Listen to your inner voice, even if she quotes Gandhi
In the pursuit to be published, writers will hear many conflicting messages –
Don’t try to write to the market. If vampires are hot today, by the time you finish your book, the vampire market will be saturated and editors will only be buying ghosts.
So you would be wise just to write the “book of your heart”.
Editors will ask for major storyline and character changes.
You must be willing to “kill your baby” or you will never get published.
The most important thing is to write a great book.
At the end of the day, focus all your energies on producing the best book possible.
To be successful, you must build a readership. Thus, you must write many novels, quickly to keep readers interested in you and the books must be in the same genre.
You must find your unique writing voice.
You must follow the writing rules. You’re not Nora Roberts.
These conflicting messages were enough to immobilize this nervous writer who is afraid of change, afraid to make the wrong decision and ruin my writing career before it has even begun.
But ready or not, 2013 has shoved major changes into my life: a new day job in a new work industry, a new writing project and this new blog. So I am shifting my attitude about change.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
What conflicting messages do you deal with and do you have a quote from a wise sage to lift your spirits?