This is probably the biggest lesson I have learnt lately. I used to be very set in my ideas. Things had to be a certain way and that was that.
If I’d stuck to my original plan then I wouldn’t be about to release a book that isn’t adult fiction. For a long time I was not in any way open to another plan. I wanted to be an adult fiction writer and that was that. I still do, that hasn’t changed, but I have since found that young adult fiction is so much fun to write. Probably because I can take lots of my own teenage experiences and give them to someone else.
Now I’m on the way to actually making a living from my writing, which at the end of the day is what it’s all about for me. Although I’d still love to write adult fiction too, I can now accept that maybe I will be a writing for a younger audience. That said, this particular book will be marketed to adults too. I can’t say too much more about that now, but it will become obvious soon.
So, I am so glad that I didn’t give up on my dream because it’s finally coming true. Not in the way I thought it would, but that doesn’t matter. If I’d given up six months ago, then this would not be happening right now. Life is exciting at the moment, a bit manic and a little bit scary, but scaring yourself and taking a risk now and again, is the only way to make significant changes in your life 🙂