Writing is a great attraction as a way of making a living or a side hustle. Millions try a hand at it and millions equally abandon this dream every year. New writers will not lack for advice on writing. But those who do not differentiate between what works and what doesn’t soon find that writing is not what they expected. At this point you can decide to do things your own way, or keep working with old advice and getting nowhere. What are some of these traditional pieces of advice to ignore?
Start with an easy genre
Fiction especially romance and action fiction are considered easy genres because they have wide readership. But heeding this advice and starting on a genre that does not interest you is likely to produce a half-hearted book. Remember that there are thousands of other writers who are trying their hands at these easy genres as well, so a half-hearted attempt does not get you anywhere. Stick to the genre that interests you. If horror interests you, the passion and ingenuity of the work will win you an audience.
Write for the trend
There are always trending topics in the world which capture the imagination of many. This week it is the royal wedding, the next it is Crypto currency, Donald Trump, the World Cup and so on. The truth is that if your book coincided with a trending topic, there is a chance it will rouse the interest of a wide audience. The reality is that unless you can write a book in 2-3 weeks when a topic is hot, you will most likely miss out. Pick on a subject, research well and you will definitely grow and audience from people interested in that subject.
Don’t do short stories
There was a time in the recent past when short stories were looked down on with scorn, not anymore. The new reader is spoilt for choice. The age of the eBook and smartphone reading demands that stories be kept short and sweet. Your book will have to compete for attention with smile inducing memes from Integra. You have to capture attention fast, maintain the momentum and tell your story in a short time. That is the reality of writing for the new millennial reader.
All it takes is one book to make it
There is nothing further from the truth than this. Today’s reader wants more and more. If you put out one great book, you have to keep feeding your audience with such or better work. Failure will see a lot of trolling and hating on your Facebook. Again, this is the reality of modern writing.
It is true that listening to older hands in the business can provide helpful insights, but today’s writer has to largely depend on an instinctive reading of an audience whose attention span is increasingly shorter.
What advice do you not listen to?