Insecure Writers Want to Know
Well, hopefully my original idea or story IS what readers want. A good adventure. An insightful read. Characters to care about. That’s what I enjoy reading, anyway.
While I understand that writers need to consider the market to see where their stories or books fit into the conversation on a topic or a popular genre, writers still need to write what’s in their hearts and what’s on their minds. Yes, we consider the readers of our stories in the sense that we give them what they are looking for. On a topic. In a specific genre. We give readers what we promise to in our writing. And our writing, our series need to be original. A writer can still be original while following the conventions of a genre or non-fiction piece.
In my college memoir, I use fiction methods to create a true story. A beginning, middle, and end, with tension and conflict. [I hope!] I have the inciting incident; the reason Victoria chooses to attend college at this time in her life. There is a midpoint to the journey story. An “all is lost” scene and a climax.
I’m in the process of yet another read-through, making sure the characters are real to the reader. That the emotion is on the page. This college memoir is a narrative with dialogue, a story told chronologically. And—gosh—I hope it will be original and what readers are looking for to give them inspiration and courage.
*Please feel free to offer any insight you may have about the methods I’m using to tell my college story. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. *
So, I’m lucky. My July writing event on conflict in story went well, too. My next in-person Workshop Event will be at the Maple Shade Library in New Jersey. If you are in the area, please stop by. I’d love to meet you. This is a free writing event for participants.
Here are the details:
Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 2 p.m.
“The Arc of the Character”
Maple Shade Library
200 Stiles Ave.
Maple Shade, New Jersey 08052
(856) 779-9767, ext. 311
Please register for the event at the Burlington County Library System.
Now I’m off to see how you’ve tackled this month’s question. It’s wonderful having a topic to share our thoughts on each month. I am extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors on this writing and publishing journey.
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