So, lately, I’ve been having a bit of a freak out due to the fact I’ve read many articles saying that the only way to make a career as a self-published author is to write series of books, which I don’t.
Now, I try not to let things like this affect me, and so far I’d done pretty well. I like to forge my own path into this career, and learn as I go. But for some reason this got to me recently, maybe it was just the sheer amount of articles that have been around on the subject.
I panicked a bit and suddenly wondered if my books would fail because they’re stand-alones. Then, I started freaking out they wouldn’t sell at all because people wouldn’t like the stories. Then it just became everything I worried about!
It was a bad time for a little while 😀
And that freaking had a huge affect on my writing. Yesterday I was writing my newest novella, and I just couldn’t do it. The writing felt flat, things weren’t going right and it was just all going wrong. And I thought it was because of the story, but I realised it wasn’t.
I was worrying so much about what might happen in my future career of writing and what I was ‘supposed’ to be doing, that I was struggling with writing in the present!
I write stand-alone books, I like them, so I write them. Yes, I have an idea for a series of books later on, but it’s not what I will concentrate on at the moment. For now, I write what I love and write the stories that I have a passion to get onto paper, and I hope that passion comes through and shows through my work.
Series of books are great, and I enjoy reading them, but that doesn’t mean I have to write them just to make a career in self-publishing. Part of the draw to self-publishing for me was the fact I can control my own future, and produce the stories I love and hope people will want to read.
Worrying about what is the ‘best’ way to get ahead is not helping me now. And I don’t want to turn myself into a statistic. I am an individual writer, and what works for others won’t always work for me.
So, basically, the summary of this is not to worry about what others say you should be doing, but to do what you love and what works for you. Freaking out over it definitely does not help you get ahead! 😀
Have you ever worried over something so much it has affected your writing?
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