Of Writers and Prose: Things writers are doing RIGHT!
May 16, 2016 2 Comments
I don’t know what it is lately, but there seems to be a rash of articles all depicting everything we writers are doing wrong. We’re publishing wrong, marketing wrong; we’re wrong if we’re only on amazon and wrong if we aren’t. We’re wrong if we haven’t signed up to the latest social media fad, and wrong if we do. Personally, I’m sick of other people telling me what’s wrong with my writing career. Guess what, NOTHING IS WRONG WITH IT!
Everyone’s career is different, and we all have different goals and different ideas as to what is ‘successful’, so here’s my list of things writers are doing RIGHT.
- Writers are writing: I don’t believe in the adage ‘Writers write every day.’ To me that’s bullshit. Sometimes we just can’t, but there’s a big difference between those who do and those who talk. I’ve yet to come across someone who only talks about writing, but considering how many books were published last year via all routes (something around 600,000), there are a lot of people walking the walk. Good for them.
- Writers are bringing variety to storytelling: Last week as member in a writing group I’m in asked if werewolves were ‘overdone’. While the response was varied, I said no. NOTHING is overdone. There is an audience for just about every genre and sub-genre of book you can think of. Vampires and the like will ALWAYS have an audience, no matter what anyone says. There are people who will read any and all vampire love stories, or werewolf stories. You get the point. Write the story YOU want to write. I guarantee there’s an audience for it.
- Writers are doing social media right. While there are still a few out there who insist that spamming every single person they come across with their book link really works, but we know better. Writers are engaging more, talking more, sharing more, and that’s never wrong.
- Writers are taking control of their careers: This is a big one, and one I’m seeing more of. There used to be only one path to publishing a book, and that was through an agent, but with the self-publishing revolution that’s all changed. Authors who were dropped by their publisher are finding new life doing it on their own, and they couldn’t be happier.
- Writers are standing up for other writers: By now everyone has heard about the author who got slammed by a reader for not putting all her books for free? Yeah, I’m not going to get into it anymore because the reader was just wrong. What happened afterward, the coming together of writers supporting this author was incredible. Nice to see the community being supportive instead of tearing other writers apart for their success.
I’m pretty sure there are more, but this is a good start. Good work, people! Keep it up!