I’m a guy that likes to try new things. I like to push myself into areas I’ve never been before. I once wrote a book entitled Roundtripping. I’ll be honest with you, it’s not a very good book. I’d say it’s filled with 100% too much self-indulgence and an overall sense of bigheadedness. I was so in love with the idea that I could write a book and put it on the internet, I never stopped and asked myself if it was a story anyone would actually want to read. I believed that I could break the rules with my writing and do something different, this belief dissolved into nonsensical wankering all over the story. I feel as a more mature person, that I must apologize for that story. but it taught me valuable lessons that I will never forget.
Lesson 1: Don’t waste peoples time.
People are very very very busy. They only have 24 hours in a day and most of that is dedicated to surviving until the next 24 hours. If you’re going to write a book and convince them to spend a few days reading it, it had better be worth it to them by the time they get to the end or they will not return for the next installment.
Lesson 2: It’s okay to do things different, just don’t expect people to accept it.
I like self-publishing and self producing my music. I like being in control of the entire process. But if you feel like a punk and write like one, chances on anyone understanding what you are trying to say is one, yourself. With Roundtripping I tried to play into tropes of the fantasy genre and instead it became the trope I was trying to have a laugh at.
Lesson 3: Try Again
Never lose hope. You are talented, you do have a story worth telling, but ti’s equally possible that it takes you a few tries before you find your groove. I’ve written three books in my life (A fourth on the way) and I have to say it wasn’t until The Writers of the Universe that I have truly felt that I was an author and not a poser attempting to act like a writer.
I’m sure for many of you readers out there, it would have taken you a single sentence to say ‘that’s not going to work’, ‘no one wants to read that rubbish’, but for me I’m a slow leaner and I will always learn the hard way. But now I get to share those hard fought battles with you! this is me apologizing to the few of you that read Roundtripping, and saying I hope you’ll forgive me and give my new story a chance on your bookshelf.