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    Your experience

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by lost123, Feb 4, 2011.

    what makes you enjoy any writing?

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    Readers are individuals with individual tastes. There is no one correct answer.

    Certain genres are more popular than others. Romance has long been the bestselling genre in fiction.

    If you're asking because you want to write what's popular, that's the wrong way to go about things. Writing requires hard work, dedication, and passion for the story you're telling. Write the story you want to tell--there are readers out there who will enjoy whatever type of story that may be. If you "fake it" by writing a story that doesn't personally appeal to you, readers will know. If you even manage to finish.

    Chasing trends and popularity is a terrible idea for an artist. By the time you finish writing your story, something else could be popular. ;)
     
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    Mostly, readers like well-written fiction.
     
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    I understand that but I want to learn more to write better. I am really focused on these stuff, I want to write something likable and smart in its way.

    Thanks for replaying
     
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    If you want to write well then be an omnivorous reader and read whatever you can get your hands on. Once you find what you're really passionate about writing, then write that.
     
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    Write the kind of story you want to read. Seriously.
     
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    If your answer would not be helpful, then please don't write it. I asked questions.And I am interested in what others might like.You might find my questions annoying but that's why I want to learn what others might like.

    I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.
    Lou Holtz
     
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    Take a look at bestseller lists and see what kinds of books make it on there. Those are the books readers like to read.

    Just keep in mind that this doesn't necessarily mean that the books that appear on those lists are well-written.
     
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    I've always found fantasy/romances to be the most popular. My self, I enjoy mid-evil and fantasy the most.

    I'll always tell people to write what ever it is that they like to write after going into a popular area one time or 2 to rack up the readers. Once you pull out of that area some of the readers might follow you. If you don't care how many peopel read it, then I think that you should just write what you feel like writing and let the world decide if they want to read it.
     
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    Thanks and I just want to include everything in one piece of work.But I would try to focus on what people like mostly and what I like.It helps my brain to become healthy..
     
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    Trying to appeal to the mass public is a bad idea (especially for a new writer). Flannery has some good advice about writing the stuff you like to read.
     
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    I know it is a bad idea but I write for practice. I proofread a lot and I try hard to make the piece of writing as perfect to me as possible.I don't write for profession, just to enjoy my time and challenge my brain.And I search in what subject I write.Also, I practice writing in a specific area.
     
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    Actually, that answer was a very serious and honest answer.

    Start out by writing a story you would want to read whatever genre that may be. You'll end up developing your own style as you go. The more you write, the more practice you get. The more practice you get, the better your writing becomes. If you don't like what you write first, then you can always go back later and edit it.

    The bottom line is, if you don't enjoy what you are writing, you aren't going to write a very good story.
     
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    Just a suggestion, but if someone is going to spend time to respond with a positive answer, I highly recommend respecting it, even if you don't agree with it.

    By the way the original question is phrased, it sounds like you're looking for an easily marketable story (it seems your not a native English speaker, so it might just be the translation). There is no such thing as a sure fire story or the perfect book. Everything is hit or miss, really. Nobody can explain why two books, written equally well, do so drastically different in sales.

    Also, as Thirdwind said, making your story too broad is detrimental. Keeping track of a number of characters and plot arcs can become tedious enough in one genre. Consider it a finite amount of space in a box. You can only fit so much in it and the more of item A you put in, the less of item B it can hold.

    But nothing prevents you from writing multiple genres. Most writers stick to one type, but there are a number who write whatever they fancy at the time.

    I suggest putting pen to paper and simply writing whatever comes to mind. See where it takes you. You can also pick the 4 W's from random newspaper titles (Who, What, When, Where) then come up with the why as you write the story. It's a good exercise.
     
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    The books I write never end up where I intend them.

    My action/adventure turned into a fantasy lol, my comedy slapstick is now an incredibly dark story etc

    Personally i love all genres, something that I can be transported with and be in the story.
     
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    A few people want a beautifully crafted artifact, some people want a ripping yarn, in their favourite genre. Others just want a good laugh, or graphic images of violence (sorry to say), or sex. It depends what you are into--everyone is different, as posters have pointed out.

    BUT there's no point in thinking, 'Oh, an e.g. bodice ripper has this, this, and this in it, easy. I'll go ahead and write one of those.' You need to read plenty of your chosen genre and then set to work in a frame of mind as far as possible removed from cynicism or p**s-taking as possible. If you are merely in it for the money, or you think it's easier than writing more highbrow stuff, you will fail--tired experience speaking here.

    Even 'bad writing' can succeed if it has that certain something to it which makes the work stand out from the others in the slush pile (we'll not have a talk about Twilight etc again here I guess!) Fantastic writing can still miss mass reader appeal--it can be plain boring, too demanding on the average reader, etc etc.
     
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    I truly believe there isn't a correct answer to this question... The answer will be different for each person that you ask. We all have different tastes.

    I would suggest that if you want to practise writing, the best way to go is by writing what you enjoy... If you are writing something you personally feel passionate and excited about, it will translate into your work and it will be easier to hook a reader.
     
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    Don't even think about other people. Concentrate on writing what you want to write. When the writing is done, then think about publication or whatever it is you have in mind. Otherwise you're simply getting ahead of yourself.
     
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    Thanks, a great response indeed.I will rephrase the question or change it.
     

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