Had a bit of a Q&A session with Palm tonight, and thought I’d post the answers up here:
Q. I have an idea. *eleborates* Do you think it’ll sell?
When you’re writing fiction, any idea can sell. No matter how silly.
What determines if a book will sell is how well it’s written. If you can write well enough to pull a reader into a story, involve and connect them to it, then they won’t care about the flaws or the realism or any of that. It’ll sell.The idea of stories needing to be flawless is a silly one that I could rant a lot on, but I won’t. Suffice to say, there’s no need to try to be perfect, just try to write a good story.
Q. Can I write?
Almost anyone in this world can write. The defining line comes in when it comes to whether you can write, and whether you can write well.
Really, very few of us can write perfectly. My writing’s heavily flawed, most likely the stuff you’re writing will have it’s flaws. It’s a thing that comes with practice. I’m still practicing, so you should be too, and there’s no need to worry about what you’re doing right now being flawed as long as you learn from mistakes and work to improve.
Q. Do you have a new publisher yet / are you trying to get anything published?
I am trying, and I’m dreaming, but I’m powerless right now (and viciously bitter about it).Then I went off to angst a bit.
The post feels inadequate. I swear, my direct reply was better than this. I’m just not a very good storyteller sometimes.