But Few Will Listen…
The advice: Never let anyone tell you to not write something because it won’t sell. Never decide to not write something because it has been done to death before.
Why I say no one will listen is because so many indie writers are wrapped up in writing to market, writing what they think will sell, or what some unknown person on the internet thinks will sell. And every indie writer thinks they have to be original with ideas and plotting when nothing is every original in either one.
Tonight I read a story by an author. A really old idea, one I had seen a hundred times and rejected almost a hundred times. But the difference?
I had not seen this story, this idea done by this author before.
Understand that simple statement?
I had seen the plot, a very old plot, and the setting, a very old setting, hundreds of times. Cliche didn’t begin to describe it, and normally I would have stopped reading when it became clear it was going to be the same as all the others because the writer was imitating and rewriting. But this writer allowed personality and voice, both author and character, to come through the story from the first moment. And what was old to me became new and wonderful.
Each of us is what makes a story unique.
It is the writer that creates a story that will sell. Not some genre or some sort of plot or some sort of secret marketing handshake. Nope, it is the writer, if the writer allows himself to be in the story with the character.
That’s why my advice to writers is always just write what you want. If you write what you want, you will be in your stories and even if the idea is old and worn, you will make it unique if you just write it from your heart and leave it alone, don’t rewrite it, let the parts that are you stay in the story.
So write what you want. And keep it fun.
You just never know when you will make something old new again because you are a unique person and you made it yours.