Usually I write a little fluffy post that talks about flowers, puppies, liquor or the like. This week, I took some time to cruise the discussion boards, something that I haven’t done in a while. On one hand, I see that I’m missing a lot while on the other, I think I’m not really missing anything.
I have been in the author business for about three years, and I think that I’ve come a long way in the way I approach the business. First it was all “write what you know”, then it was “write what readers want” then it was “write what you want” etc. etc. Every author is bombarded with mounds of advice on how to write, when to write it and what to write.
The veil is so thin between authors and readers that authors must be very careful to protect themselves. It is so easy these days to write a vicious, evil review that many Internet users take this opportunity to “rip an author a new one”. They don’t like the heroine, she’s too light. They don’t like the heroine, she’s too dark. Her hair is too straight. Her hair is too natural. She wears too much makeup. She doesn’t wear enough makeup. She has low self-esteem. She is too stuck on herself. She’s too fat. She’s too thin. She’s too short. She’s too tall. She’s too wimpy. She’s too kick-ass. She’s too bitchy. She’s a doormat.
Every characteristic I wrote in that last paragraph can apply to each and every person out there. We each have our own opinion about each and every person that we meet. For example, I may think that XXX character is too wimpy while you may think she’s just fine.
Which is why you can’t please everyone, so you know what?
Write the book YOU want to read. You will not please every single reader. Each and every author is influenced by unique characteristics in their lives. Your experience will be different from mine. That’s what makes us human.
Authors, especially new ones. Stay off the discussion boards. You will NEVER please everyone, so stop adjusting your story, your characters, your settings. Your story is your ART. It is a personal expression that has absolutely nothing to do with anyone else.
Keep ya heads up.