“They” say write for yourself, write what you know… guess what – It’s not entirely true, especially in fiction.
There are rules in the book writing world. Of course you can break them. You can write the book with every other paragraph from a different point of view. You can write a book with no plot, just a meandering story with a few intertwined characters. You can write a book about a loveable dog who gets lost, chased down and killed.
But will people like it? Will people even read it? The 3by3 Writing Method is a plan to finish and publish a book, which is entirely doable. However, publishing is not selling and self-publishing is not going to work unless the story is interesting and the book is marketed.
I recently wrote a blog about the book called “The Help” that was rejected by over 60 literary agents. Yes, getting representation and published by a traditional published is incredibly hard and actually a collaboration of writer, agent, editor and publisher. Even then, there are “sacrifices” to please those who want the best for the book.
It’s even harder to please these people and your potential audience if you have twenty points-of-view in the first chapter or an incredibly depressing plot that will send any reader into therapy.
How do you discover the compromise writing for yourself AND the expectations of agents, publishers, publicists, bookstores and a very demanding audience?
Reading other books, current books, not Moby Dick or a Tale of Two Cities, especially those in your general area. No, you don’t have to copy them. No, you don’t have to do it exactly that particular way. But you will see patterns that readers not only expect, but enjoy.
Many people want to travel, but most do not want to go into jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization and take incredible risks. We like safety and the familiar. On the other hand, we don’t all want to see a McDonald’s after we’ve hiked up the mountainside of Machu Picchu.
So, even writing for yourself is difficult because you want to be original, but not that original. After all you are probably going to be forced into writing in English, and in complete sentences grouped in paragraphs.
Yes you will be forced to pleased those people known as agents, publishers and book buyers- you know, people who read books.