“I don’t think about the reader—ever—and I don’t care. The reader is me.”-Bret Easton Ellis
Isn’t this refreshing? I thought so. As a writer (an unpublished writer, at that) there exists a certain amount of pressure to please people with your writing: friends, family, agents, editors, the teenage audience who will (fingers-crossed) hopefully buy it…
This week at MURDERATI, J.D. Rhoades gives advice about “Forgetting about marketability, forgetting about expectations, forgetting about ‘what will my agent/editor/spouse/mom think if she reads this’, and just letting the story come out the way it plays in your head. Trusting your own vision and talent. Listening ‘to what you care about, what you truly ache to say.’”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to make your agent and editors and audience happy, and not be a pain or a diva, but the notion that writing entirely for yourself and giving up any preconceived notions about what others want is just…well, uplifting.
Or not. What do you think?