The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

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August 3rd question – 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?

Jayden: I write for myself. I tried writing to get published, but especially in the world of kinky smut, they often want very specific things. As a bisexual switch, sometimes I want a variety of things in one story. It depends on my mood. So when I write and self-publish, I can write whatever combinations I want. It’s very freeing. I just keep reminding myself of the best writing advice I’ve ever been given: write what you want to read.

Richard: For most genre writing, I think you should be trying to do both. If you’re writing a fantasy story, people want to see some dragon slaying or whatever. But you should be trying to do your dragon slaying in an original way. Have your peasants give the dragon more and more tributes until it’s suffocated/crushed under it’s horde!

Original or Give ’em What They Want?

5 thoughts on “The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG

  1. I like my dragons unslain, or doing the slaying, tyvm. 😜

    The people are usually told what they want by others, influencers, media, ads…
    People who know what they want and can’t find it tend to write it themselves.

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  2. I’m terrible at thinking about what the reader might want. I usually have to rely on critique partners to tell me if something is missing, and I’ll try to fix it, but it’s always an afterthought.

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