Funny thing about fiction is that everyone has a different take on what a fictional story-line should include but you see, the problem is that one’s imagination is like a thumbprint. No one will ever see what you see, even if they are looking at the same thing. Such is the same with fiction. As a reader, a fictional story never impacts you the same way it does another, even though you’ve read the same text.
I’ve often wondered, how many different books can you find that have ever been written with a hero’s journey? Same thing with a world built surrounding a damsel in distress? At some point, I feel that books will become like music. Someone will take a classic and retell it in their own manner…the modern day fan fiction will be how fiction will spring tv viewers back into the word world, but you see, it’s the unique approach that makes the difference, that make curiosity the hold.
My second, most important piece of teaching that I focus on in my coaching course is why it’s important to write for yourself. Let me say, there’s a lot to be taught, as far as elements are concerned, that go between my first tip and this one. I find that if you’re not planning on making your book something you yourself are going to want to read, then what’s the point. I’ve learned, the hard way in fact, that when you sit down to write a book, it’s because you feel a pull from within to express a piece of your soul. The story may be fictional, but I will tell you, it is yours. It’s coming from the very depths of your sub-conscious mind. When you can close your eyes and see the very character’s doing everything you are about to write….that is dreaming in broad daylight.
When a person can do that, take those images, and make it into literal actions on paper, well my friend, you’ve become a sort of alchemist and that is a genuine gift. I question you at this point, why would you write something that someone is telling you to write versus writing something that literally comes from you naturally?
I’ve fought this battle before, sitting for hours in front of my laptop screen writing shit because a friend of mine wanted me to write about something specific that wasn’t actually resonating with me. I call it shit because it turned out boring and stale. I couldn’t even read it to know if it was riddled with mistakes but I knew deep down that there was no life to it. The hard truth, that comes with being a story teller, is that you may write the most incredible story that the world will ever hold but there will always be someone on this plane of existence that won’t enjoy your work….and that’s okay! But don’t you dare think that you will find peace with writing something that doesn’t come from your heart.
These books, they become your children. They are more than art, they are creation. When you look back on them, their physical existence will be filled with emotions rather then actually knowing what’s inside. When you write for yourself, you’ll always be able to pick up one of your own works and flip to your very favorite page and feel exactly the emotions you felt when you originally wrote the words. That doesn’t change over time.
Anyhow, my point is, if any of these tips come to mean something to those I am reaching, remember that being true to what you are imagining is the most important part of getting it all out there. Write for you, because if you’re writing for yourself, your feelings won’t hurt when someone writes a review you don’t agree with on Amazon or Goodreads.