So it occured to me today that maybe instead of asking, “How to write a bestseller?” I should be asking, “Should I try to write a bestseller?”
I mean what does a bestseller mean to me? Money? Recognition? Would that make me happy? Who wants that? My innermost soul or just the ego? If the easiest way to write a bestseller is to follow a trend I don’t particularly like or include more sex scenes than I’m comfortable with, should I still go down that path?
Going by the rule that you should write the kind of books you like to read, I should be writing books that entertain, uplift and encourage. I’ve been writing for about 20 years now. I’ve written over 30 books in this period. (Not all of them got published.) I even went back to university for a graduate degree in Writing Popular Fiction. The truth is, I would like to write really good books, the best books I can possibly write. Someday, I’d like to write a book until I feel that it’s finished. (Not until the publisher’s deadline runs out.) Is that even realistic in this industry?
So here is what I think today: I would like to write entertaining, uplifting and encouraging books to the best of my ability. And as I’ll be putting all my heart and soul into these books, I’d like them to reach as many readers as possible. And one way to measure what readership I reached, is the bestseller lists. So yes, I do want to make it there.
Now, back to the question of HOW. Hmmm, am I going around in circles here?