Your Imagination Into Dollars
Your fiction relies on your imagination, rather than research. However, you need to do a little research. A couple of writers asked me about this. Be careful. It’s necessary, however, do it after you’ve written your first draft. (There’s a link to the article below, if you missed it.)
If you research before you write, or while you’re writing your first draft, you may never complete your book. I’ve learned this through bitter experience. I could give you a dozen instances of times I kidded myself that I was researching. I was procrastinating. For whatever reason, that particular book intimidated me so much that I though I needed to know everything about the topic.
And here’s a tip my students find works brilliantly. In this article, Ebook Writing and Selling Strategy: What Did Your Readers Love? I suggested this. No matter how many, or how few, readers you have, they’re an amazing resource, because they’ll help you to write your next book, and the one after that.
When you’re writing fiction, your readers matter more than anything else. Focus on your readers, rather than obsessing about how many copies of your books you’ve sold. As your readership builds, you’ll sell more copies of everything you write. Kindle ebooks stay online. There’s no rush to make sales, as there is in a bookstore, where your books are removed if they’re not selling consistently in three months.
Fiction Week posts you may have missed
A couple of new short story writers have asked me about research. Do you research fiction? How much? What if you want to write about something you know nothing about?
What kind of short story should you write? Basically, it’s up to you.
You can write a short story in a couple of hours. Write three or four more stories, package them up, and sell them on Amazon… One writer I know is making five figures every month, selling short fiction.