You start getting excited about it, you get awesome ideas, you tell your friend / family / neighbors / neighbors’ cat that you want to write a book …and then you realize that you have to go to work. You know, your daily job.
Now, if you are one of the lucky soon-to-be authors who has a job that requires the use of computers, you might think: “ZOMG, I could totally write my book during breaks or slow-times!” …and you do that. Then you start feeling awkward. Thoughts and questions start floating around your head.
“What if my colleagues see this? What if people start talking about me and start spreading rumors that might affect my job and future promotions?”
It’s fine, you calm yourself down, you know you will be extra careful. So you start writing. Tip-Tap-Tip-Tap the keyboard goes as you really get into this scene you really like.
“Oh wow, are you writing a book?!” one of your passing colleagues asks, making you jump and minimize the window. “What’s it about?” he/she asks and you have no idea what to reply. You say something about adventures and epic chases… that you don’t have a name yet for the characters or the story or your pseudonym (even though you do) and you dodge that bullet gracefully.
Later on, you finish chapter one. It’s sloppy and first draft-y, but it makes you proud. You’re happy and you wanna share that with someone! …but then you realize that your friend / family / neighbors / neighbors’ cat are either homophobic, furryphobic or just plain and simple not interested in your story.
It doesn’t matter if you are gay or not, if you are part of the furry culture or not… if you’re writing about it (in the country where Cooper and I live in) you will be seen as a freak-of-nature with “unnatural attractions.”
So you have to hide everything and you get discouraged. You look for other people to morally support you and your work… and you turn to the online communities that are, for the most part, surprisingly friendly and welcoming. You continue writing and you start doing it for them, for your new and awesome fans. You find beta-readers and you get all these nice, honest feedbacks on your work. People start asking you about the size of your book, how many pages will it have, if the characters will end up together or not… and you suddenly start feeling that your work is appreciated.
Therefore, as you may have guessed, our tips for writing would be:
- Write from your heart. Whatever you feel like writing about, do it! You will find people who will like it.
- Find the people who will like it. Look for communities, forums, groups – they ARE there, somewhere.
- Finish it. Finish your book, your essay, your article. It’s worth it, even if it is read only by ten people.
- Be careful who you share it with. You’re smart, you know what we mean – focus on enhancing the beauty of the culture you are writing for; don’t try to change mentalities of people. Write for those who care.
You start writing for your fans and hope, really hope, that they will like it. You announce that you are halfway through Chapter 6 (which we are) and they get excited about it. Everybody is happy.
So you wake up one day, thinking to yourself: “Hmmm, writing what I like to write is awesome.”
And it is. It’s awesome. 🙂