Daily Prompt – A Bookish Choice

A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: with a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions. Which do you choose?

They’re both appealing for different reasons, but either way, it provides some kind of notoriety, and at the end of the day, I’m still a published author. So fuck it, let’s go for a popular author. Millions of readers equals millions of dollars… right?

There is a part of me that has always wanted to become a writer. A writer of what exactly, I haven’t got a clue, but I just want to write, and I want to produce something that other people will actually want to read, and enjoy reading enough to even spend money on it.

But the writing industry has changed significantly over the years. It’s no longer about having a great story, finding a great publisher and getting it published with the hope that people will actually buy it and generate some kind of revenue, let alone enough to actually break even. Nowadays you can write a book and publish it yourself directly to the iBooks store or the Kindle store, without the need to go through publishers and agents.

It’s that easy to do now, you can even buy publishing apps for your iPad, and create a book on your iDevice wherever you are, which makes the process so ridiculously simple, that, literally, anybody can do it.

…I just need to create something that is worthy of publishing.

And in order to do that, I’d need to do a lot of work on my writing skills, and become a lot more broader with my language. I’ve thought about the possibility of doing a creative writing course, but that’s not something I’m currently seriously considering, it’s just on the list of the ‘one day’ things I’d maybe like to do. But if I was to get serious enough about writing something, then I’d certainly look into it further… or as a bare minimum, do more work on my blog – use it as a forum for building my reader base and then using that base for open and honest feedback on creative writing pieces.

 

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