Don’t Sell Yourself Short

“I haven’t been inspired in what feels like forever.” “I can’t find a writing style that works for me.” “My writing sucks, and I should just give up.” “Nobody is going to care about my book. It’s not going to win any awards or be a best seller.”

I’ve heard these and more a lot lately, and when I hear it I think back to when I was just like that. I thought that no matter how much I wrote, I’d get nowhere. I’ve gotten nowhere so far in the terms of publication, but I do have a small following.

Now I’m not going to go into some huge rant about how you’re an amazing writer and that you should keep on trying because the world needs more people like you. I was told that, and even to this day, I say it’s a load of crap. The world doesn’t need more people like you. The only people who are going to care about what you do are readers and writers. Fewer and fewer people are reading books these days. Why? Because of people like you.

Is it your fault? No. The work was done long before. What can you do? Freaking write already. I want to see more great books out there. I want to see more genres getting attention. Yes. In today’s world, there’s a severe lack of literary diversity. Don’t believe me. What are the most popular books out there? What books do you hear about all the time? Well I can think of fantasy and romance. Now, there are a few good YA authors out there that are getting attention, but the world needs more.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s something along the lines of, “But, Jeremy, I know about a lot of great authors who aren’t focused on fantasy, romance, or young adult stories.” Yes, but who else knows about them? This isn’t about getting more readers to read more books. They’ll read as they wish, and when they find good books, they’ll tell their fellow readers about the great books that they have found. What I’m talking about are those who don’t read.

People don’t care about the other genres, because they don’t know it even exists. They don’t know about the great books that haven’t been read. If you think that people won’t care about your stories, then go out to people you know what care about books, and see why they don’t care about them. Work what you’ve learned into your stories, and just look at how that ends up.

The next topic is inspiration, and it’s a pain in the butt. I know how much inspiration sucks. My biggest claim on that is, I don’t use inspiration to write. I think up an idea I want to write on and just go with it. I force things out. I make it into the biggest pile of crap out there. Don’t believe me, I’ll send you my NaNoWriMo story as proof. I plan on rewriting it as soon as I can bear to look at it again. I love the story. Don’t get me wrong. I love my story and many fantasy/young adult readers will most likely enjoy it as well. It’s a fresh idea on fantasy and young adult literature, but that’s not what I’m talking about right now.

Inspiration is needed to a writer is one of the biggest misunderstandings I’ve ever heard of. Yes, we are inspired to write, but those times are few and far between. Writers can’t depend on inspiration to write. It’s just impossible to finish anything. Don’t wait for these wonderful inspirations to come out. Write about anything and everything you can think of that fits into the story. You can add and take away later, but what you really need to do as writers is just get the story finished. Don’t let your inspirations limit your true potential. You can write wonderful stories without ever relying on inspiration.

As a whole, you all have true potential that is needed in this world. Don’t sell yourself short when you have what it takes to be one of the best writers out there.

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