What would you write if no one knew you were the author?
I’ve been pondering that question a lot lately.
Back when I first started writing, I didn’t know anything about the industry, wasn’t thinking about “publish-ability”, and just wrote what I enjoyed. Now I’m pretty sure I reject story ideas before they even reach my consciousness.
I want to write fearlessly. Like the writers of the old TV show Arrested Development where nothing was off limits, no subject taboo. Like Roxanne St. Claire and Suzanne Brockmann, who aren’t afraid to throw in some outrageous scene that makes the reader gasp in surprise and smile at the audacity. Like Christy Reece who seriously knows how to torture a character.
I want to be the writerly equivalent of a rock-climber, stunt driver, or sky diver.
I want to be a little bit shocking, to make readers wonder how I had the nerve to write that scene (and I’m not necessarily talking sex scenes here people).
I want to write like no one’s going to read my work.
I think only then will anyone truly want to.
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