The Struggles of a Writer

I’ve been writing for about five years now. It wasn’t until 2018 that my books began to sell. That’s probably typical for most indie authors unless they just really lucked out with a super hit right off the bat. And when I say luck I in no way mean luck in their writing skills, just luck because there are a zillion books vying for attention on Amazon and other markets. One of the reasons I feel we’ve entered into a dark place regarding legitimate writing is because of social media. Authors are always reading what other authors are doing and the competition wheel begins to turn. I wondered how in the world so many could write so many books so fast, one after the other when I was struggling with just one. Maybe I wasn’t talented enough? Maybe I didn’t have the creative spark that they did? But then I started reading some of these books they were spitting out left and right and I soon discovered some very boring books, little character development, and just a lot of blah, blah, blah. Now, don’t think for a second I feel my books are stellar works of fiction. Nope. Not for a second. I’m continually honing my craft so that I can produce a good quality book. And in my journey to become a better writer and work the way I do best, I’m going to stay off social media and stop worrying about what others are doing. To make it in this business you must take the knocks along with the high-fives. Otherwise, you haven’t paid your dues.

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