Who am I writing for?

For any of you lovely people (and there were a few of you) who took the time to read my first post–thanks!  I won’t lie; it was ridiculously exciting to see that someone had visited my blog and read something that I wrote.  Because sometimes I feel like that might be the only thing anyone ever reads by me.

Now before you think I’m throwing myself a pity party here, I’m not.  I’m not!  Really.  I’m just trying to figure out who I’m writing for.  I had always felt like I was writing for myself (which I am) and then when my friends started asking to read my stuff and they liked it (yay!) I decided that maybe I was writing for them, too.  But now, I’m trying not to fall into the trap of writing for an agent.  Because it’s so tempting to do.  You come across an agent you really like, and you send them something that you are just positive will be right in their wheelhouse, and then you get the dreaded rejection letter.  So, then you stalk them on their blog or their twitter account thinking, “maybe I’ll learn what they really want to see, their wishlist, and I’ll write that.”

It’s so tempting.  It really is.

If I have learned one really important fact about being a writer, it’s this:  I hate the querying process.  It’s so tricky and complicated and time consuming and deflating and I absolutely loathe it (because, let’s face it, I’d rather be writing stories).  I realize its importance, but I am also beginning to realize that I must suck at querying.  Because I’ve only gotten a handful of responses back that weren’t just your standard form rejection letter.  That’s why it can be so tempting to write something from an agent’s wishlist.  You think, maybe if I write what they want, then they’ll like it.

How about you faithful readers out there?  Have any of you faced the dreaded form rejection letter?  Care to share your rejection stories and your uplifting perseverance stories with me?  I’d love to hear them!

In the meantime, I’ll stay strong and carry on and continue to remember the most important thing: write for yourself, first.

I think for my next entry, I’d like to discuss the dreaded topic of genre.  Is it really that hard to fit your novel description into a single genre?  Yeah, sometimes it is.  How do you choose which one really captures your story the best?

Thanks for reading!  May your coffee be strong and your insomnia be productive.

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One thought on “Who am I writing for?

  1. I know exactly how you feel, especially when you see agents say, “I want (insert movie or TV show here) in book form.” I think the key is to write for yourself. The good thing about the querying process is that there are so many wonderful agents out there. Just because this one said no doesn’t mean they all will. It’s like dating. You have to find the one that’s right for you and your project.

    Don’t give up :-). Just keep writing.

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