Monday, January 27, 2014

Writing bravely

It's natural for writers to want to please everyone--readers, critics, editors, salespeople--especially once we're in the position that people are actually reading what we write. After all those years of sharing our work with nobody but a beta reader, the editorial assistants who rejected it, and the cat, the idea of an audience is heady.

Yet it's impossible to please everyone, and a story has its own internal demands. The story wants to be "right" or "true" more than it wants approval. The writer wants to be right and true and make everyone happy; this may be impossible.

So it was with great delight that I found this post by Amparo Ortiz on writing bravely. It's brief but powerful, and you don't have to have read the book she's talking about to appreciate her point. A sample: "Stories that resonate and linger and cling to my bones often have authors who do the unthinkable."

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