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.”

    9 Comments

  1. Great piece of advice, Matt. It’s so easy to stress over the marketing and sales, but the good old writing is what’s most important. Instead of lurking at the rankings etc. we need to write that next novel.

    • Exactly! I know we all do it. Some days are worse than others, but we do need to focus on the story. If we don’t, we’re only hindering ourselves and our readers.

  2. SO well said! Thank you for this today. It’s something I need to be reminded of once in awhile. 🙂

    • Thank you for reading! It’s something I’ve definitely needed lately. That’s for sure.

  3. Thanks for taking the financial and emotional risks! I am grateful to the authors who are willing to put themselves out there and share their stories with readers.

    Don’t forget that there are people out there (myself included) who love your books and we’ll always be happy to pimp them for you 😉

    • And I appreciate every second of it. You have been a great friend whom I’d never have met if it wasn’t for these books!

  4. Hmmm….might have to remind you of this post at some point. Stay positive Matty. Your writing rocks!

    Valerie

    • Definitely. I’ve been guilty of this more than once. Especially lately! Thank you 🙂

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