Have you ever been in a writing slump? And by that, I’m not referring to writers’ block where you’re stuck on a plot or specific part of a story. (that’s another blog post 🙂 But in a deeper, gooey slump where you can’t or won’t write anything at all. A space where you find yourself doubting your storytelling abilities, worrying about your story and whether it’s good enough or even if anyone else will ever love it? Or like it. One tiny bit, or a lot?
That’s a space no writer wants to be in. It sucks. But it happens. Understanding how you ended up in the slump is the first step out of it. And if the reason you’re in a slump is because you’re worried about readers loving your story, please try not to worry.
Easier said than done, I know. When you’ve spent hours and hours burning the midnight oil churning words, you’ll no doubt fall in love with your story. But that doesn’t mean everyone will too.
Tastes differ. Not everyone loves the same things, be it food, clothes, hobbies, films, movies and the same goes for books. Genre, voice, characters, pacing, style, setting – there’s so much to a story and some aspects will resonate with others and some will not.
- Not everyone will love your book.
- Not everyone will hate your book.
- But, somewhere out there are readers who’ll adore your book. Readers who’ll tell everyone about your story, create art for your characters, and even write fan fiction based on your book. Readers who’ll love everything you write. They are your audience. It might take time to find them, but once you do, the sky is the limit.
Keep writing and happy writing!