One reason, it takes all the pressure off you.
Although you could rightly argue that not having anyone to means you can switch off your laptop at any point and never return to your work, it can also work to your benefit.
Writing your first book for you means that you don’t have a deadline to bring your finished manuscript in by. You don’t have to worry if anyone likes the ending your wrote. And you’re not trying to please an audience. It’s just for you.
All of these things allow you the freedom to take a story line in any direction you want to, kill off your hero on the last page, or even write for a genre that doesn’t exist yet, it’s just for you.
When you’re further on in your writing career those options become a lot narrower.
- If you want to make a your writing profitable, you’re going to have to include the tropes that your genre requires.
- You’re going to have to think in sequels and prequels, rather than single books to be profitable.
- And your audience is going to expect that next book sometime this year, and not ten years from now.
Writing your first book for yourself though means that you’re not doing it for the money. You’ve got a collections of scenes in your head, the start of a good story line, or a character you want to spend time with. Not only is this fun, which writing isn’t always (sorry to burst your bubble), but it makes it a lot easier to finish.
And when it comes to writing there’s nothing greater than adding the words ‘The End’ to a manuscript.
Not only is it satisfying to do that, but it trains you to complete your work – no matter how terrible it is. – And yes even terrible books should be finished.
Not finishing your work not only sets up for a path of failure, and shows a little disrespect to your subconscious for not following through on the ideas it give you.
That last point may sound a little weird, but look at it this way.
If you went to a friend all the time asking for advice and then not following it, how long would it take for that friend to ignore those requests in the future?
Not too long, methinks. – Same goes for your ‘ole noggin.’
Asking for story line ideas all the time and then not following through on them not only means that you’ll probably get less ideas in future, but you’re not exercising your mind to work a way out of that plot point where your hero is standing on the edge of a cliff and there’s two hundred bad guys riding toward him.
But by stick with your idea all the way through to the end, you’ll not only build that mental muscle, but confidence in yourself for future books.
So before you start thinking of huge book signings, movie deals, or fan boys camped out on your front lawn, just write a book for you.
Because if you can’t write a book for you, you certainly won’t be able to write one for anyone else.
And the way…..it’s going to suck. Be prepared for that too. 🙂
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