Matty Says: Choose

Matty Says: Choose

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Author, Author Advice, Matty Says, Publishing, Writing | 9 comments

If you’re an author, chances are at some point you were constantly checking your sales figures, book rankings, and obsessing over reviews, throughout all the platforms you’ve placed your novels. This is fine, until it’s not.

We all get hell-bent on our fluctuating ranks, or terrible sales days, and those negative reviews, but you can’t let it stop you. When it does, you’re looking at things the wrong way. Sales go up and down, good reviews come with the bad, and your ranking changes by the hour. This is all a part of the business. You don’t have to like it, but it’s part of our chosen paths nonetheless. Obsessing over these things is futile. You can’t prevent any of that, so why do we waste our time, energy and mental stability on it?

Don’t lose sleep because of numbers, lose sleep because the story you’re telling keeps you awake at night.

Don’t get angry because someone didn’t like your book, get angry because your antagonist just flushed your main character’s gold-fish down the toilet. Then fuse those emotions into your character’s revenge.

Don’t get sad because sales are low, be sad knowing that your main character’s gold-fish is floating somewhere in the pipes alongside your arch nemesis’ poop.

We’re writers.

We’re artists.

We’re creators.

We thrive on overactive emotions, but we need to use that to our advantage, not allow it to hinder us. We need to keep creating, keep writing, and keep expressing ourselves through art, music, and words. Push yourself, push your boundaries, push your imagination. Because in the story of our lives, the bad doesn’t win. Absolutely nothing brings you down without your say so. So choose not to say so.

Choose fighting.

Choose never giving up.

Choose words.

This is your story, and it’s not over until you write “The End.”

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