We hear that sentence all the time in the publishing world.
What does that even mean? Does it mean write in the genre you love best? Does it mean to write about the things you love to do? I love to bake...should I somehow mix that into my stories?
It's one of those sentences that fall into the category of "write what you know." Yes, because I totally know magic and princesses and giant, man-eating animals.
Ummm...not so much and yet the story that finally got me a book deal is about all of those things (the man-eating animals are only a very, very small portion).
This subject has been on my mind a LOT. I've been restricted to bed rest for the past three weeks. No worries, people! Baby and I are fine. I just have stupid lightheaded spells and am forced to stay down so I don't fall down. It's no biggie.
Writing a book with dozens of characters and three major plot lines is tricky for a dizzy girl. I was having a really hard time ordering my thoughts to keep all that stuff straight.
And then BAM! I have a sparkly new idea for a much simpler story that involves things I love and things I know about!
It's fun and a light and very, very different from anything I've written before. And I can keep the characters straight even when I'm feeling dizzy. I wrote 6K in two days, which is miraculous when I'm feeling good. Are they good words? That's debatable.
There is a point to this blog post, in case you were starting to wonder.
Sparkly new story is easy. Big fantastical project is hard. Should you write stories that you love? YES. Should you write stories that challenge you? SO MUCH YES.
Writing isn't always fun, guys. You can't always write the stuff you love or the stuff you know. But sometimes, it's nice to take that advice (whatever it means) and play with new stories. It may remind you why you started writing in the first place.
Two Goodreads Giveaways - IN THE AFTER & IN THE END
15 hours ago