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What am I supposed to write?

Have you ever asked yourself if you should write about something or if it is a bad idea? That’s probably one of the major unanswered questions of every writer.

It’s complicated to decide on what you should write and how to go about it. If sometimes you have some sort of inspiration, at other times, you might sit down in front of your computer (or any kind of blank page) and have no clue as to how to fill it up.

There is no simple answer to this question though. I guess it doesn’t really matter, since you need to keep in mind your particular audience and its characteristics or traits.

Genres

Each genre has a specific type of audience, that’s a fact. But, even more importantly, each genre tends to elicit some specific reaction out of its readers. Someone will choose your book by the feelings they believe they’ll achieve with it and that’s, for the most part, determined by the genre. So, you must know, really understand, the genre you choose and what people seek within books in that genre. Then proceed to write accordingly.

The story means what the reader wants it to mean

No matter what the story means to you, the reader will give it a significance of his own and you should take this into consideration. He or she will feel the story according to his or her life experiences and their own particular vision of the world.

Don’t worry. This is often a good thing! Your readers and their emotions will turn your words into something lively, filled with deeper meaning.

What should my major concerns be?

As was said before, the genre you write in makes all the difference, yet, there are some points you can take into consideration.

Characters should be deep and raise or elicit some feelings in your readers. Most of the readers want to feel as though the character could be a friend of theirs. So, it must be somehow realistic, making them feel like that particular character is indeed alive.

You should promote curiosity. The best book is the one you can’t seem to put down. Try to provoke that kind of situation within your story. Make your readers curious enough to the point they want, or even feel a need, to know what happens in the next page.

They often want to feel. Be attentive in your descriptions with the characters feelings and write it down filled with little details, so your readers can feel along with them. When reading a book, people like to be immersed in a new reality. You must make that worth it.

 

A book has within it something magical. The imagination is unique and when shared with other people it can give you something wonderful. Use it in your favor and attract your audience through something wild or unexpected.

Are there too many writers?

Often enough, when I say someone I’m a writer, people just look at me funny. Well, that’s when they are polite… otherwise, they’ll just say something to the tune of “Everyone is a writer nowadays.”, and, if I might ass, when someone says something like that, please, don’t argue, it’s pointless.

So, clearly there are many people who don’t value our work, but the question in the title is about more than that. Are there too many writers? Are there too many books? And, what does that means? Should we stop writing? Should we give up? Are we destined to failure?

If you like to read, you probably already saw how many of these little pieces of art and creativity are exposed in any bookstore. Each of them represents a person, just like me or you, trying to tell their tale and catch the audience’s attention. But again… If there are too many writers, are there too many mechanics? Or teachers? Plumbers? Any other profession, for that matter?

A book is something, especially one of fiction, that people use or resort to in their free time, to escape reality and expand their mind, but there are also TV shows and movies that compete for that privilege. Have you ever listened to someone say that there are way too many movies? So, yes, the competition is indeed hard, but you can fight back.

Should I even try?

When you’re writing a story, you’re competing with thousands of other stories, with books, movies, TV shows, comics… There are so many things out there and so many people creating them, so much talent you have to face, that sometimes it does seem impossible to do it.

Let’s face it: it’s really really hard. So, first off, you’ll need to ask yourself: what if…? What if it’s so hard that it isn’t worth it? What if it isn’t my one true calling? What if I can’t handle the fight? What if everything falls apart and I don’t have a plan B?

My advice would be to have a plan B. And then ask yourself all these questions. No matter the actual answers to them, what really matters is if you think it might still be worth it, then you must go through it.

What can I do to detach myself?

Obviously, there are trending themes that are helpful in order to catch the audience’s attention, but, sometimes this isn’t really the right way to go. Actually, it’s pretty important to write about something you really enjoy. It will be a better work, filled with passion and the people who will read your work, will be able to feel it.

Explore your fears and your strengths. For your first book, it could be pretty interesting for you to create a character in the story that is pretty much like yourself. No matter how good or bad the story turns out to be, you’ll gain from it, getting to know yourself better.

Another important point is the originality. No, I’m not telling you that your plot needs to be unique, you can pick up a common basis and write it in a way that makes it interesting and different. Just find a good conflict and explore it, focus on making your characters feel real and alive and the readers will be interested.

And, last but not least: trust yourself, keep writing, even in bad moments, eventually you’ll get there.

Writing is a work of art. It takes time and perseverance

When you want to draw a face, you need to learn how to draw an eye first. Writing uses the same logic. You can’t write a book if you don’t know how to write a chapter, or even a simple scene… You need to get to know and understand every single piece composing the story, so you can write more complex plots and interesting intrigues.

As with any other kind of art, you need to practice in order to improve your work. Write! Just write, every little chance you get, at least a little every day. Learn how to put down on paper those wonderful ideas and images living within your mind.

When an idea come to your head you must write it down on paper. Look at it later and write something. It doesn’t need to be an epic novel, it can just be a short story or even a simple scene. Doesn’t matter what it will become, or whether it’ll become something more that a few sentences. Practice, practice and then practice some more…

Not even the best pieces of art can please everyone

When you make a decision about your writing, you’re also making a decision regarding your audience. When you chose a particular genre, you delimit the people who might want to read your story.

That’s normal and usually desirable, but you need to know how to deal with it. You need to know the kind of audience who might be interested in your work, how to reach them and make them want to keep reading your stories.

However, keep in mind, there’s absolutely no story that can please 100% of the readers (even inside one specific genre). Not even the great masterpieces of world literature can make it, so there’s just one person that should always love your work in order to keep making it better and better: yourself.

Art doesn’t need to equate to ‘hard to understand’

Many people assume that the harder an art work is to understand, the better that work is. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. A good story should have an impact on your readers, make them happy or sad, surprised, fascinated. It should provoke emotions or make them think about it.

It’s hard to be touched by something you don’t understand, isn’t it? So, use your beautiful words and majestic sentences with good judgment and try to put yourself in your reader’s shoes. Remember that they have different experiences from you and try to imagine how other people would interpret what you just wrote.

Invite the reader to elaborate on some parts of the scene that he or she is reading. Provide them with some details and deprive them of some others, so each reader is allowed to see the scene according to his/her experiences. Give descriptions that provide images in his or her mind. Help your readers visualize the same things you had to visualize when you were writing your work. That’ll get you their attention!