by Annette Young
There’s a great deal of advice available when it comes to writing and publishing but too much advice can equate to confusion. I’m often asked the question as to whether writers should just write for their personal pleasure as inspiration strikes or write with a dedicated audience and marketplace in mind. There’s concern that you can’t just have unrestricted creativity if you are also planning ahead and trying to fit into a specific genre. Let’s cut to the chase and smooth away any confusion.
If you wish to be creative for the sheer pleasure of it, you can write absolutely anything. Creativity means giving your imagination complete freedom and letting the words just pour from you. There’s no concern about word count or writing for a dedicated readership, it’s just about you and the whole creative process.
If however, you have every intention of having your work published and for others to be able to read your stories or book, then it pays to do a little research. Who are your intended readers? What publication would you like to write for? If a book, which genre? How can you make your book stand out?