Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
We writers can form quite an attachment to our characters and stories. But we also know publishing is a business, and sometimes to make it in said business--to really build a career from it--we have to bend a bit. How far would you go to break into the publishing world?
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I’m a writer; I write because I love my stories and my characters. Writing isn’t about getting published--not completely--but of course it’s something I think about, dream about, wish and swoon over. What writer doesn’t?
I can’t say the bases really line up with my thoughts on this. I would certainly make minor revisions requested by an agent, and even major revisions by an editor (depending on how major, what characters they want to cut, how many tears I have to shed, etc.) are a possibility. I want my story to be the best it can be, even if I kick and scream the whole way there (or smile and nod while fuming on the inside before admitting editor/agent/whoever is right).
But jumping on a trend train or switching to a well-selling genre wouldn’t work for me. I write the stories that are in my head, heart, and crazy dreams (like the time giant owls were taking over the world…still trying to figure out how to use that one). Sometimes these line up with a trend, sometimes they don't. I write YA—certainly a well-selling genre—because my experiences that shape my stories are from my teenage years. But I wouldn't switch just to get published. If I did that, I wouldn't be writing the stories I set out to write.
What do you think?