There can never be too much said for the way self-publishing has opened the doors for those who have a story to tell. In today’s world, there is no need to wait around to have a manuscript approved and published and anyone can publish what they think is the next great American novel.
I, like millions of other folks around the world, have ideas swimming around in my brain day in and day out. Does that mean I’ll be adding my name to the thousands of self-published authors whose books can be seen on Amazon, Goodreads, and other places? Absolutely not.
I quit my day job and became a writer a year ago. I write and edit online content for websites and authors, and I also write resumes for people, which in some cases can certainly be called fiction. :op
However, after I began reviewing books for Amazon (and now here), I realized that it takes a certain kind of person to be able to produce a work of fiction that is worthy of readers. Some people should never attempt it, and I am one of those people.
I have a teeny, tiny attention span and because of my ADD, I couldn’t complete a thought in a timely manner if someone held a gun to my head. (You wouldn’t believe how long it took me just to write that sentence.) Add this to the fact that I have a very relaxed writing style, and I simply don’t think I could produce a book I would be proud of and that people would enjoy.
It takes a lot to write a book and I think it takes even more to realize that writing fiction simply isn’t for you. I would rather go through life as a reader than write a novel only to find out that I really, really suck at it.
Am I missing out? Nah. I live for the moments that allow me to get lost in someone else’s world. I read every night without fail and during those precious hours, I can forget about my troubles and live through someone else who has far worse problems that I ever could.
In a recent Twitter post Joe Konrath, the king of self-publishing and one of my all-time favorite authors said, “Those who can’t write teach. Those who can’t teach critique.”
That sums me up pretty well.