I just finished reading, How To Not Write A Novel. A funny account of what happens to 99% of all published authors. A true tale of how once in print most books are destined for the bargain bin and the author a life of obscurity. The author has five crime novels to his name, critically acclaimed even. But he still struggles to achieve more than get his books on a library shelf. It reveals the publishers use of new novelists work and is both discouraging and heartening in it's advice. What I loved about it is how it changed my perspective on why I write and what I intend to do with my work once it's finished. It made me ask myself these questions. - Am I chasing publication for vanity? - How does a writer find their audience and build it? - If I never become a bestselling writer, then what? - Would I still choose to do this even with no financial reward at the end? - What's really important here, developing skill? Joy of expression? My characters or what they are trying to do? I decided after reading this book that I write because I enjoy the act of writing, that publication while a worthy goal and nice validation could not be my prime objective. That I might have to face the reality of never being paid for my work. And if that was the case I had better be reaping my rewards while I crafted convincing characters, wrote interesting dialogue and brought the stories in my imagination to life for the hell of it. I still intend to take my writing seriously, the craft of it, but I won't take myself as an author seriously because actually it's a profession riddled with tragedy, if it's a profession at all. So I'd like to put it out there, what will you do if you fail to become a bestseller? How will that change things for you?