Passion Project: Write a Novel  

I’ve read articles and author comments about getting in the game of writing for financial gain. It’s near impossible they say and I believe them. I completely believe them. Upwards to one million books are published every year in the United States alone. Near half of these are self-published, according to my research.

I’m writing a novel about a virus that leaves people rather ravenous and zombie-like. The virus is spread in Baltimore City, one of the cities I enjoyed living in for many years. To prevent the spread of contamination the government walls in the city and manages to keep it at bay. This means we have an isolated and contained apocalypse. Think: The Walking Dead meets The Truman Show.

I couldn’t even tell you how many books are published each year with zombies as the main focus or even broader how many dystopian novels. I’m sure it’s thousands. What will put my book above those? Why will readers want to read my book instead of someone else’s grisly tale? I have no flipping idea! And I’m not sure that I care to measure myself next to other authors.

What I do know is this book is fun to write, it’s been well received by beta readers, and I hope local Baltimorians will get a kick out of it. I’m not writing to become a billionaire, though if that happened I wouldn’t turn it down!

A common question for writers is, why do you write? My answer is simple, it’s because I want to. It feels good. I’m a creator so therefore I must create. Writing is a constant learning process and a way to express myself. I get to try new things, paint my deepest fears and desires on paper, and share it with the world.

 

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  1. It definitely sounds interesting! A thought on what will help your book stick out: focus on the characters. When it comes to certain genres, zombie/dystopian fiction being a prime example, there is nothing new under the sun. EVERY plotline, plot twist, backstory, and infection type has been done at least a hundred times. The only thing that can make a new entry into this genre stand out is charming and REAL protagonists. Breathe life into them, give them souls, and readers will never put the book down!

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  2. Sounds great! I’ve heard that if you write what people want, you will more likely make sales. People will remain loyal to their favorite authors, but they will read others within their interests. Use another name when writing for them, if you want. When you do it for yourself, it might be your name. Find Facebook pages for authors and readers of your genre. That’s a great way to make connections and find out what people are doing or interested in. Just some thoughts! There might also be conversations on marketing. Even publishers will leave the marketing to you, unless you are making them money. There are a lot of low cost venues. I haven’t done this with writing yet because it seems I can’t get a damn thing done! 😉 Good luck!

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  3. Your story sounded like *I Am Legend* to me, one of my faves. I, too, have wondered why a story idea of mine would interest anyone because all ideas have been done, right? No new ideas. But there are new combos of ideas, or ideas assembled in different ways. Most of all, though, will be your unique voice and expression of past ideas. That makes the good difference. In any case, you’re enjoying writing, and I think that counts the most. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. I hear ya. That’s how I think of just my blogging. I should get better the more I do it. And it may not be awesome, but it should be my best. Of course, I’ll take awesome if I can. 😀 I think once you finish your first book, the accomplishment will boost you to the next level.

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