Yes, I did have too much fun with that title :D
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So here I am, sitting at my desk with a killer horror story (buh-dum-ching!) and the realization that everyone I know will hate it. They may even disown me for it. I did, after all, use the “s” word a couple of times.
I have two choices. I can go back, edit out everything that makes my story TRUE as in true to the story that came to me, make everyone I know happy and end up with a mediocre story at best. Or, and here’s where the guts come in, I can edit it the way it is, leaving in all the grit, all the grime, all the ... er… guts, and find some agents and editors and publications that like that sort of thing.
And I get published.
And I let it slip that I’m published aaaaannnd those aforementioned people ask to read it.
Well, I’ll warn them. “You won’t like it. Trust me. It's dark. Reeeeal dark.” And that would pretty much stop them right there. Except my mom. She’d still read it because I wrote it (love you, Mom!) and she’d tell me it was good but she didn’t like it. Now then, what’s the worst thing that could happen? One of those kind souls reads it and is scared senseless and can’t sleep for six weeks, yells at me about it and promptly disowns me and my cat. Hey, I did say “worst case scenario”- run with it!
Guess what? It would hurt. I would be devastated. BUT-and this is a big but- it’s ok. They’ll simmer down. They’ll start sleeping without a night light. And I’ll see them again and talk to them and tell them, “I told you so.” They won’t be happy and they will never read anything I write again (even if I use a pen name and write inspirational comedy). It’s ok because I was true to the story. I allowed the story to speak through me and I sent it out into the world to FIND THE PEOPLE IT WOULD SPEAK TO.
The bottom line is this: we write for an audience even if we don’t know who that audience is. Even if we never meet half the people who read our work, we have an audience. If we’re lucky, it will contain people we know and love. If not, no worries. New friends will appear in the realm of your genre. New experiences will lead you to people who write what you write and understand where you’re coming from.
WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE. Have the GUTS to do that. You love Romance but everyone you know thinks it’s insignificant and shallow? Who cares? Write the best darn romance you can write and prove them wrong! Stand up for yourself and your dreams. Stay balanced, write from your gut, and you WILL succeed in the arena you’re meant to play in.
Write bold, write fearless!
I feel like I rambled there. Did I ramble? Eh…who cares. What do you think? Any more thoughts on the topic? Do you think I’m full of bunk and need my head examined? Let me know!