Monday, April 2, 2012

Mark Your Own Path

 I've read often how important it is for writers to have a blog. I was glad because I enjoy blogging but recently, I came across an article where a writer said it was a wast of time. I started thinking am I spending too much time on something that'll do nothing to promote my brand and eventually my book?

There are so many books and articles and blogs on how to be successful writers. I automatically assume their rules are law because they're published or work in the industry. The language is like you need to do this to be successful. If you don't follow every one of these rules it's likely you won't get published.

I stopped writing for awhile because the path to getting published was taking all the fun out of working on my novel. The information is useful but in the end, it was slowly freaking me out. It was driving me up a wall especially when one advice contradicted the other. Talk about information overload. So sad since my Masters is in Library and Information Science. I'm trained to make sense out of information but I was drowning in it.

Then, I thought about outlining. No matter how many times I read professionals saying we need to outline our novels, no matter how solid their argument is, I am not going to do it. I tried it, doesn't work for me. No matter how I many times I read advice telling me to write for a market or I won't make money off my book, I'm not going to do it.

While thinking about this post, I gave myself permission to mark my own path. You know what, I feel so much better. I'll do things to get my book published and promote it because I feel I need to do it and not simply because someone said I need to do it.

I mean I've marked my own path in every other aspect of my life, why would getting published be any different? If you think about it, a career as a writer requires quite a lot of bravery and determination. Marking your own path seems small in comparison to years of your book, your baby, being ripped into by strangers. We're trying to get published now when, because of technology, no one really knows what the industry or even the book will look like years from now. All they know is things will be very different. It's frightening when you think about it but despite that, writers are still trying to get published.

At least that's how I see it. ;)