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
Let’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’
If 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
If 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.
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