I see the posts on Facebook and I used to read them. Authors asking what literary trends readers are tired of. The most recent list was filled with comments like, insta-love, love triangles, billionaires, dominatrix’s, and alpha males that are really just a**holes and not alpha at all.
I try to avoid reading these lists. Why? Because whether I like it or not, people influence my writing. I try not to let it happen, but invariably it does. I read that people don’t want to read about billionaires, so then I want to make sure I never write about a billionaire, no matter how much I want to write the story or how awesome I think the character in my head is. My knee jerk reaction is to delete it.
But then I read that people WANT to read about billionaires and I’m torn. Which crowd to I cater to? Do I write about billionaires or not? At this point I’m running in circles…NOT writing anything for fear of writing the wrong thing.
I stopped reading lists of what readers want and don’t want. I’m going to write my books the way I want to write my books. I’ll create the stories that are inside me and morph them into something hopefully totally awesome. Something I hope people will read and enjoy. That’s it. That’s all any of us can do. We can only write the stories that are inside of us. We can’t reach around into everyone’s head and write the stories they all want to read.
We can’t please everyone, so I’ll start with pleasing myself and hopefully the world will follow.
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Hi! It’s me again.
Sooo I just wanted to drop in and give a bit of an update.
I’m doing a fair deal better than I was. I am now going from having no feelings other than soul-crushing despair to a million different feelings that I literally have no name for.
You think I’m kidding.
I am not.
But seriously. Thanks for sticking around. I’m amazed that I’m still getting followers when I’ve been posting so little. So I’d like to promise all of you that it’s not normally like this and that we’ll get back to a regular schedule when I feel up to it. I’m working up to it. I’ll try to post here and there for now—it’s better than the nothing I’ve been giving you.
And finally—the big one:
I just hit the 1,000-followers mark!
Welcome! Hi! You’re awesome! Thank you for joining us!!!
Over 1,000 posts and exactly 1,000 followers and 3 years later, we’re still here. Holy crap.
I truly appreciate your support, whether you’ve been with me since the beginning or whether you just followed me an hour ago. You’re awesome, and I appreciate you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. <3
I’m currently teaching two sections of English 100 and working on my thesis and dealing with a thousand emotional/brain-chemical issues, so I’m doing my best with what I have. I’m starting to manage things better, so I should be back up to speed soon-ish. I’m trying my best.
You have no idea how much I appreciate all of you. Thanks for hanging in there.
There are a few of you that I have messages from, and I do promise I will get to you soon. It’s been very difficult for me to talk to people. Social anxiety crap. I’m just now breaking out of that and should be able to talk to people like normal soon. :)
So just hang in there for a bit longer and we’ll be back to the way things are around here. Thank you again, and it makes me really happy to know that I’m helping people. <3
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This is beautiful.
A writer is someone who has all the words in the world except the ones he needs right now.
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Hey, everyone. Thanks for sticking in there. My personal stuff just keeps getting worse.
And the fact that I’m now a person who assigns homework isn’t helping because I just feel a bit like Satan even though the assignments are easy.
I’m really trying to push through and things on here will eventually get back to normal.
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One of my original intentions for this celebration was to do a mega-post with a bunch of popular prompts and other tidbits that people may not have seen or might have forgotten about.
However, because I’m pushing myself a lot as it is, that mega-post will be slightly delayed. It will get done. I’m compiling a list. I’m getting there. I just need time.
On that note, how about some more inspiration?
Just remember that you are unique.
No one can tell your story but you.
No one can tell it like you.
It might seem derivative and trite and pointless to you.
To someone else, it is a work of art.
Even writing that you think is bad? It helps you.
You grow from it. You learn what you do and don’t like.
Never stop creating.
You are creative.
You are special.
You are important.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I have many wonderful followers. I love you all, and I can’t even begin to express how much I appreciate your support and patience. I try to be as reliable and helpful as possible, but I often falter. Thanks for sticking around. Let’s keep going up and outward. There is still a lot left of this world to see together.
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