Writer Worry

Writers worry about all sorts of things. I’m not different, only I guess I figure I worry so much about everything that I don’t notice the writer worry.

I hear from writers who worry that because one person may not have loved their book that it’s no good. I hear from others about trying to decide if they should pursue a story because someone else told them that it wasn’t original.

Guess what? It doesn’t matter in either case.

Even the best books have detractors. Writing a story is subjective and different stories will appeal to different readers. The challenge is finding those readers.

And you know what else? Every basic story has been done. But it’s never been in the way a particular writer wants to do it. Even a story closely copied can be strong if the writer’s voice and perhaps that single unique take makes it a little different. Look at all the fairy tale retellings out there–each is the ‘same story’ but with a slightly different spin. Even those that go in the same direction are different because each author brings a different lens to the retelling of the fairy tale.

Writers should stop worrying and tell the story they want to tell, in their own voice and then find the readers who want to read that exact thing.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. This information is given in the interest of transparency and to comply with EU laws regarding the collecting of information. My contact form does collect this information, however I do not use it other than to respond to inquiries and comments via that form. The comment forms on any posts on the blog also collect information. Again, I do not use this other than to respond to inquiries and questions. I do use a third party security plugin that collects information on IP addresses so they can scan for malicious users and bots. To my knowledge they do not use this information in any other way, nor do they sell this information to other users.