Authoress blogged about writing for the market vs. your heart yesterday. It got me thinking about why I write. I’ve actually been thinking about this for a couple of weeks, since the NCWA conference.
I’ve always written the stories that lived in my heart. I’ve never been interested in writing to market trends because when you do that, you end up missing the trend. Or worse, you’re viewed as someone trying to catch a ride on what’s hot and unless your manuscript is SO awesome that it gets past the slush pile, it may end up hurting you. By all means, write a gripping novel but don’t say (or think) it will be the next Hunger Games. There’s only one of those.
This gets me to the deeper question of why I write. That’s not an easy answer and I’m still exploring it as I move forward with the revision of my WIP and start contemplating the start of my third novel. I guess the bottom line for me is this: I want to write an entertaining story that people will revisit again & again. If the story happens to make them think a little bit about a topic, that’s a bonus.
All stories have messages, whether or not the writer intends or even believes so. Good stories with tangible, relateable messages live beyond the current trend, the bestseller list, the flash in the pan – those books live on forever because they transcend just the written word. They carry heart and that’s the story I want to write.
What about you? What stories reside in your heart that are screaming to be told? Why do you write?