Write with passion


I never know if you should follow my advice, but here’s some advice about writing which I am pretty sure you should not follow. Make your lives easy.

Most successful authors generally talk about knowing one’s market. I have a problem, I never know about markets. Though I talk about it, the truth is I don’t know who my market is.  I write the story, I want to write.

For me, that means writing stories that I believe needs telling. When I see injustices, I mirror it in my longer works. The world is not simple. In many books, there is a problem and when the problem is fixed the story is over. That isn’t how I write.

There are problems we may fix in our lifetimes, and problems we might not. So it is within the story. There are problems, some which will be solved and problems for the main characters to overcome, but not everything will be overcome. Part of the problem is that I write angry. I see a news article about an injustice, and I shove it directly into my writing.
Other Systems CoverThe entirety of the Other Systems Series deals with poverty, fear of an other, ignorance. Each book has different issues. The Light Side of the Moon will deal with economic slavery, homelessness, antibiotic resistance,  the loss of pollinators, the acidification of the ocean, power struggles within the prison system.

Finally, I write about people with morals that may or may not be yours. They aren’t even always my own morals.  Some are religious. Some of them are idealists on a crusade.  Some are just people just trying to get by in an immoral world. 

Mostly, the series revolves around characters who must challenge the system in which they are born and become more. I write these stories, because I am passionate about these types of stories. 


7 responses to this post.

  1. Writing about something that stirs emotion in you is far better than writing to satisfy a certain market. When the time comes to promote your book, your passion will come through in your sales pitch, and I believe that’s far more effective than any amount of market research. That said, I’m not a bestselling author…


  2. Posted by Denise on January 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Great post!


  3. I agree with Alison. I’ve always written for myself; the story I want to write. Markets change and by the time you’ve written a story, the market may have changed and it won’t be effective.


    • I agree with Alison too, but I also spent Tuesday night speaking to someone who disagreed with me about writing whatever I want. He thought I should Mainly because I am second guessing every little thing about TLSotM.


      • I think everybody is entitled to an opinion, but that doesn’t mean they are right. I could be wrong after all.

        I think if you go back to Other Systems, I could be wrong but by your post, actually reading the book and getting to know you as a person, it’s obvious OS was a passionate write combining your love of SciFi with problems with the world. And you got published by 48Fourteen.

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