But also wrong.
Because dammit, apparently readers are all the rage.
And apparently we have to tell OUR stories the way our readers will accept it. And apparently there are many shoulds and shouldn'ts when it comes to this. They are the driving force behind our work, after all. If we're not writing for our work to be read, then what are we doing? Sure. We do it for us. How sweet. But not really. We do it for them . . . our lovely readers.
Here's my problem and reminder all in one:
there's a difference in writing for readers & in writing for reviewers.Often we get lost in thinking of the critiques. Of what has already been done. Of what reviewers will say. Of the ratings they will give that part of us we decided to share but chopped up so they would give us a favorable amount of stars. Sometimes those "reviewers" don't exactly care if this is the way your darling soul felt the story went down when it was pouring out your bleeding veins. Nope. If they can't relate, then you suck. And we'd like to think, "well, what do you know? Tell your own story your way if you want." If only it was that easy . . . because, did you know? Reviewers are also all the rage in our world, so we have to play nice.
Sure, technically readers and reviewers are one and the same.But its the way we approach our writing when thinking of them that matters. You know, if you don't focus on just how you want to tell your story for you. Let's be honest, they're at the back of our minds when writing one way or another. We have to just remember that our readers will read and feel our stories if we write it and convey it that way. We have to not get lost in the "but it must be completely and absolutely unique" aspect of it, because we need them to relate after all and sometimes the overthinking is what causes disconnects. We have to remember that even on a given day we ourselves hate and love our work, so we just have to keep our fingers crossed we didn't catch them on a bad day (bribery might work here).
We also have to remember that most readers do not leave reviews. And the ones who do? It's always a matter of preference, if they like or don't like something . . . well, they're right. We're no better off if we try to explain why they should love or accept a part of our work just like they're no better if they try to tell us how to write our stories. But they can like and dislike parts of our work, that's why we write them. For them to feel something. So . . . readers are all the rage. But if you take pride in your work and accept that your stories are yours but share them anyway, it will all be fine. Because did you know?
For readers, authors are all the rage.
Go rage it up. No pressure.
***PS. I'm not having reviews issues of any kind. It's just a general thought on how we sometimes write while having readers' reactions in mind. :) ***