Writing your first novel is a dream come true, but there are a few truths that no one ever told you to prepare you for what comes next.
You spent hours pouring over your manuscript and finding just the right words to make it all flow together.
The publish button has been hit and now the money should start rolling in. Right?
In a perfect world, you created in your head maybe, but more often than not, your first novel falls flat.
You set yourself up for disappointment because you did not take these 7 truths to heart.
No One Owes You Anything
Writing a novel does not automatically entitle you to be a bestselling author.
There is a lot more work to be done after the publish button is hit.
You now must market that book and get the general public as excited about it as you are.
Too often, new authors think that just putting their book on Amazon will have money rolling in right away.
The truth is that the work is just beginning. You must earn the trust of your readers to get that money train rolling.
A new author lets this step discourage them to the point that some even quit writing.
Rejection is going to happen sometimes, and it’s best that you prepare yourself.
Instead of investing all your hopes and dreams in your first book, get started with ideas for your next book while you promote the first.
Then when rejection hits, you are well on your way to writing another book, so the fall is not as far.
Rejection Is Necessary
This harsh truth is one that you don’t often hear when listening to other bestselling authors.
They paint a rosy picture of how they sat down one day and came up with a brilliant idea that then sold millions of copies.
The truth is that every author faces rejection before they become popular.
Rejection is the only way you can learn to improve and grow with your writing.
Someone must tell you what you are doing wrong before you learn to do it right.
Think of rejection in a positive light and it will keep you from giving up on your writing.
Let Go Of Needing Validation
You will love your writing far more than anyone else will.
Since you poured out your soul on the page, you want everyone else to love it as much as you do.
The truth is that they don’t and never will.
Let your writing stand for itself and move on to your next project.
You should promote it, of course, but don’t let it hurt you when others don’t become as passionate as you are about it.
Writing Is An Emotional Roller Coaster
I can’t stress this truth enough.
Some days you will wake up, and everything in your writing world will be perfect.
Your book is selling, and your Pinterest account is collecting followers at a rapid clip. You even have ideas on how to write a sequel to your last novel.
The very next day, your book sells fall flat, Pinterest changes their algorithms again, and now you haven’t had a re-pin all day. And to make matters worse, you just got writer’s block.
Welcome to reality. Some days are just better than others.
Don’t let the bad days discourage you because they are just the natural progression of life.
Step away from your writing and get some fresh air so you can get your head back in the game.
Passion Doesn’t Always Equal Money
Many people receive the writing advice that they should follow their passion.
While it is a good idea to be passionate about what you write, that doesn’t mean everyone else is passionate about it.
If you want to sell books, you need to write about your readers’ passions. That will equal money.
Don’t try to pretend you are passionate about something that you aren’t. Readers see through that immediately.
The truth is you should be passionate about the process. Do your due diligence and research what you don’t understand.
If you are new to the fantasy genre of writing, don’t write about dragons and fairies unless you have a good understanding of what the readers expect in this genre.
Reading other works and doing your research will make you passionate about getting the details right.
New authors get caught up in trying to mimic what writers before them have done.
While this works for some depending on the medium, it leads to not accepting when times change.
For a while, zombies were all the rage in writing circles. The field got saturated, and now it’s not appealing to the masses.
You must be adaptable and change with the times. This truth hurts when you just spent 6 months writing about the perfect zombie apocalypse.
The truth you can learn here is that you should write the tried-and-true and not the flavor-of-the-month.
A romance novel is timeless, so why would you want to mess it up by making zombies fall in love?
Writing Is Lonely And Thankless
In order to write effectively, you need to be able to focus without distractions.
That means sitting for long periods of time with only your thoughts for companions.
The truth is that you can’t write effectively or efficiently when other people are around you.
Your family and friends won’t thank you for the time you spend poring over your latest work.
All they see is that you sat around staring at a computer screen for months on end without spending time with them.
Take These Truths To Heart
Now that you know what these truths are, you can have a better idea of what you are up against when you are writing.
These truths are not to discourage you from writing, but to make you more aware, and therefore, a better writer in general. Keep pushing through, and you can make that writing dream a reality.