Author Life: Have I found my voice? Pt 2

NB: If you haven’t read part 1, it’s probably an idea if you do, otherwise, the following may not make sense! You can read part 1 here.

In part 1, I explained how I think I have finally found my writing voice. Good, right?

Yes, but…

‘There’s always a but…

With my writing voice sitting firmly in the broad camp of women’s fiction, somewhere under the non-existent sub-genre of ‘contemporary emotional romp fiction’ (why is that not a genre?), I am left feeling a little confused.

Confused as to how to move forward.

In one sense, I know moving forward means following my newly found writing voice, but on the other hand, I don’t want to alienate the readers who loved my debut novel The Memories We Hide’.

And then there’s the heavier story I’ve been working on which is almost ready for the final stages of publication. What do I do with that?

See my dilemma?

It’s taken me a few weeks to get to the point of overthinking analyzing my predicament. However, every time I ponder the topic, I end up at the same conclusion: I must follow my writer’s voice. It’s the only thing that’s going to be successful both in terms of creating a good story, and being able to sell/pitch my writing.

It also brings me to the other quandary I’ve been pondering.

Continue along the indie-publishing path, or jump back onto the mouse wheel of pitching to traditional publishers?

There’s no reason I can’t do both, and every reason – now that I’ve settled on a genre – to try pitching again.

Being a hybrid author has its advantages, the most obvious being having the best of both the indie and trad worlds.

So now, as I reach some sort of closure on my situation I can re-assess my 2020 goals and begin the writing year with a dedicated focus and make good on my word momentum.

2020, I’m coming for you!