Want to make sure you never finish your book?
Want to cripple your creativity at the start of a new project?
Want to ramp up your anxiety and hinder your true writing voice?
All you have to do is ask one question as you start writing a book.
Here it is:
“Will this book sell?”
It’s not a bad question to ask eventually, it’s just the wrong question to ask at the beginning.
When you ask that question too early, you end up changing what you were going to write in order to increase the fictional sales to a fictional audience.
You end up thinking, “This will never sell, I better change it,” and countless, joyless edits follow.
You put yourself in a creative prison hoping that you can somehow increase your sales with every decision you make during the writing project.
It’s a miserable way to write a book, and it increases your doubt by a factor of a billion. (The big problem is that no one really knows what will sell so the idea that you can predict it at the beginning is ludicrous.)
Don’t focus on the sales at the beginning or you will never finish.
Write first, sell later.