We all do it, sometimes we selfishly put forward OUR ideas inspite of the opinions of others. Ei) A character we know is slightly was out of place or is mildly outlandish but we have fallen in love with the idea. Though it doesn’t stop with characters, places, technology, myths and magic we all have that guilty little pleasure we inserted into our stories on a whim even though it doesn’t quite fit.
Then there are the times when writers hold back, censor some of the things we want for the sake of the readers. To please the readers is a goal in and of itself. Sometimes its heart breaking to pull back an idea because you ‘know’ it wont sit well or FEAR that it wont. Sometimes we hold back for other reasons, l like offending some minority, age group or singular person or just to be politically correct. Then there are times when you know there’s something the readers will LOVE but you the writer don’t feel to hot about, do you go ahead anyway or cut that section out?
My question comes to the point where the desires of the writer and that of the readers collide.
-Do you hold back or push yourself for the readers, or do you write purely for yourself? A mix of both?
-Do readers exert too much pressure too little?
-Is conforming to the norm something you worry about?
-Would you rather a writer aim to please others or themselves with their craft?
-How much sway should your input really have on a writers decision?
Long story short this is just a inquiry on personal values and opinion.
AND it’s late and I’m curious
Thankyou for reading