As a writer of fiction books you know how difficult a task it actually is; and that’s without worrying about selling your book! Just the creation of your book is enough to keep you busy for a long time. In my experience I’ve come across several key factors that greatly contribute to the success of a writer, and if you follow them over the course of the next few weeks, or at least read them and consider them, and then you might just be a little closer to getting your fiction out there in the bookstore.
Committing to a project is imperative for its success. It’s pretty easy to imagine why, and it’s one of the fundaments that really should be considered if you’re looking to sell anything you have created. You simply need to want to do it and spend time doing it.
If you’re only half interested in your book then you’re unlikely to ever get anywhere with it. A work of fiction takes a long time to create and without the desire to see it completed, or without an idea of how the story should be told and concluded you will be lost. No-one will read a book that the author has little interest in, and a publisher certainly won’t touch it!
This is where we delve a little further into the writer’s craft. You need to consistently commit to the production of your book. If you fail to write your book consistently then it is highly possible that you will lose your way.
To leave a book sitting on your PC for half a year while you do “other things” is a bad mistake because when you return it will seem very different. You may forget vital (and sometimes subtle) narrative devices and structures already in place that have made your book what it is; to continue writing it without thoroughly understanding what has already been written is a mistake.
Rereading is part of any novelist’s job, you will all either know or be able to guess, but rereading because your book has been left for a considerable amount of time can become tedious and disheartening if you continue to do it. A writer loses interest in the completion of their book if they are continually required to reread huge sections on account of time management.
Another reason you need to remain consistent is to maintain your writing style. If, like me, you have left your book in order to do other writing tasks it can seriously affect the style and even narrative voice of your book when you return to it at a later date. Some writers have actually decided that they need to change the way their novel is told and decide to do something dreadfully drastic like change the narrative perspective completely.
For those who are unaware, the narrative perspective is basically from where the story is being told. For example, a work of fiction that follows one character from start to finish and tells the story from their point of view using “I…” is called first person perspective. Changing something as important as this halfway through the book is difficult and requires a lot of work, so you can imagine how it would feel if you then left your book for a further six months and decided to change it all back again!
The trick is to write, and once you start to write, keep going!