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Write It For You

Write it for you.

Frankly, I haven’t written since … November? I did some editing in December, and a little more in March or April. But since then I haven’t touched my books.

I was burnt out. Exhausted of trying to truckle to other people’s opinions & beliefs. Tired of changing my things to suit their taste. Fed up with having to please an insatiable audience.

So I quit. I quit writing. I didn’t even think of my books. I was done.

Then Anna Augustine’s new book cover came out and I felt an urge to make new book covers. So I looked up current YA covers, but I didn’t like them. So I played around and made some I did like. An older style, but I always loved that style and so I had fun and made some covers with that style.

And people finally liked my covers.

The other day I wanted to join in the Glory Writers’ Thursday writing challenge. So I pulled out an old project I’d written in 2016. I read it over again and knocked out over 500 words in less than an hour.

And I ~ LOVED ~ IT.

It made me so happy. I didn’t care what anyone thought. I didn’t care if anyone would read it. I did it for ME. And I loved it.

So you know what? I’m going to go back to my WIP series. But I’m going to write for ME. The way ~I~ like. I’m going to ignore the opinions and tastes I don’t like, and I’m going to indulge MY tastes and opinions.

I’m not decrying constructive criticism. I’m not saying to totally ignore current preferences. I’m not advocating complete and utter rebellion to grammar & writing rules.

But I am saying that your writing is you, and if YOU don’t love it and believe in it, it will show. But if YOU stand behind it heart & soul, you will find someone else who resonates with you.

There comes a time when you have to put aside the other opinions & just do what feels RIGHT and what you WANT to do. 

There comes a time when you had to put aside people-pleasing and be GENUINE.

There comes a time when you stop chasing perfection and move forwards.

And if you’re worried that your story is too niched for anyone to like it… then hear this.

There’s this series I got into by accident. I saw a lukewarm review of the first book that left me uninterested in its series. But three years later, a friend of mine did a launch tour for the third book in the series and all 3 books were offered for review. Free books are really attractive to me. I mentioned to my sister that I was interested in checking the series out, and she encouraged me not to read the books, saying she’d read the sample of the first book on Amazon and hated it.

I was intrigued, and pleased at the idea of trying the sample—I hadn’t thought of doing that before. So I downloaded the sample and began to read. Almost at one I was sucked in and fell in love, and the rest is history—aka, I requested the entire series, gobbled it all down, and adored it.

That was in 2019, when I was 18 years old. Now book 4 is coming out, and I’ve begun my reread of the series to remember what would happen. To be honest, I didn’t really expect to love them anymore. But I had forgotten how good they were. and I was blown away by how deep and powerful the themes were. They really spoke to me just now, and I was so blessed to read them again. And most of all, I loved the unique, niched genre—a modern fantasy kingdom adventure.

I’ve never read anything else like it—so fairytale and yet contemporary, so cute and adorably cliché, yet deep and lovable. Kind of like a teddy bear in a fluffy tutu.

As someone who writes a very unique genre, I have struggled very much with doubt—“should I publish? Who’d want to read something so niched?” Of course I have a few faithful readers, but is that really enough?

The answer, I’ve found, is yes. It’s worth writing and publishing a book if it helps, encourages, and cheers up only ten people—or five—or one. It’s worth it.

So write it for you. Because the chances are, there’s gonna be at least one other soul out there who needs this as much as you do.

If you find yourself thinking that you’ll never earn a living if you only write for yourself, then take heart. You’ll never be the only person interested in reading about the subjects or stories you enjoy. Never before in human history have eager readers had such easy access to millions of titles at their fingertips. And out of all those readers, there is absolutely an audience for the book of your heart.… Even if your ideal reader seems hyperspecific, there’s a decent chance that thousands upon thousands of readers would love to get their hands on your books.

Kristen Kieffer, Self-Publishing Simplified

The odds are on your side, my friend. Don’t let the doubts cripple you. You were absolutely given this story for a reason. Write it.

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Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

2 thoughts on “Write It For You

  1. I’m seriously saving this post for the next time I start doubting my writing…
    Thank you SO much for sharing, Katja!!! <3333

    Liked by 1 person

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