WRITE TO and FOR YOURSELF
Last week I offered you a list of progressive steps that I hope will help you begin this New Year with a flurry of writing that leads you to fame and fortune. However, today, let’s pause a moment and consider who your Readers’ are and why they will buy your books.
Why do “readers” READ? Lots of studies have been done by universities and science groups. Here are three of the top statistical discoveries:
- Entertainment value. The human mind simply needs to escape into another world in order to survive the world we’re in. The subject matter can be as diverse as swashbuckling historic fiction or the dietary needs of the largest land-living arthropod in the world—the Giant Coconut Crab. If the story elements are “fun,” people will buy the book, read and enjoy it.
- Sparking the imagination. As readers are entertained, their imagination takes flight because they’re discovering something new. This cyclic circle of reading-imagining-discovering does something amazing in the human brain as synapses fire and we become smarter! Yes, really smarter…which in turn…
- Reading makes readers more attractive. What? Yep, more attractive. While turning the pages of all those fun and imaginative books, a person absorbs a wider vocabulary. Then, when using that more diverse word-bank, other people are drawn to them, seeking the exchange of “fun” and ideas.
Most writers instinctively know these things and appreciate reading almost more than anything else. However, the food-for-thought that I’d like to leave you with today is: Write for yourself, first, and the readers will follow.
No matter how much research is done and passed forward to teach writers how to write, the real magic can’t happen until the writer connects to the reader. And, sad-to-say, it is impossible to connect to every reader. Thus the topic/heading of this blog: Write TO yourself and FOR yourself. Review the three statistics listed above and fold them into your topic and/or plot selections. What sparks your imagination? What genres entertain you? When you’re talking with a group of people, what topic holds-the-floor during the conversation? As you answer these questions for yourself, you will begin developing your writing projects along these lines—your stress levels will decrease and the pages will flow.
And, in the midst of all this creativity, don’t forget to research WHERE you will publish! The self-publishing business is a big one and not all companies are the right fit for you or your genre.
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|