There’s something fetching about the object of writing the next “Great” novel or screenplay, but do you really want to hang your hat on the wall of another’s success? Better yet, does the story, does your story truly align with the bestseller list? No? Good. Good writing comes from a place of genuine interest. You can’t fake that. And try as you might should you decide to chase the market, the best you’ll ever do is write a false story misaligned, a maligned object d’art of vacuous estrangement — to quote the timeless effervescence of that great philosopher of the early aughts, Peter Griffon:
As a writer, it can be tempting to write with the market in mind. We may feel pressured to conform to popular trends or write what we think will sell. But true artistry and creativity come from writing your story, not the market’s.
Here’s a manifesto to remind us of the importance of writing for ourselves and not solely for the market:
- Write from the heart: When you write, let your passion and creativity flow. Write what you love and what excites you. Don’t be afraid to share your unique voice and vision.
- Don’t follow the trends: Writing to the market may lead to a quick sell, but it won’t necessarily lead to a lasting legacy. Trends come and go, but originality stands the test of time.
- Trust your instincts: Only you know your story best. Don’t let outside pressures dictate your creative process. Follow your gut and trust your instincts.
- Take risks: Great writing comes from taking risks and being vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to explore uncomfortable topics or experiment with new styles.
- Embrace your differences: Your unique perspective and experiences make your story valuable. Don’t try to fit into a mold or be like someone else. Celebrate your differences and use them to enrich your writing.
- Write for yourself first: Writing is a form of self-expression, and you should always prioritize your own artistic vision. Write for yourself first, and the right audience will find you.
- Don’t compromise your vision: While feedback and critiques can be helpful, don’t let them compromise your artistic vision. Stay true to your story and your voice.
- Write to connect: At the heart of great writing is a desire to connect with others. Write to inspire, to challenge, to entertain, or to educate, but always write with the intention of connecting with your readers.
So there ya have it, writing is an art form, and true art comes from within. Don’t write to the market, write your story. Trust your instincts, take risks, and embrace your unique voice. Write for yourself first and the right audience will find you. Let your passion and creativity flow, and always write with the intention of connecting with your readers
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