Writing is challenging. One of the main aspects that makes it so is the pressure to write what’s trending. The market may be ripe for vampires today; however, by the time you finish your book, mermaid stories is what every literary agent is looking for. This. Happens. All. The. Time.
Don’t get caught up in the hype.
Write what you speaks to your soul. Write what’s important to you. Write about what keeps you up at night and what keeps you distracted at work during the day.
Years ago, when my first novel was out on submissions, the feedback was consistent: “Her writing is great, but we don’t know where to place it in the market.” Eventually, a publisher appreciated the story enough to publish not only my first novel but my second as well.
The same will go for your story. Eventually. Tomorrow. Next week. Next month. Next year. Your book will be published.
Never give up. Do not succumb to the pressure of perfection. Do not bow down to the idea that you have to write what’s on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Books are published every day. One day yours will be one of them.
Stay true to your voice.
Stay true to your story.
Be consistent with the pen and keystrokes.
Move those words across the page.
Stay the course.
And that’s my write advice.