It has been almost a year since my last post. I started a new job, got stuck on a new horror novel, and was at the proverbial fork in the road in regards to indie publishing. Writing has been such a blessing and learning process. I am a better writer today than I was when I started. However, there is much to still learn.
Recently I read Rayne Hall’s book “Why Does My Book Not Sell?” on my Kindle. I learned much through her honesty and sincerity. One mistake I learned from was to not be strapped to one seller, like Amazon. My first book sold pretty well and I was in the top twenty in the mystery category, but that did not last long. My second book barely reached the top 100 in the same category. It was a great learning lesson. The more platforms you have, the more the book will sell.
I tried or rather am attempting to write a Horror novel. I would classify the book as Classic/Fantasy Horror, if that is even a category. The problem I have run into writing this book is the backstory (I forgot to create). I did not plan the novel, like I should have and have gotten stuck on numerous occasions. When I get stuck, I stop writing. Some reflection is good, however, it would typically be weeks or months before I would revisit the project. Why? I got out of my routine. The routine is more essential than I first understood.
I have come full circle on the whole writing process. When I started I really wanted to be the next somebody. However, I have learned you have to be you and develop whatever style that is in you. Also I should be writing for me. I need to tell the stories that I would like to read. In doing this, I will find my audience. I will never be like a John Locke or Lee Child, but I can be me. Therefore, writing can become fun again.