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5 Things You Can Get Away With (As a New Author)

Hello!  If you’re a new/indie author, like me, you probably know that there’s a lot of uphill battles for us.  Advertising our own work, juggling writing and life, and dipping our toes in queries are just a few of the things we deal with.

But there’s also some cool stuff that we, as new writers, can get away with 😉

Because you are a new writer and you self-publish, you get to enjoy…

1. Learning From Mistakes

correcting-1870721_1920.jpgLet’s face it: being a self-published author means we do a lot of things on our own, not just writing.  We don’t have a team of editors, book cover artists, or marketing teams behind us.

We experiment, tweak, and learn our craft by doing.

And that is a ton of work, but also a ton of fun 😁 And because you’re not selling hundreds of copies right away, you have room to update drafts (especially ebooks) with reader feedback.

2. Experimenting With Genres

Stephen King is a horror writer, and if he pivots into romance (can you imagine??) he’d need a pseudonym.  Case in point: JK Rowling (Robert Galbraith).  Also see: Nora Roberts (JD Robb).

As a new writer, you can explore genres without gathering pen name after pen name.

You aren’t yet known for a certain type of literature or genre, so you can relax while you dip your pen in a buffet of genres.  You can experiment to see where you are most comfortable writing.

3. Writing Whenev’

writing-923882_1920If you are self-published, like me, you have no contract.  You are under no obligation to finish X amount of books in X amount of time while doing X amount of book signings.

You’re not expected to publish every 6 or 12 months, so you have room for “life to happen.”

Though we should keep a consistent writing schedule, being new at all this means that you can prioritize college or other obligations without major repercussions.  And if an emergency comes up, you can calmly set the writing aside if you need to.

4. Trying Out Different Voices

The journey to finding your own unique style is a special one.  I have personally tried detached 3rd person and a very intimate 1st person point of view.  I’ve tried squeaky-clean fiction and gritty crime fiction.  I’ve been poetic and I’ve been concise.

Finding your true voice is like finding your true self~ and that is a wonderful process.

Finding your voice as a writer is like trying out different costumes and exploring.  The process can be nerve-wracking, but it can also feel like a coming of age.  It’s quite a bittersweet time, and one that I’m sure you’ll look back on with nostalgia 😊💕

5. Enjoying Creative Freedom

girl-2940655_1920If you’re self-published and you’re not under a contract, there’s no one telling you what you can and cannot do.  And that’s how new, creative, and daring ideas are born.

You can color as far outside the lines as you want, baby.

As a new writer, you are a clean slate, and there’s no expectations thrust upon you.  You can come right out of the gate and be your own creative self through your story telling!  How awesome is that?

What do you enjoy most about being a new writer?

My favorite part is not having a label yet 😁 What’s yours?  Lmk in the comments.

Write on,

YariGarciaWrites

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8 thoughts on “5 Things You Can Get Away With (As a New Author)

    1. Yes! I also love that I don’t have to rush my writing. I have a schedule, but it is flexible.

      And I am very happy to hear that! 😊 I hope it continues to help you in the future. Thanks for reading!

      Yari

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  1. I love the freedom to create! I often chat with young writers about books (as in young teen/preteen writers) since my books are geared to that age. They’ll ask me things like, “Can we do this or that?” I tell them, “It’s your book! You can do what you want!”
    But then, ahem, I point out a few things to avoid or a few things to help make their writing better. 🙂

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    1. It’s good to hear you are encouraging them! Creative risks give us wonderfully unique books like The Martian (Weir) and Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury) and American Gods (Gaiman) and House of Leaves (Danielewski)! And tons more 😊

      Thanks for reading, my friend 😊
      Take care,
      Yari

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  2. Being a new self-published author it was reassuring how many of your own thoughts and experiences mirrored my own. I love how concise and accessible your writing is. It was as though my current situation was being laid right out in front of me. Your thoughts, on finding voice and style, particularly resonated because I had a similar journey when I began to play jazz on the saxophone! There’s probably some transferable learning there I ought to be drawing on. I might even blog about it once I’ve had time to reflect. Thank you!

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