“Write What You Love”
Let’s take a peek at the cogs inside the machine and talk about why I write and how I write on Behind the Scenes Sunday! Today I’d like to talk about the common piece of writing advice, “write what you love”, and how taking that advice to heart has changed my life for the better.
As a new writer, I think the advice I came across the most often was to “write what you love”. The thinking behind this nugget of wisdom is multifaceted. If you truly write what you love, write a story you are passionate about, the idea is that that passion and love will shine through your work and speak to readers. I’ve also found that it’s necessary to write what you love because you are going to be spending countless hours, days, weeks, months, and potentially years with the same story and if you don’t honestly and truly love it, it’s going to drive you crazy and make you hate the whole process of writing.
Personally, I have always tried to write what I love. Even when I was told that there was no market for what I was writing, even when I was told that what I was writing was too different, or too niche, or too ‘insert-word-here’. It was important for me to put out the kind of stories into the world that I wanted to read myself. I only ever want to produce work that I can be proud to hand someone face to face and I am so pleased that every book I’ve published so far I feel confident doing just that.
More than that, however, I truly believe that following this advice, “write what you love”, has led my career to the point I have reached. When you write what you love, others who love what you love will find you. You will connect with each other and find ways to lift each other up. I owe a lot to sticking by what I love and writing the stories I wanted to write when I think about why I’ve enjoyed the success that I have.
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