Why the World Needs Your Novel

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Hey there, Happy Monday! Here’s some #MondayMotivation for your coffee cup! We already talked about How to Conquer Self-Doubt a few weeks back, but do you ever have days where you feel like your content is horrible? Every word that drips from your fingers isn’t the best. You’re tired of your story and your characters and you know in your heart of hearts that no one will ever enjoy reading it. Sometimes it gets so hard to put away the voices that you just quit altogether. You start to wonder why you started in the first place. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I know I’ll keep going back. Tolkien felt it, Rowling felt it, all the greats have been down that road. However, it’s important to remember one thing: The world needs your novel. Here’s why:

1. You are one of a Kind: First things first, you are special. No one in the world will tell a story the exact same way that you do. Everyone’s plot bunnies are different shades and sizes and levels of fluffiness. I could hand ten writers the same prompt and each one would create something completely different. Enjoy your unique qualities, and know that the story in your head needs to be told the way you intended it. The way your imagination’s eye sees it.

2. And The Same: Someone else is going through a hardship you have overcome, someone else wants to read a YA Fantasy Musical about dancing Werewolves, someone in the world is hungry for your story and the unique way you are able to tell it. We are all unique and similar in a million ways, and your novel is how you will connect with readers and writers who are like you.

3. You Don’t Need Permission: Guess what? It doesn’t matter if your genre isn’t popular or all the agents are tired of your theme…this is about you. Write a shitty, horrible, bad novel. Do it. Writing a novel is a personal journey, and at the end of the day the personal accomplishment from writing it might be enough. You need to write the novel that’s in your heart. You are a writer. Like roots in dirt, your imagination needs to flourish and grow. When it’s all said and done, the love and passion you put into each word will shine through to your readers, whether they love the plot or not!

I hope this helps put into perspective why you need to ignore the negative voices in your head and just keep writing. The world will be a better place with your story in someone’s hands, the exact way that you want to tell it.

Happy writing!

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  1. Love this post. It’s so true. Look forward to getting to know you better. I’ll definitely be back to your blog.

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. I LOVE this, Nicole!

    Doubt runs deep in all of us, no matter how far along we are in our writing journeys. Even as someone who runs a novel-writing blog, I sometimes worry that my fiction writing just isn’t up to scratch, that my story isn’t unique enough, that I’m just fumbling along in the shadows of the writing greats.

    I can’t get enough of your reminder that my perspective is one of a kind but that my interest is not. As a writer, I want to stand out among my peers, but I also don’t want to write a novel that no one but myself will enjoy. You’ve reminded me that there is always someone out there that will love the work you do, and that’s a priceless motivation. Thank you!

    1. You are so sweet! Yes, everyone feels that way. I mean, it’s the same reason I can write this post and so many people connect with it. There’s always someone out there feeling the way you do. You have a gift that should be shared with the world! 🙂 <3 Keep writing!

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