I was recently going through a couple debut novels that didn’t so well in stores, trying to assess what went wrong.
Almost all of them were way out of the genres I was used to reading, so going in I didn’t have much expectations. But as I read them I didn’t see why they were any lesser than any other book by any other bestselling author out there. Why didn’t they do well then? Not that these books changed my life or anything, but they were still each a story worth telling.
A story told from heart. A story told in spite of pain and hardships. A story probably told with hopes like – maybe now, somebody will listen.
And yet, these books will just end up becoming another book that didn’t do so well in stores and hence, forgotten. That got me wondering if my own book was any worth at all. Won’t it just become another book that just never sold any copies anywhere outside my friends circle?
As a storyteller, doubting if your story even deserves to be told is very heart breaking.
So, how can one know if they should write something? How can they know if people will care? How can they know that this will be what they were born to do when there’s no certainty that it could matter to someone even in the smallest ways?
Truth is, you will never know.
When you think about it maybe you don’t have to.
Before you go ahead and scoff it off, I want you to know that this isn’t coming from somebody who’s doing great in this field. I’m struggling just as any other new writer is right now. Just as much as probably you are. Doubting every step in my journey as I take it. I know what it feels like to put your story out there for the world to see, and still have nobody give a sh*t.
But I guess I realized something when I sat down and asked myself this one question –
“If you can never know for sure how the world will react to the story that you put all your sweat and tears and time and every drop of your soul into, will you still work just as hard to tell it right?”
Your answer to this question will answer the question in the title too.
Me trying to be interactive –
Ever doubted if your story deserved to be told? Has that stopped your from creating/writing/publishing something really close to your heart?