If you have ever talked to me on social media, you know I write novels to you. I don’t type novels to get your attention. That’s just how I talk!
I am a very open person when it comes to texting/direct messages. When I am in person or on the phone, I’m much less talkative. I am actually very quiet and reserved. Even shy to an extent when I’m not putting on a show for someone.
I am a writer at heart. I talk a lot in text, and I’m always writing something. When I was a kid, I wrote horror stories in high school. I sat there in detention—yes I was a problem child—and have a plain paper notebook and write for 8 hours. I would write like 20-30 pages. Some of the notebooks would be full by the end of the day!
I have that natural ability to write from scratch, and it comes naturally. I don’t think about what I’m writing, that can be fixed in post. Grammarly is my best friend at this point! It was worth the $30 I spent on it during the final draft stage. See I’m rambling already. Let’s get substantive for once.
Write for yourself, not other people.
If your own story doesn’t immerse you, you’re doing it wrong.
I know I griped about “writing advice” channels, but this ain’t youtube. When I wrote Second Sight: The Decay I was completely in that world. You can ask my co-author Lotus Token. I would reference characters from the book outside of the writing. I would say “I feel like Rick right now.” That’s how I knew I was doing something right!
I have so many scrapped novels at this point that I have far more than I’ll ever finish. The reason for that is there are some books I don’t get “that connection” with. I am hard to impress or become immersed in a book. Movies, yes. Books, not as much. If I wrote a book just because I thought it would sell it would be garbage. Why? Because I wouldn’t bother finishing it and it would never be published. I have to feel that connection to the characters.
To me, Starr, Rick, Gault, Mori, Jim, Chief Lewis, and all the others are “real” to me. They are based on real people. They are fictional sure. I know there is a real-life counterpart to them that I hope one day I can meet. Except for Gault. The idea of meeting a 7-foot tall black man with a giant hammer isn’t ideal for me!
That’s why I wrote this book. It was something to help me escape a very dark period in my life that I’m still in. I had just moved back to my hometown, I have no money, and I still can’t find a job after making 56k a year for easy work. It was a moment that hurt my ego for sure. So due to the failing of my YouTube show, along with constant drama, I retreated into my default thing. Writing and playing guitar. I can do both of those all day. They both give me that escape from the world feeling. When I pick up an electric guitar and improvise, it takes me to another place away from it all. Same with writing.
When you are writing to sell copies, I doubt you get that. It’ll be a drag because you are more worried about marketability than actually losing yourself in it. Remember this as well. You could write a 1:1 fan fiction of Harry Potter and go the 50 Shades of Grey route and sell a big fat goose egg.
Now, what did that accomplish? Nothing. You got all the frustration of doing marketing, editing, paying all that money out and got a fat goose egg for a piece of shit. Good job! You have become the Nickelback of the writing world except you’re broke now.
I kid, I’m not trying to be a dick but think about that thought process. Writing for other people instead of what you’d like to read is insanity. A novel is 50k words. That’s 250 words per page. 50,000/250 is 200 pages! You wrote 200 pages that took months to churn out shit you didn’t even like!
You would have done yourself better by taking a whole bottle of ex-lax and sitting on the toilet for three days. At least you would weigh less, and pushed out more shit than you did spending four months on a derivative turd you hate!
Write what you want to read. Same goes for YouTube.
Make what you want to make. Make stuff that doesn’t exist that you want to see. A perfect example of this was a show I did called Psycho Circus. It was initially called “Legendary Lolcows.” It was a direct ripoff of Mister Metokur’s Internet Insanity Series. I admit that. I never denied that fact.
People said it was a fresh take though due to our delivery differences and how I’m more of a direct prick. At least my character was one, in real life I’m very reserved and friendly. However, I still love those episodes. I think they are great content that I enjoy watching. So it wasn’t a total loss.
Doesn’t that make you a hypocrite?! You scream at your screen while reading this.
No. It doesn’t. I made those episodes for me because another guy inspired me. I didn’t fanfiction Metokur’s show. I did a show in a similar vein that was inspired. I’m sure if you ever watched any Anti-SJW show that the creator was inspired by another person. Mine was originally Sargon of Akkad.
Inspiration is fine. Direct copies to sell copies and write something you don’t like is not okay. Write what you want to read. Write what makes you happy and what lets you escape from your everyday problems. That’s what it’s for. That’s why people read or watch movies. If you didn’t escape into the world, you wrote then how do you expect anyone else to?