Every author has fans, but before them all, you have to be a fan of your own work. You have to like it, love it. If you don’t, what’s the point? It’s a cliche, yes, sure, but cliches become cliches because more often than not, they’re right. You have to write what interests you, because guess what, there’s 7 billion people on the planet, so chances are that if interests you, it will interest others. You find and get fans by being authentic. They’re not just buying into your books, but you, the author. That’s how this works.
Be you, be your own fan. Everything, anything you like and love bleeds into your work when you write. That’s a good thing. It add more layers to your stories. Besides, if you don’t enjoy it, what are the odds that you’re going to finish it? Finishing novels and works is kind of important in becoming an author. You can’t sell, share and market work that isn’t complete, now can you.
Being your own fan means you can keep writing for a long time, and that’s important. Writing isn’t a sprint in any regard, manuscript completion or career building, it’s a marathon. If you enjoy your work, you can keep on working, building your books bit by bit. It will take time, sure, but we all have time. Motivation, dedication, those things wane however. You have to enjoy it to want to keep doing it. So enjoy it. Write what you enjoy.
Seriously, it’s not a crime. Have some fun with it. Remember, I’m a broke indie author, and I’m still doing it, writing novels. I love it. Even during the hard bits, the what do I do next, bits, where I’m lost and frustrated. It happens. No biggie. Just keep writing what you like. Enjoy it, enjoy life, everything else will fall into place.