One thing I know to be true to this very day is that writing a first book is hard. It is harder because of the fact that it is the first. With the initial book comes high expectations and dazzling dreams. In short, you find yourself enthralled in the prospect of the what if instead of embracing the here and now. This is why somedays I just want to chuck my work in progress into the virtual trash bin. But even though writing a first book is the hardest thing ever, I still keep at it because it is a story that I want to tell the world.
Why writing a first book is hard
I’ve never written a first book before
Writing a first book is hard simply because I’ve never done it before. Because I haven’t written — let alone published — a book, I am just blundering around in the dark. I don’t have years of experience that other well-known, extremely successful published authors have under their belt. And I don’t have the confidence that comes from having published several books. Because really I am just another wanna-be writer with an idea and a dream.
Publishing is the only easy part
Today, publishing a book is the easy part, thanks to services like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space, as well as many other independent self-publishing companies. It was different in the past when publishing was often a grueling, exhausting and demoralizing process with writers getting hundreds of rejection letters. Now, publishing is at our fingertips and with a click of the button, we are published. Despite how easy it is to just click that button, there is a certain responsibility. There is a responsibility to do right by the readers and the brand in order to craft a book that is virtually perfect and free of criticism.
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It is a make it or break it kind of deal
Because it is something that could possibly be the first book, it really is a make it or break it kind of deal. If the first book turns out to be a success, then it means that you’ve made it. However, if the book ends up being blacklisted on a Worst Books Ever list, then you can probably just hang up your pencil and call it a day. Writing a book is hard enough, but when you think about what could happen, it is enough to stop anyone in their tracks from hustling forward.
Negative what-if questions haunt me
What if my first book turns out to be the biggest flop? What if all of my readers agree anonymously that I am a terrible writer? And what if l just can’t finish writing that first book? When you are writing your first book, it is easy to get bogged down by these terrible what-if questions that never truly leave my thoughts. They are even more prevalent because it is my first time doing it.
Writing a first book is hard, so now what?
So, we’ve agreed that writing a first book is hard. It is hard because it is the first book. When we do something for the first time — it doesn’t matter what it is — we are aiming cluelessly in the dark. We have no idea what we are doing. But, we keep on doing it. We keep on doing it because of hope. We have faith that that first book will be a success because of hope. And we want to believe that it will okay so we keep telling ourselves this until we believe it. So, writing a first book might be hard, but that’s okay. Because anything that is hard is worth doing. And that goes for writing as well.
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