The Business of Writing Fantasy

The Business of Writing Fantasy
February 22, 2017 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice Lilian Oake

I went into writing with the mentality of, “this is going to be a fun way to spend my free time.” Then, when I started having kids, it eventually turned into, “this is going to be my way of keeping my sanity.”

Now, with my kids growing and a new desire to be at home with them rather than out in work force, my mentality towards writing has turned into, “how can I make money through this?” I almost want to punch myself in the face for making it a business. I always hated that way of thinking, but, I suppose I’ve just come to see the reality of life and the struggle in finding happiness.

business of writing fantasyWhy shouldn’t I be making money through something that makes me insanely happy? Something that I have a passion doing? Why should I throw all of my works to the wind if someone else can enjoy what I create?

Writing is an art. Most of us know that. Art takes time, emotion, and effort. It’s something through which we writers can help people, guide people, or just open the eyes of readers through. For me, reading is like a mini vacation. I read fantasy for the sake of escapism. Life is hard, and it’s full of stresses that can stand to be avoided for a couple hours every day with a book. Writing happens to do the same for me; it lowers my stress levels significantly. It clears my mind and gets my blood pumping. I feel amazing when I’m in the zone with writing.

There are some people who write solely for the business of it. The people who write because they know how to structure sentences and have an extensive vocabulary… but they lack emotion. They don’t have the passion for it, and there is no sign of them enjoying the process of sharing a story.

I’ve come to realize that that is what I’ve always hated and told myself I need to avoid–the coldness in writing only to make money.

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So, how did I make writing a business without losing my passion of the art?

Easy. I don’t think about it too much–I just write. As in, I don’t focus my mind on, “oh crap, I need to make money. I need to hurry and get this work out so I can get more money in.” If I were to do that, all of my stories would lack any feel to it, and my time and effort in writing would lose its fire. I refuse to let the thought of money change and control my love of the art of writing.

On that note, may I remind my readers how easy it is to tell when the ending of a story is rushed, and when true effort and passion is pushed into the work. How many times have we, as readers, been disappointed in a book because the end was sudden and didn’t tie all the loose ends? 9 out of 10 times, it’s because the writer’s love for what they were doing died or was rushed. If ever I become the kind of writer to write only for money and business, then I have failed as a writer. Maybe even more than that. In a sense, I will have failed as a person.

Anyone who gives up their passion for the sake of money and power has lost a piece of himself/herself. Don’t let the business of writing take away from what has made you a good writer in the first place. If you’re anything like me, a “writer” is a part of who you are.


Lilian Oake Lilian (aka L.F. Oake) writes young adult and children's fantasy stories that are good for the soul and teach the reader something if not just to value life and love. She's originally from Phoenix, AZ but now happily lives in the bushy part of North Carolina.

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