We all want to be liked by others, or perhaps more accurately we’d all like some kind of validation from other people. Whether or not you care much for other people, it’s almost an inherent desire that we want to be noticed. Yet, contradictory to that notion for many is that some are afraid of being noticed, nine times out of ten because there is a fear of being judged or ridiculed by other voices. As a person, let alone an artist, this is a dangerous barrier to not only personal growth, but to expressing yourself freely. And it’s my belief that as an artist you absolutely cannot stand to be afraid of judgment or let the feelings and whims of others dictate your desire to express your art.
There’s a thing about being an indie author, or indie artist of any kind really, that requires you to be made of thicker stuff than most people. The reason is not only because you’re out there alone in the great big bad world, but also because what seem like fantastic milestones and life achievements for you do little more to excite the world than toast getting burnt. Perhaps the most apt example would be the completion of your first great project, whether it’s a book or a song or whatnot, and feeling this enormous rush. All the hours and hours of slaving away to create your masterpiece has finally resulted in the completed project, and you just can’t wait to share it with the world. It’s euphoria at its finest. Only thing is, your bubble gets cruelly popped as you finally get around to telling the world, and no one cares.
It’s a well-established thing that for any individual artist, starting from scratch is one mountain of a job that unless your lucky stars are shining and you get a viral explosion, it’s pretty much slow moving, time consuming and often yields a lack of results. I apologise if I mainly focus on writers, but that’s what I am so it’s pretty difficult not to.
I keep coming back to this, but the primary problem of indie – in anything, whether it be gaming, books, music and so on – is volume. The internet allows anyone from anywhere to contribute their work. That makes it especially hard to get noticed, and a massive challenge to get your work out there. It absolutely requires sheer determination and drive to keep reaching out to people and trying to get feedback on your novel. It seriously takes perseverance.