One of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve heard is “write what you would like to read”. Some people look down on certain genres because they feel it’s not serious enough or it doesn’t tackle real issues. Basically, people can be genre snobs, saying things like “I don’t read silly romances or silly fantasies”. The whole “I don’t read this and that” is okay but actively looking down on anything you personally don’t like is snobbish and rude. A lot of aspiring writers think they can’t write what they really want to write or rather that they need to write something more serious. I use to do this and kind of got over it really quickly because I couldn’t for the life of me think of anything else beyond what I really wanted to write about. Naturally, all the ideas I kept getting were more in line with what I read which some people might snub.
I like reading romance, thrillers, dramas, and suspense. I think the whole wanting to please other people is something you can reserve for your full-time job. But when it comes to passion projects like painting, drawing, photography, or writing you have to do what you like. Make what you yourself would like to consume. You know what you’re drawn to in general. I can’t say “all I read is romance and I love romance” but all I’m going to try writing is something more intense just to not look silly to some snobs.
Be true to yourself because that’s the only way you can actually get up and do the work. It’s not like anyone is paying you so you might as well love every process it involves. Get up and do your passion project the way you want to and love what you’re doing while you’re doing it. Follow that voice that’s in you no matter what other people think. Leave the whole doing what you are not passionate about for your full-time job to get that monthly income. When it comes to your passion project, make it for you.
I had to tell myself to write in whatever genre I want to and whoever doesn’t like it doesn’t have to read it, it’s fine, they can just move on to something else. Some people don’t feel like writing because maybe they are writing in the wrong genre or writing something someone else thinks they should. Being true to yourself is a huge step towards being able to let yourself follow your own path. (I just have to say, there are some romance books that people should definitely not write and certainly not put out there. There are some that literally pass up nonconsensual intercourse as hot. Please DON’T DO THAT!)
I guess my rant for today is that it’s okay to be you. It’s okay to write or draw or take a photo of what you like. Dan Brown says “Write like no one’s watching, because no one’s watching.” So you do you! if you like to read a certain genre then that is probably what you should be writing in.
On another note, I just saw ‘I care a lot.’ and shit that movie is messed up. So many aspects of the movie made me so angry. Definity don’t be you if by doing so you are hurting others. (the featured illustration was inspired by the movie).
Have an amazing rest of the week and hopefully you’ll be back here again next week Wednesday.