What If I Don’t Want to Be a Bestselling Author?

I’m not the only one who isn’t hard-set on one traditional writing path. My career could go in a dozen different directions within the next few years. If I don’t end up writing novels for a living … I’ll be OK.

I am not a bestselling author. If we’re talking fictional narratives, I’m not even technically an author.

And the thing is … I’m not exactly sure if I even want to be.

I pretty much have always been and always will be a writer. And though I would love to finish and publish a book someday, I don’t think I can do so with the added pressure of trying to sell hundreds of thousands of copies of said book.

That’s just me, of course. I love writing. I don’t particularly love talking about myself or promoting the things I publish … I know, I know, you have to. Trust me, I get it. But you have to A LOT MORE when you’re trying to get the attention of the New York Times or whatever.

I’ve pretty much decided that when I do start publishing books at some point (when? who knows!), I’m not going to worry about whether or not I get on a list. I understand how the industry works — the more you sell, the more likely you’re able to keep writing. I hear that.

But I also know I’m not the only one who isn’t hard-set on one traditional writing path. My career could go in a dozen different directions within the next few years. If I don’t end up writing novels for a living … I’ll be OK.

You will, too.

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12 Writing Struggles That Are (Yes, Really) Only Temporary

4.  Knowing where you want your characters to end up but not how they get there. (UGH.)

1. Not knowing what to write about. (You will discover something!)

2. Being afraid that you’ll share your work and no one will read it.

3. Being afraid that you’ll share your work and everyone will hate it.

4.  Knowing where you want your characters to end up but not how they get there. (UGH.)

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We Are All Creating

We were not born to sit still, neither in body nor in mind.

It can feel extremely discouraging when you aren’t writing as much as you want to be. You might be in a pretty dark place, wondering if writing is even the thing you’re supposed to be doing. If you’re even good at it, or if you ever will be. Having stopped, you might seriously consider never going back. Would it really be the end of the world if you chose a different path?

A creatively inclined human being faces many challenges throughout their life. Not writing when you wish you wanted to want to write is one of many of those. But it’s a tough one. Believe it or not, you’re not always in control of it. Sometimes there are factors standing in your way that you can do little to nothing about, and the result is that you want to write. But you aren’t. You … can’t.

Does this mean you’re a failure? A disappointment? A lost cause?

No. It simply means you are not writing right now. And this may be frustrating. But it’s hardly a reason for giving up.

For even when we are not writing, we are all creating.

We can’t help it. It’s simply not something we can ever live without.

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Why You Haven’t Been Feeling Inspired to Write Lately (and Why That’s OK)

I just kept asking myself over and over: “What is wrong with you?”

I couldn’t write.

Well, I COULD. I had to — I didn’t have a choice.

But coming up with ideas? Enjoying the process? Nope. I wanted nothing to do with it.

It had been weeks. And I just couldn’t get it together.

I just kept asking myself over and over: “What is wrong with you?”

And then it hit me.

NO ONE is particularly OK right now.

The world is on fire.

These are unprecedented times. And we have to do what we can, when we can, to adjust.

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12 Writing Moments You Never Get Tired Of

2. Crying over having to say goodbye to your characters.

1. Getting so excited about an idea that you completely lose all sense of reality and time.

2. Crying over having to say goodbye to your characters.

3. Having that rare but welcome “I might actually have a really good idea” moment.

4. Finishing a big project. You feel relieved … but terrified? It’s a lot of emotion, but you’re also completely numb. And it’s awesome.

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The 10 Habits You Must Develop Before You Can Finish Writing a Book

2. Treating your writing time like it’s a “real” job (because someday it will be).

1. Listening to your body and mind. You can’t write when you’re not fully functional. Writing is important, but so is not writing every once in a while.

2. Treating your writing time like it’s a “real” job — which means actually writing when you say you’re going to, making checklists, and creating and holding yourself to your own deadlines.

3. Engaging in positive (but realistic) self-talk. Some days, “You’re going to write 500 words gosh darn it! I believe in you!” is going to push you over that edge and help you reach that day’s small but mighty goal.

4. Sticking to a pre-planned writing schedule. Even if you don’t “think” you’re the kind of person who needs to plan in advance, big long-term projects often require it anyway. Make it a habit — even if you don’t always like it.

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The Stories That Call Your Name | The Blank Page

It will wrap itself around you and squeeze. If you’re lucky, it will never let go.

The Blank Page is a new weekly series on Novelty Revisions dedicated to any writer who is just beginning their journey or starting again after a long pause. Check back every Monday for more tips and inspiration.


It was a song that didn’t exist. Yet it kept playing on repeat inside my head.

Over. And over. And over.

This went on for weeks. I went to sleep humming the melody. I woke up with it ringing in my ears. Who knows — it could have even become the soundtrack to my dreams.

Finally I couldn’t take it anymore. Humming into my phone’s microphone just wasn’t going to cut it. I reached for my violin, something I hadn’t done in weeks because the world was on fire and I couldn’t deal — and struggled through my inexperience as a beginner to get that melody out of the constant cycle of my thoughts.

I can’t speak for every musician — I don’t know if this is always how songs are born. But throughout my years as a creator, it seems the ideas I’ve committed to the longest and the hardest have always been the ones that came to me when I wasn’t calling for them.

For me, once an idea plants itself in my head, it tends to travel straight to my heart. And at least in the beginning, I cannot let it go. I can’t forget. I must try. I must create it.

Songs are their own form of storytelling, and the way a song touches your heart works the same way when it’s the idea for a book or a poem or a blog post. You very rarely summon a story. Inspiration doesn’t usually work that way. It is spontaneous. Many times, it is all-consuming.

But how do you know the story that speaks to you is the right one? How do you know it truly belongs to you?

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Your Writing Will Never Make Every Reader Happy

Not all writers are people-pleasers. Yet we all have to do everything we can to satisfy our audiences (real or imagined) all the same.

Not all writers are people-pleasers. Yet we all have to do everything we can to satisfy our audiences (real or imagined) all the same.

Many writers, however, also live with the general desire to make everyone they interact with happy. It’s impossible, of course. We know this. That doesn’t stop the urgency. The never-ending quest for perfection. The irrational hope that everyone will always like everything we do.

Or publish.

You’ve likely heard before that trying to please everyone as a writer is a direct line to years of misery, disappointment, and — probably — failure.

All that’s 100% true, don’t get me wrong.

But has anyone ever actually told you how the HECK you’re supposed to keep writing when you know for a fact some people aren’t going to like it?

Hi. Hello. I have advice. It’s why you’re here, after all, isn’t it? Let’s get to it.

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12 Perks of Being a Writer We Don’t Talk Enough About

Sometimes! People! Send! You! Free! Books!!

1. There are many kind people to meet in the writing/publishing community, and once you find your warm corner of diverse individuals, some of those people become friends for life.

2. You have a built-in excuse to read more books, because prolific readers make better writers!

3. Also: an excuse to buy more pens. You can never have too many pens.

4. Sometimes you get to fill blank pages with stuff you totally made up out of nothing?? And it doesn’t even have to be good or make sense??? It just has to exist?!

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11 Signs Your Writing Slump Is Finally Ending

4. Your “I should be writing” feelings have turned into “I very much want to be writing right now!”

1. You! Almost! Have! A new! Idea! It’s not a fully formed idea but THERE’S A SPARK.

2. You’ve started looking more closely at your schedule/routine to figure out when you’re going to fit writing in.

3. Do you hear that? It’s your characters. They’re trying to talk to you (and for once, you don’t mind).

4. Your “I should be writing” feelings have turned into “I very much want to be writing right now!”

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