Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
I was talking to a close writing friend the other day, and he said that he would forgive a writer of a janky plot if there was underlying passion and depth. I agreed.
When you pick up your typical mass market paperback, you’re presented with a perfectly formulated product. It was written to appeal to a wide audience, easily digestible and mildly entertaining. These books often iterate in endless series to keep readers buying indefinitely.
These kinds of books might help pass a few hours on the train, but will they change your life?
Because the writer didn’t pour her soul into it. She didn’t bleed for it. And you can tell. You can feel that something is missing.
Write for yourself, not to pander to every buyer out there. If you want to mesmerize readers, write about the things that most deeply stir you and you will stir them.
What are you thoughts?