Know Thyself Challenge: Days 21, 22 And 23; Why Should Someone Read Your Best Seller?

Well, that is, if you WANT to write a best seller :)

The Know Thyself Challenge is nearing its terminus. Theres one more week to go so without further ado…..

Here are today’s questions:

1. If You Held All The Cards, Where Would You Want Your Writing To Take You? Would You Want To Be The New York Times Next Big Hit Or A Voice For The Underground?

If I could choose my writing fate, I would want to be somewhere in between. I’m not after notoriety for my work. I would like recognition, though – be commended that I have produced good work. If I were to be on a best seller list, I would want it to be because I have written a solid piece of fiction, not a ‘this book is so right now’ novel.

2. Why Should Someone Read Your Work?

This question has me stumped. At the end of the day, who am I writing for? My own pleasure or someone elses’? I do write for myself. I write because I have ideas that I can translate into bodies of fiction. If someone out there wants to delve into my mind, read what I have to say, then this will make me feel very proud. So, why should someone read my work? Because it may help them escape their daily slog through work, bills, stress. Because they could think about things they’ve never thought to think about. Because they might learn something.

3. How Do You Hope To Help Your Fellow Writers – Now Or In The Future?

The reason I started my blog was to try and connect with other people in my situation. Aspiring writers putting their creative work ‘out there’, trying to learn and feed from one another. I don’t write a lot of ‘top 5 ways to write a killer novel’ posts but I don’t think that is the point. Learning happens in so many different ways. A fluff post about me suffering debilitating writers block could spurn someone out there to not want to feel the same way, get off their butts and start writing. Bang! There you go. Someone has changed because of my inadvertent help.

I have learnt SO much since I started blogging. This community of writers I have joined has helped me to become a better writer in such a short space of time, I can hardly believe it. If my blog can help even one person in this same way I will be more than happy.

 Now its over to you my fellow writers. Please share your thoughts on todays questions! 

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Writer, reader and conspiracy theorist. Enjoys fiery banter. Hearts vintage typewriters, reading horribly scary books in bed and tortoises.

13 Responses to “Know Thyself Challenge: Days 21, 22 And 23; Why Should Someone Read Your Best Seller?”

  1. Writer’s angst is never fluff! It takes courage to go there…

  2. That’s a difficult question, who am I writing for?

    Here in the UK there’s a big difference in writing for yourself and writing to get published. It’s a shame, but it seems here, you have to write in a specific genre, in a certain way, or kiss goodbye to ever getting your novel out there *deep sigh* :(

    Xx

    • Really?? That’s so restrictive – I’m actually quite surprised. With the UK being such a huge melting pot of talent. Is there even a specific genre anymore, or is that what the publishers expect from the writers? Seems very archaic to me. x

  3. For item number one, I agree. I would like to be commended for my work. What matters more than best-seller’s lists and financial gain is the building of a relationship between the writer (me) and the readers (everyone else.) If there are people reading what I wrote and sending feedback, then I have succeeded in one aspect. Publishing the work, creating the work are the other aspects.

    Number 2 – Why should someone read my work? Because I think it is entertaining. I don’t know if there is some grand takeaway or life altering message, I try to write intelligently, to include thoughts and ideas that may give the reader something to mull over. When it comes down to the brass tacks though, I hope they read my work for the story. To have a good tale told that they derived some enjoyment from. Essentially, the same reasons that I read or go to the movies.

    Number 3- How do I hope to help. I started a blog to discuss my journey through writing and to connect with other writers, much like yourself. I hope to offer advice not only as I stumble through the writing process, but from life experiences that others may not have had. I hope to be a source of encouragement to others, to uplift and promote writers, because they deserve it.

    Anyway, just my two cents. :)

  4. Hmm… interesting questions!

    1. Frankly, I need the money so I’ll take the best seller list! That is assuming that I hold all the cards though. In the real world, my writing is what it is, my voice and my vision are something I believe in and won’t compromise. Whether that takes me to the bestseller list, or to the voice of the underground is probably more a function of the market than something I can control. At least, that is what it feels like to me. :)

    2. I really like your answer to that one, and have to agree. Someone should read my work to feel that tingle of excitement that comes from an unexpected but fitting plot twist, and for a novel ending that lingers past the last page and makes them feel that they’ve met some extraordinary people–even though these were just my imaginary characters.

    3. If I could help even one other writer find the joy I’ve found in bringing my stories to life, I will have done something worthwhile. I would love to encourage people who have been afraid to write the stories in their heads down, and discover that writing is not nearly as hard as some people make it out to be, and really a lot of fun. :)

    • Thanks for commenting Kirsten – I agree with you on everything you said!
      I think when people say ‘best seller’ I tend to imagine the huge literary honchos and I always think ‘wow, I cant imagine getting to that stage!’ but of course, if I were to be paid well for my writing I wouldn’t refuse it! :)

    • Thanks for commenting Kirsten – I agree with you on everything you said!
      I think when people say ‘best seller’ I tend to imagine the huge literary honchos and I always think ‘wow, I cant imagine getting to that stage!’ but of course, if I were to be paid well for my writing I wouldn’t refuse it! :)

  5. Hi honey :)

    I’ve nominated you for a Blog Award. Please don’t feel obligated to accept, but if you’d like to take part here’s the link:
    http://the-view-outside.com/2012/06/27/blog-awards/

    Xx

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