August #AuthorTip: Do It For Love

Continuing this post series with probably the most important tip I’ll ever give anyone:

Do it for love.

Writing is a passion. It comes from your heart, infects your soul, and takes over your entire life. You have to love it, otherwise it’ll destroy you. Think of how much time and effort it takes to write the book. That’s only the beginning. There is so much more to it than that. You’re constantly bombarded with countless demands from every corner. People telling you what to write, how to write, where to publish, how to publish… Even the most well-meaning piece of advice can sometimes feel like a warning you should heed, or else.

It’s difficult to balance the create side of writing with the business side of publishing. You want your book to do well, so you feel it necessary to play to the audience in big ways or small. Sometimes that can go too far and you lose sight of what made you fall in love with books in the first place.

So my tip is this:

Forget about all the creative writing courses you’ve taken, and the writing advice you got from Big Names and small, and your mother’s dismissive comments about “people don’t want to read stuff like that.” Push all that aside, and just think about your story. Imagine it playing out in your mind. Meet the characters, walk with them along their journey, connect with them and let them tell you their story, and write it down exactly like that. Write from the heart. Write the story that makes your soul sing, the one you can’t wait to hold in your hands so you can read it. That’s what makes this whole thing worth while

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