Fiction Writing Tip #12

Write something you want to read.

Don’t worry about that critic who tries to deconstruct good storytelling by swinging conjectures around like little demolition balls aimed straight at your narrative voice. You don’t delight in her preferred genres, anyway. Silently agree to disagree on matters of taste, forgive her literary strangulations, and go ahead and write what you know and love.

Chances are, you will enjoy both the writing and the reading experience of your book in the end.

She won’t, but she can always read something else if she wants.

That, or maybe she’ll finally log off the internet and get around to writing the book she wants to read.

Here are four differing, narrative styles I enjoy very much. Because of this, I can’t help but want my own creative writing to imitate what these authors have mastered in their own stories: plot lines involving suffering, loss, and self-sacrifice (Tolkien); witty conversations (Austen); looking at life through the lens of a child’s thoughts and experiences (Montgomery); and masterfully constructing a plot which convicts, teaches, and inspires (Lee).