Write outside of your field

I'm currently working on a novel that no one might ever see. I've been dinking with it for a few years, doing a couple of pages in my spare time or when I'm stuck on the books that I have contracts for and know I'll get paid for. It's not SF, it's not fantasy, and my agent has already let me know that although he loves the idea and the bits of it he's seen, it's going to be tough to move. I might not be able to sell it, and if I do sell it, I might make first novelist's pay for it.

Doesn't matter. I'm not writing it for the money. Like this page, I'm writing it for love. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the themes and the directions it's taking. And knowing that it's there and that I can work on it whenever I want makes me happy. It reminds me that I am not confined to the walls of the genre in which I work - that I can write anything, that I have no limits except those that I impose on myself.

This page is something else I do for love. Writing it brings me a lot of happiness, and so do the letters I get from readers telling me that something I've said has helped them. And this page helps me to focus on how I write, and helps me to remember why. Both of those things have kept me going through some rough spots.

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