As I’ve gone down my journey toward becoming a published author I’ve discovered three things that should be considered before embarking on any kind of for-profit storytelling.
To illustrate my points I will use Game of Thrones screencaps. Why? Because I am a nerd and I can.
1) The Vision
This is usually where it all starts. You have a story you want to tell. Big or small, epic or simple, you have a beginning, middle, climax, and end. Your vision is one of the most important personal drivers for you to write. If you do not love the story you want to tell and the characters involved in it no one else will care either.
2) The Execution
(Is this still a spoiler to anyone? Whoops.)
Your execution needs to be the absolute best you can make it. Hire editors, enlist the help of beta readers, and ask everyone you can to give you feedback on your storytelling. It doesn’t matter if the story is amazing if the execution sucks. I had a teacher who used an analogy once that I think fits here:
“If you serve a filet mignon steak on a chipped plate it doesn’t taste nearly as good as on fine china.”
The same is true of your story.
3) The Market
Again, this is storytelling for profit. If you want to make money off your stories you need to pay attention to what people are buying. Much like bad execution can sink a good vision, not writing for the market can also ruin your chances for success. Publishing is a huge, multi-billion dollar industry ($29 billion in the U.S. in 2014 to be exact) and if you want a decent-sized piece of that you need to write what people are buying. Do your research and look at other trends that affect your market.
At the end of the day, do what you love, love what you do. Take pride in your work and be sensible about your expectations and committed to excellence and it’ll all pay off.
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