What to Write?

It’s always a bit of a decision to choose what to write next.

Because while we want to tell stories that are fun to write, we authors also want our stories to be read and enjoyed – and even to sell!

So basically, we have to decide whether to write to market or write to joy.

At least that’s what people say, and they always pretend you have to be in one camp or the other. Because it’s either a career (work hard! struggle!) or a fun hobby (and you’ll never sell anything).

I think there can be a happy mixture of both.

For example, I decided to focus on dragons for a while, for two reasons:
1) I love dragons.
2) Dragons were selling rather well.

That made it easy.

But now that dragons aren’t selling that well anymore (at least from what I can see), I still want to finish my series. There are stories to tell, and they are fun. So yeah, I’m on it.
(Want to motivate me more? Buy one of my books. Or leave a review. *wink*)

And on the other hand, we know that sex sells. (Many, many books!)

For years, I thought I couldn’t write sex. Wouldn’t even try.

Until last year, when I thought: “Why the f… not?”
(Yes, that was intentional.)

And I ended up with a huge writing binge for over two months, and two rather promising series in erotic Romance/SF. Unfortunately, now I have to finish what I started and edit the whole stash. Somehow, that’s less fun.

But that’s still part of writing. And I’ll get it done.

PS: My friend Diane Patterson and I did an interview with Susan Kay Quinn about that very topic. Listen to it here:  23 – Susan Kaye Quinn and the indie author mindset

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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