Should You Write What You Like to Read?

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I set a goal this year to outline a novel and to write six well-polished chapters. My struggle was deciding on what type of fiction to write. Naturally, the first place I turned to for advice was my best friend, Google, who told me that I should write the type of books that I like to read.

I felt uneasy about that advice, so I turned to the members of my LinkedIn group, “Aspiring Writers,” who told me the same thing.

That was a problem.

Most of the books that I read are thrillers or crime novels, but I wanted to write chick-lit. It was like I already knew the answer, but I was going to keep asking people until someone told me what I wanted to hear.

I got what I was looking for.

During my last writing group class, I asked my teacher what she thought. She told me that I should write what I want to write. Bottom line.

Chick-lit it is, I thought.

I got further confirmation when I read Kristen Lamb’s blog post about finding your voice. It was very helpful and I was reassured that I should write what comes naturally. That may or may not be my favorite genre to read.

I want to know:

Do you write what you like to read, or not?

Writing: Setting the Mood

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What is your writing routine?

Although I’m usually excited to come home from my day job and start working on my writing, I still enjoy having certain routines in place to set the mood. I’m not complicated; just having Jazz music playing and a glass of water (or wine) will do the job. I also like to have freshly sharpened pencils.

Here are some ideas to help you develop your own writing routine, or to incorporate into your existing one:

  • Play music to help you focus
  • Light a candle
  • Meditate before you start
  • Set goals (i.e. “I will write 1,000 words a day.”) and post them where you can see them
  • Choose a location
  • Choose a time of day you would like to write, and try to stick to that

Here are some links for more ideas:

Please share your writing routine. What works for you? What have you tried that doesn’t work?