Oct. 21st, 2014 06:28 am
daidoji_gisei: (Kakita Hideshi)
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I woke up this morning in the same frame of mind that I went to bed with. The outline was a waste of time better spent cleaning. Even accepting that I could write a non-horrible novel, I can't write to the popular taste. I should stick to crochet: at least then I'm making something useful.

Date: 2014-10-21 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thewormthatflies
I read all your L5R stuff way back when, and I for one would love to keep reading your writing outside that universe or even genre. I can't promise that I will like it, but I think the odds are pretty good.

I don't know what literary genre your story and novel fit into, but modern SFF at least seems to me to be diverse and broad enough to have room for fiction that caters to minority tastes. At least I read a lot of stuff which I don't think can be considered "popular" but nevertheless receives some degree of critical recognition.

I don't know if this is helpful at all; I'm just a random person on the intertubes. But I think you're a very talented writer, and I would hate to see you discouraged completely before you even get started. :/

Date: 2014-10-21 10:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alashandra
There are a lot of books out there that aren't to the popular taste. They still get published, though, and people do buy them.

But. I think you need to remember that, no matter what, you're not going to please everybody. It's impossible. Tell the story that you want/need to tell. Shop it around to agents. They may well tell you no, and that's okay. Some of them may give you advice on how to make it better. That is good. And if they don't, that's okay, too.

At the end of the day, the only person who has to be absolutely happy with the way that the book has turned out is you. Write for yourself. The rest will take care of itself.

Date: 2014-10-22 04:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
Okay, I'm going to break this down strategically. You don't need to answer me, but it's important to be honest with yourself about what you're trying to get out of this in order to go after this. (This is true of writers in general, of course.)

By "other people read what I've written" does it matter to you what the venue is--paid pro or semipro zines? Or would self-publishing work for you too? What about fanfiction?

By "other people read what I've written" do you simply mean that the work is out there, available to be read? It already sounds, for instance, like having a circle of friends who read your fiction is not sufficient for your needs. Do you need some sort of affirmation that it's being read, in the form of personal feedback or reviews or kudos (something that AO3 has, probably other places as well; basically the same as a "like" on FaceBook rather than a detailed comment)? Related to that, and also important: how important to you is it that the feedback/reviews be positive? In professional sf/f there is no guarantee ever of a positive review. I get plenty of negative ones myself. (I'm sure you have plenty of stories to tell me from L5Rdom as well.) In fanfiction there is generally a culture that you either say nice things or nothing at all (there have been some exceptions, but this is the overall tendency). How important is that to you?

Finally, the unavoidable part of this is that yeah, it would be nice to have guaranteed readers before having written the story, but most of us are not Stephen King or whoever. It is not guaranteed that people will like or read the story you have written, and that's discouraging; but it is guaranteed that if you don't write the story, no one can read it, period. Weight it as you will.


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