I’m not sure exactly where I first heard this but I think it makes sense. I’m a pretty big believer in writing for your self and no one else.
“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” – Kurt Vonnegut
I don’t know but if I had to guess, I would say the person Vonnegut was referring to is himself. If you try to write to please the masses, you will lose the passion.
I’m a huge fan of Maria Popova from Brain Pickings and she champions this approach. Writing must come from the heart.
What does my heart want to write?
Glad you asked, brosef. It would probably be a little Harry Potter meets Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets Marvel.
Sounds fucking rad right?! I’d read the shit out of that book. Would you?
Non-fiction writing is cool too though. Really, the main goal is to make people smile; to create something that when people read it, they feel something.
But also, you’re learning while you write. Because research. I actually really enjoy doing research and reading so it’s the perfect combination.
And I feel like if I write something that i enjoy, there has to be one other person that feels the same way.
Maybe I’ll write a book about the Browns winning a Super Bowl. Or maybe a story about the Brownies going 8-8. At least then I’d know I’d have the city of Cleveland on board.
It never hurts to dream.
That’s what reading is about. I read fiction to be entertained and to learn about character development, relationship dynamics, and plot. I read non-fiction to learn and to be entertained.
Because let’s face it, if something blows then I’m not going to watch it. Like the Browns. Hence the book.
Have a badass Friday night.