Today, many writers want to write commercial fiction — stories which sell. Some writers make more money in a week from their sales on the Kindle bookstore than other writers make in a year.
There’s real gold in commercial fiction. However, there are challenges.
Your biggest challenge is realizing that readers read for one thing: entertainment. They want to live your story, and feel the emotions.
The most common advice given to new novelists and short story writers is: write what you LOVE to read. It’s the best advice, because if you don’t feel what you’re writing, readers won’t feel it either and your books will fail. You truly can’t fake emotion.
If you’re a nonfiction writer, you’ll need to change your mindset from one of logic and facts to focusing on story. What makes great stories? What are readers of the various genres (mystery, romance, science fiction, New Adult, etc.) looking for?
Some of my writing students think they can’t make the switch to writing fiction, but they want to. Let’s look at why you might want to write commercial fiction.
Why write commercial fiction?
The first reason of course is money. There’s much more money in entertainment than there is in other forms of writing. (Except for copywriting.)
That said, if you focus solely on the money, you will FAIL. You need to love reading fiction, and you need to feel that writing in a genre isn’t beyond you. When you read a novel, or a story, and think to yourself: “I could write that”, you’re right. You could.
Other reasons to write commercial fiction:
- You’re writing short stories and novels which will sell for many years. (Jane Austen’s been selling for 200 years.) Most authors who make money writing fiction never have a bestseller. They’re happy with consistent sales. Each book you write brings in an income;
- You’re diversifying. Freelance writing can be precarious. If your best client goes broke, it affects your income. You need to hustle to replace him. Having a side income offers security;
- You can write fiction anywhere — if you have day job, write in the mornings, or late at night. Or in your lunch hour;
- Your fiction skills translate to other writing. I started my professional writing career writing romance novels. I knew all about emotion, so copywriting came very easily to me.
Discover the “Hot Plots” plotting and writing process
Fiction is stories. Everyone loves stories. Readers read stories for escape, to learn more about other people, and to feel specific emotions.
Stories have a shape. Over the years, you’ve been exposed to stories not only in your reading, but also on TV and at the movies. You know stories.
This means that it’s (relatively) easy for you to write them, as long as you don’t get tangled up in your words, and lose the plot. (Pun intended.)
I created the Hot Plots process for my students. I wanted a process that was easy, simple for new writers to use, as well as for more experienced writers. And fast. It had to be fast… I heard “I can’t write this…” one time too often, and boiled story creation and plotting down to five elements.
When you’re writing short stories you’ll only use four of those elements. Your plots grow organically, and the process begins when you create a genre character, in just a minute. Yep, one minute. It’s fast. 🙂
Enjoy. My sincere hope is that even if you think that you can’t write commercial fiction (“I don’t have any imagination” or similar) Hot Plots will show you that you can, and that it’s the most fun you’ve ever had.
Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)
The big secret of making money from your fiction is writing a lot. And publishing strategically and consistently. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program ensures that authors can make money from short stories, and all kinds of fiction. Moreover, whatever you’re publishing, you have a global audience.
You’re about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you’re writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily. Discover Hot Plots.
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