It’s the first Wednesday of August, and guess what! I’m co-hosting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop today along with Lisa Buie Collard, Lee Lowery, and Tara Tyler! Be sure to give them a visit.
July saw my character hashing out his trauma with a long-hated enemy. I admit I’m disturbingly gleeful with how terrible this villain is. She’s a cold-blooded, psychotic killer, and sarcastic to boot. She murdered my character’s family, caused a war, and nearly wiped out the world with her single-minded selfishness. And my character’s stuck with her for the rest of eternity.
It’s been incredibly fun forcing him to face this foe, which brings me to the question of the month.
IWSG Question of the Month – When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
That’s a weird question. It implies readers don’t want original stories. Probably not what the question writer intended, but the either-or setup leaves me with the sense that I’m doing it wrong because neither apply. (I guess I prefer open ended questions rather than trying to shove this squirrel into a box.)
I shamelessly admit I don’t think about the reader when I’m writing. Writing is a purely self-indulgent hobby. Sure, I try to grow, improve, and do my best for other consumers to have a positive experience. But I write to entertain myself.
Does that make my work original? Sadly, no. My magic system stems from my tweenaged Sailor Moon days, with the alt-world travel of Sliders and extensive family trees rivaling Xanth’s character sprawl. The latest short story I wrote was a combo of two ideas I saw online.
Nothing I do is original, but that doesn’t bother me, because I’m having fun.
What about you? Are you having fun with your writing? Do you think readers want original stories? Do you draw inspiration from other sources?