This year, the most-read posts were about self-publishing fiction and writing (how to write.)
Unsurprisingly, I’ll publish more of the same in 2021.
A couple of my writing students asked: “can you still make money self-publishing fiction?”
Is self-publishing fiction still viable in 2021?
People love entertainment, so yes, self-publishing fiction is still viable going forward.
That said, if you’re a freelance writer, either as a sideline or full-time, don’t put all your eggs in the fiction basket.
The big benefit of writing fiction is that you’re writing, and that’s always a good thing. Every word you write is valuable, whether you sell those words or not. They’re practice and over time, they’ll make you a better writer.
Ideas flow when you’re writing. As Louis L’Amour pointed out:
“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”
The most popular fiction writing posts in 2020
Plotting is a challenge for many authors, so readers found this post: How To Plot A Novella: 3 Tips useful.
If you’re a new author and hate plotting, don’t despair. You will find your own plotting methods: one day, plotting won’t be a big deal any more.
Posts on writing serial fiction were also popular, particularly, this post, Serial Fiction Defined: Write Short, And Sell. If you’re thinking about writing serials, try. They’re fun to write—and you’ll learn a lot about plotting too.
Keep self-publishing fiction in 2021
Soon 2020 will be just a memory.
Whatever you’re writing in our shiny new year, whether you’re self-publishing fiction or are freelancing, keep writing.
I wish you all good things in 2021. Most of all, I wish you optimism and good health, as well as joy from your writing.
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