By VC Willow – Writer of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Epic Fiction
Love writing zombie apocalypse novels, vampire love stories, literary fiction or urban fantasy? Then just write those novels don’t listen to those that would tell you your writing is less than worthy.
There is a surplus of talent in the writing community and if you love writing then you should write what you love. Don’t listen to those that tell you that there is a limited value to what you write or what others write. If there is a market for your writing and you can get it to reach your audience then it will sell. I can’t guarantee in what volume it may sell, but there will more than likely be some audience out there for your writing as long as you write well through knowing the art and craft of writing, understand that you must find your audience and be willing to keep learning for the rest of your career.
There is also a golden rule for writing that you mustn’t forget above all others:
Like life in general, life as an author isn’t fair – get use to it
Don’t waste your time bitching and moaning about how the market is full of writers without talent or less talented than you. They were lucky and they captured an audience. Just because people want to sometime read books that aren’t intellectual dynamite it doesn’t mean the world has gone to hell in a handcart or that things are somehow exponentially worse than they use to be at some unspecified time of yore (seen through rose-tinted spectacles). Writers should spend less time complaining and winging about ‘how unfair it is’ and more time writing, enjoying their craft and encouraging and supporting other writers.
Look, I may not be interested in reading one more damned cursed brooding vampire going for a barely pubescent young girl who makes her whole life circle around his every (garlicless) breath (sic). But I do recognise that at different times people want to read differing types of novels and sometimes they don’t want a six-foot deep tome written in ye olde classical style of writing. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. In short sometimes people want an easy read that they can just lose themselves in and if you write that type of fiction and love it then write it and love what you write. Enjoy your passion. Just because the vast majority of Vampire love stories (in my opinion and excluding Dracula as it is my most thumbed book in my library) are badly written, clichéd, logically flawed sentimental tripe that doesn’t mean anything it is simply my opinion – that doesn’t mean that I don’t value that other writers have found a market for it. It’s all about respecting differences and accepting that taste in reading is a subjective and personal thing, so don’t be swayed by other people’s values, beliefs and perceptions.
There are too many people who will glory in telling you over and over how the market is flooded with ‘talentless’ and ‘wannabe’ writers, learning the art and craft of writing is not restricted to the blessed few so if you love to write get writing. You can write and be successful – bask in your imagination and the limitless possibility you possess to entertain others with your words.