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Today I would like to share an article from The Daily Telegraph available here. In it the author of the book describes how when she writes fiction she writes “to and from myself.”
In many ways I would agree with this approach.
First off many writing advice says to write the story that you would like to read. Why not write for the market? For one thing once a type of story becomes popular it the market quickly becomes saturated. This is not to say that if that’s the type of story you want to read then don’t write it. I simply mean don’t blindly follow the heard.
If you write a story that you are not passionate about writing it will show through in your writing. If you’re not having fun writing the story, are your readers going to have fun reading it?
My guess would be, NO.
That way if you’re currently writing a story that is the kind that is popular at this time and it is a story you’re passionate about, you’ll likely, in my opinion get long term readers which should be the main goal. If you’re pandering to the market that is currently in vogue, that is the lottery mindset. And how many people win the lottery? Not many.
Remember when you’re buying mutual funds or any other type of investment they always say that past performance does not guarantee future performance? The same is true here. Just because something is popular right now and is selling like hot cakes, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so in the future.
I hope this helps, go out and make it a great day.