Lately I find myself ruminating more and more on reader expectations, what makes a good story, and where I want my writing to go in the future. I believe it’s important for authors to write stories they think readers of their genre will want to read, as well as writing with a passion for the story they want to tell. Hopefully those two outcomes will cross paths more often than not. I guess that’s the ideal most authors strive for.
Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite quotes about storytelling:
“Having something to say, or something you wish us to experience, is what gives your novel its power. Identify it. Make it loud. Do not be afraid of what’s burning in your heart. When it comes through on the page, you will be a true storyteller.”
I’m sure every writer has crossed this proverbial bridge, eh? Do we follow our heart or follow the trend…
I think it is a lot of the first and some of the second. As authors we can’t help but write what is important to us but we have to keep an ear to the ground to make sure we don’t get run over.
Great thoughts, Sloan! (And you can’t go wrong with Donald Maass, right? *grin*)
Thanks, Em. I think you are right about it being a mix of both. I like what you said…”keep an ear to the ground to make sure we don’t get run over.” That’s what I’m hoping to keep in check as I write from my heart.
And yes on Donald Maass! So much of what he’s said really hits home with me.
Thanks for stopping by!
My dear Sloan, Breathe demonstrates more than ever that you are a true story-teller. I’m proud of you.
Aw, thanks Lena!! That’s quite a compliment. :)
(It would be nice if I got people’s names right. Sorry about the last comment, hon.)