There is a difference between what you write for yourself and what you write for everyone else to read ( your readers). It’s not to say that you shouldn’t write what you care about. in fact, you should always what you care about and that you are interested in. You are the one spending hours to make your writing as good as possible, so why not enjoy what you’re writing about?
The problem comes when you try to avoid your passion and follow the latest trend in the reading industry. That’s not genuine or unique.
Write for Yourself. Edit for your Readers.
Write what you love. Write what makes you want to write for hours at a time. Write the project that you’ve been dying to write and pour your heart out in it.
Then edit it for your readers.
Not everything written is meant to be published. Take angry letters, for example. You write them to vent. Sure, there is passion and emotion in them that a lot of people will understand but that’s not publish material. That’s therapy. being able to tell the difference between therapy writing and writing for an audience is a skill writers need to have.
When looking at what you’ve written think about what your readers will get out of it. Think about the investment they took in buying your book and taking the time to read it. You want your readers to be return investors. you want them to keep coming back for more.
Show your readers the same respect that you would want. Don’t give them crap. Give them passion, give them something you’re dying to share with them. A story that they’ll remember and want to tell their friends.
There are lots of ways to be a more effective writer but the main thing to remember is to put your readers first before you publish. But give them something that you care about.
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